Treating your pet to a bit of a spa day is great as long as the grooming products you use are made with natural non-toxic ingredients. As your pet's skin is its largest organ and anything you use on there skin and coat can be easily absorbed into the body. Here are some simple tips of what to look out for when selecting natural grooming products for your pet.
Pick a product that is made for pets
- You might share your home and maybe even you couch with your dog, but there’s one thing you should never share with your pooch and that is your shampoo.
- Your pet's skin has a pH of close to 7.5 which is very neutral while human skin is more acidic sitting at a pH of 5.5.
- Human shampoos contains chemicals that are too harsh for your pet skin that strip away the natural oils from the skin and hair leaving irritated skin and a dull coat.
Patch test the product first
- For puppies or pets with sensitive skin it is always best to patch a small amount of the shampoo or grooming products first to make sure there is no reaction or irritation.
- If your dog seems irritated at all – talk to your vet and ask for their recommendation of a more suitable product.
Check out the ingredients list
- When purchasing natural grooming products it is always good to check the ingredients on the back of the bottle.
- Although many companies do list their ingredients that doesn’t always mean it is a complete list of everything included.
- There are even some shampoos that have no ingredients listed on them at all.
- Or some that use generic terms in their ‘ingredients’ list like ‘odour removers’ or ‘rinsing and conditioning agents’ these products should be avoided.
Find a brand that you can trust!
- Do your research and try to shop with a brand you trust.
- Companies that really care about producing high quality natural products will be proud to talk about the ingredients they use in their products.
Ingredients to avoid in pet grooming products
- Sodium laureth, SLS or SLES is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in a lots of products. SLS is a known skin irritant and if inhaled or accidentally in contact with your pets eyes can cause irritation or damage.
- Artificial fragrances listed under dog shampoo ingredients usually means thousands of unnatural ingredients combines to make the shampoo smell better or to mask the use of harmful chemicals.
- Mineral oil is a by-product of distilled petrol made from crude oil. This oil works by coating anything it touches with a thick impenetrable layer that doesn’t allow for the skin to naturally eliminate its own oils and toxins.
- Parabens are used as preservatives in dog shampoos and other grooming products to extend shelf life and prevent microbial growth.
- Artificial colours should be avoided in pet grooming products as if you see a dog shampoo with colour, as it will likely contain synthetic colour and other ingredients that you want to avoid as well.