Your companion is special and requires appropriate products. So, you should never use your products or anything meant for humans on your pooch. Instead, use some of the dog-friendly products listed below!
The Problem With Human Products
Just like humans, the skin is the largest organ of the body. The skin is regularly exposed to outside elements and is susceptible to harm. So, proper care and diet are essential to keep our companions healthy. The biggest difference between our skin and our pups is pH levels. Dogs have a more neutral level pH and products made for our more acidic skin can leave your pal’s skin dry and flaky. Additionally, artificial scents and other ingredients can be irritating to the skin and even the eyes.
Also, you may have used dishwashing soap on your pet before. While they are effective at removing grease and oil, they should not be used regularly. Using dish soap frequently over dog-safe shampoo will strip your pet’s skin of natural oils. This will leave your pal with dry, itchy skin that is prone to bacteria and allergens.
What Should I Use?
To ensure you are taking the best care of your pal, their fur, and skin, you should use a shampoo that is:
- formulated for dogs
- free from fragrances, dyes, alcohol, and parabens
- eliminates odors
- matches your dog’s coat type (double coat, long-haired, curly, etc)
What About Conditioner?
Not all dogs need conditioner. However, if your pal has dry or flaky skin, conditioner can help! Additionally, using a conditioner during the winter months is a good idea. This can help moisturize your pup’s skin. Also, if you live in a drier area of the country, a conditioner can help to relieve itchiness and dryness.
Remember to take care of your companion’s hygiene and keep up with regular grooming, nail trimming, and bathing your pal. Additionally, be sure to use a dog-friendly shampoo to keep your pal’s skin and coat healthy and Fido happy!