Just like with humans, dogs have different factors that contribute to the health of their skin and fur, and choosing the wrong shampoo can ultimately work against maintaining it (which completely defeats the purpose.) Not to worry; as the shampros, we’re here to help – so we’ve compiled a quick guide of main things to consider when purchasing your pet’s shampoo.
- Skin condition is the main thing to keep in mind. If your dog’s skin is flaky and itchy, you’ll want to opt for a moisturizing shampoo and avoid those with scents, as they tend to have more chemicals. Instead consider shampoos with natural ingredients, like oatmeal and vitamin E.
- Just like baby shampoos are designed for baby’s skin and eyes, puppy shampoos are gently formulated for what a young dog’s skin needs.
- Definitely consider the smell you’re trying to combat while grooming; if your pet gets into the trash or likes to chase skunks, you’ll want a deodorizing shampoo, as they kill the cause of odor rather than masking.
- If your pet’s coat easily tangles, consider a shampoo-conditioner to detangle and restore softness and shine.
- Fleas and Ticks. If your pet has issues with fleas and ticks, you’ll need a shampoo intended to kill and fend them off. Remember that medicated shampoo is not an answer to treatment and regular prevention regime is necessary for the health of your pet.
- Coat color. Some dogs with lighter or white coats may require a speciality shampoo that are formulated to avoid yellowing and keep white coats bright and lustrous.
- Your grooming preference. Some people much prefer to ditch the bathtub, suds, and wet dog smell and opt for a waterless shampoo, especially if their dog hates water or gets ear infections easily.
Of course the main thing to keep in mind is your pet’s comfort; and grooming is a great way to keep your pet’s skin healthy, which ultimately makes their life (and naps) so much easier. If you have an impeccably groomed pet, show us! We’d love to see them [literally] shine!