Congratulation in wanting to ensure that your dog is well clean and groom, believe or not, a lot of pet owners actually do not bath their dogs. For the fact that you are reading this article right now I want to congratulate you.
You may not realise it, but dogs have very sensitive skin that is half the thickness of human skin and has a very different pH balance. I know you may want to use the same shampoo and conditioner you use, but please do not irritate your dog skin by avoiding avoid using human products or soaps on your dog and instead use products that have been specifically designed with your dog’s coat and skin in mind.
WHAT NOT TO USE in bathinG your dog
If something is safe for human use, that does not mean it will be safe for your pets. One of the reason is that pets normally lick themselves often and some of these home-made remedies we use for skin maladies and skin care, or products we often times buy in stores, things can be toxic when ingested.
In particular, avoid tea tree products. Tea tree is antibacterial and antiseptic, but if the tea tree in a product is in sufficient concentration to have all the purported benefits, it will be toxic if consumed.
Bathing Dogs that have itchy skin
Many dogs have itchy skins, so if your dog has itchy skin, you may want to consider using a medicated shampoo, perhaps even an oatmeal shampoo such as Aloveen. Shampoos with aloe vera and oatmeal are particularly soothing.
Frequent Skin Infections
If your dog is prone to dermatitis and bacterial or fungal flare-ups try using medicated shampoos as these contains miconazole or chlorhexidine. These shampoos can be drying, so should only be used on medical recommendation.
Does Your Pet Has Greasy Skin?
Some dogs can be very smelly or greasy, if your dog is one of them you may want to use a pet shampoo such as sebolyse may help. This shampoo is also antibacterial and antifungal, two other sources of smelly skin. I must stress the fact that you need to read the label to see how long you have to leave the shampoo on for. Medicated shampoos really need a long contact time of 5-10.
Does Your Pet Has Flaky Skin?
Some dogs have flaky skin and so you could use Aloveen or a very gentle shampoo and a good brush to redistribute the natural oils through the coat. Fish oils can also be use particularly in the form of Dermoscent, with the correct ratio of omega 3s and omega 6s. Shampooing can actually dry the skin, so backing off with the baths might also help for dogs with dry skin.
Your Dog if He Has Normal Skin
An ordinary pet shampoo is all you need if your dog doesn’t have flakes, grease or excessive smell.
Using a Conditioner to Bath Your Dog and Why You Need One
Conditioner is not always necessary especially if you have a good shampoo. Conditioners can help with a dry coat, and are often left in. Conditioners can also be applied in between baths if your dog is getting a little smelly and you don’t have time for the full bath. They can help to mask that doggy smell.
If you search online, you will find a lot of pet shampoos and conditioners that will be just right for your pet. For those pets that have skin diseases or other skin problems you can find specialised shampoo you can use to wash them. For further advice and information on what shampoo is best for your pet, visit your Veterinarian.
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