How to Choose a Pet Friendly Shampoo

01.18.2013 | 10:39 am

There are almost as many pet shampoos on the market as there are people shampoos.  As a result, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the variety of them.  There are medicated shampoos, pet shampoo for white fur, flea and tick shampoos, shampoo for pets with sensitive skin, just to name a few.

You may even ask yourself, “why can’t I just use my own shampoo on my pet?”  After all, shampoo is shampoo, right?  Well, it turns out the chemistry of our bodies are different from those of our pets, and people shampoo can be overly harsh on sensitive pet skin.  In fact, people shampoo can dry out pet skin, making it itchy and flaky. So, if your pet already suffers from itchy dry skin, people shampoo can make it worse.

Which brings us back to discovering the right shampoo for your pet.

Sensitive Skin

If your pet has sensitive skin caused by allergies, hot spots or simply seasonal dryness, you may want to try a shampoo with aloe vera and oatmeal.  Both ingredients will soothe your pet’s skin in the short term and will help it heal in the long term.

Aloe is loaded with vitamins and is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial—both of which can contribute to healing your pet’s itchy skin.  Oatmeal also nourishes your pet’s skin and the two together can provide excellent relief.

White Breeds

If you have an American Eskimo or other white breed, the whitening shampoos will remove yellow stains and make their beautiful coats “pop”. The reason is, many whitening shampoos have a “bluing” component as a color enhancer.  Blue gives an optical illusion to a white coat, making it appear even whiter than it really is.

Flea Shampoos

If it’s flea season, you will find a lot of “flea and tick” shampoos on the market.  One natural pest repellant is neem oil– which you’ll find in many botanical blends.  Peppermint is also a pest repellant and will leave your pet smelling fresh and clean.

Natural Shampoos

As a Holistic Select® customer, you’re aware of the harsh chemicals found in many everyday products—including some dog shampoos.

In order to limit your pet’s exposure to harsh chemicals, be sure to read the labels of shampoos to make sure you’re truly choosing a natural, botanical shampoo loaded with pure ingredients.  Look for ones without parabens, as these preservatives are linked to cancer.

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