Part of a dog’s charm is watching them jump into puddles, roll around in litter and chase squirrels into the bushes. But there’s no escaping the fact that this charm comes with a lot of bathing, fur care and of course, smell and ticks.
Vets recommend not bathing your dog often as it strips their coat and skin from natural oils, but we all know how a bath can rescue your nose and delicate furnishings. Therefore, in this article, we discuss the best dog shampoos that suit different needs while ensuring all basic needs are met. For example, an ideal dog shampoo:
Must be heavy-duty yet gentle,
Help preserve natural oils,
Must be natural and organic,
Lather easily and clean effectively,
Shouldn’t smell too much, and
Must be hypo-allergenic.
Best pick: Earthbath All-Natural Shampoo
Earthbath shampoos justify their name – they are free from cruelty, parabens, synthetic dyes, perfumes, phosphates, gluten, enzymes, and SLS/SLES. For a dog with sensitive skin, a shampoo with non-irritating soap is good news.
The natural ingredients include oatmeal and aloe vera on a coconut base for cleansing. Its Vitamins A, B, D & E and almond extracts nourish the coat while a gentle vanilla fragrance makes it a wholesome, luxurious bath.
To top it all, they are cruelty-free and come in biodegradable packaging!
For Stinky Times: Nature's Miracle Supreme Odor Control Shampoo & Conditioner
Again, an au naturale, plant-based shampoo that hits on the serious side of odors and leaves your dog feeling refreshed. Nature’s Miracle Supreme is a lemon-scented, heavy-duty shampoo that gently dissolves debris and dirt from your dog’s coat, lathers easily, and does not irritate your dog’s skin.
For Sensitive Dogs: 4-Legger Certified Organic All-Natural Dog Shampoo
Some dogs, such as Labradors, are more prone to allergies and standard shampoos exacerbate their discomfort and irritation leading to scratching, biting and broken skin.
This shampoo by 4-Legger is a hot-favorite of many dog parents for this very reason. It is certified to organic food standards and has the gentlest natural ingredients – olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut extracts, aloe vera, lemongrass, and rosemary. They moisturize the skin naturally, heal the dog’s skin, effectively work with dermatitis, deter flea and ticks, and are great even for senior dogs and pups. So, go get it for your baby!
For Ticks: Wahl’s Flea and Tick Shampoo
This should be your top choice when your furry friend is troubled with fleas and ticks. Mildly scented and cruelty-free, Wahl’s shampoo has mint, rosemary, and cedar oils that naturally repel skin parasites while also thoroughly cleaning the skin and coat.
Some dog parents have also noted a reduction in shedding as well. So, that’s another win!
For Deshedding: Furminator deShedding Premium Pet Shampoo
Some dogs shed more than other breeds. However, if your pooch is experiencing excessive shedding, you can check that with this Furminator shampoo. Its nourishing natural oils and ingredients like aloe vera, calendula, blueberry, and papaya leaf extracts, strengthen hair follicles, root to tip, and promote healthier, shinier coat.
Why not use a human product for my dog?
Because first, the dog’s skin pH levels are different from humans, and second, dog skin is more sensitive than humans. So, resist the temptation to share your shampoo with your dog, if you truly love them.
In case of emergencies, you can use gentle baby shampoos. But, try to avoid that too.