No, all dog shampoos are not created equal. In fact, there are a few different types of shampoos that are available on the market, and each one is designed for a specific purpose. It's important to understand the difference between these types of shampoos so you can choose the right one for your pet. Let's explore pet shampoos and how to give your furry friend the best hygiene care!
Why It's Important to Use a Good Dog Shampoo
Dogs are like children—they need to be clean and have good hygiene in order to stay healthy. Just as you would use a good shampoo on your child, you should also use good dog shampoo on your pooch.
Using quality dog shampoo has many benefits for your furry friends. For one, it helps keep your dog's coat clean and healthy. A clean coat is less likely to harbor bacteria and parasites, which can make your dog sick. A quality, pH balanced shampoo also helps to reduce itching by keeping their fur and skin moisturized.
Using a good dog shampoo can help minimize the amount of shedding your dog does. Dogs who shed excessively can leave hair all over your house and furniture. Using shampoos with quality ingredients also helps reduce the amount of hair your dog sheds, making it easier to keep your home clean.
Types of Dog Shampoo
There are many different types of dog shampoo on the market, and it can be hard to know which one is right for your pet. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common types of shampoo and their benefits.
Some are specifically made to deal with certain kinds of skin conditions, while others are meant to simply clean and freshen up your dog's coat. There are also shampoos that contain conditioners to help keep your dog's coat healthy and looking shiny.
Some options for dog shampoos:
Many people prefer to use unscented or fragrance free shampoo on their dogs for a variety of reasons. Some people find that scented shampoos can cause skin irritation, while others simply don't like the smell of artificial fragrances. The unscented shampoo is also a good choice for dogs with allergies or sensitive skin.
Our naturally derived formula features a fragrance-free shampoo enriched with organic Witch Hazel, Chamomile, and Aloe Vera to shampoo & condition leaving your loved one feeling clean and refreshed.
Scented dog shampoos are a popular choice for many pet owners. These shampoos come in a variety of scents, from wild berry to lavender, and are designed to leave your dog's coat smelling fresh and clean. Many people find that scented shampoos help with any unpleasant odors coming from their pet's fur.
It is important to know your pet's skin type when choosing a scented shampoo. It's always safe to choose a shampoo that has naturally derived scents rather than artificial fragrances. Some synthetic fragrances have been linked to cancer as well as reproductive and developmental toxicity and commonly used phthalates are hormone disruptors…meaning they can cause endocrine system issues.
Nuesta pets lavender shampoo is a no-nonsense, no-hidden ingredients, calming & soothing shampoo for dogs and puppies to cleanse, detangle and moisturize their coats. Features a salon-quality shampoo formula enriched with lavender essential oil, oat amino acids, aloe vera, chamomile & apple fruit extract to shampoo & condition leaving your loved one feeling clean, refreshed, and smelling great.
Waterless Spray On Shampoo:
Once I found out there was a dry shampoo for dogs, it was a game changer! My pup isn’t a fan of water, so Nuesta’s Waterless Spray shampoo is the most convenient way to bathe my dog without the anxiety of wrestling in the tub! The hypoallergenic unscented and Lavender spray on waterless shampoo are the fastest and easiest full body bath for smelly dogs and puppies. Simply spray dry shampoo directly onto dry fur to moisten the coat, massage in, and towel or let air dry. You'll save a ton of time because the dry shampoo has absolutely No Rinse Required!
Waterless Foaming Shampoo:
For another great and healthy shampoo that will save you a ton of time, Nuesta's foaming dry shampoos are perfect. Both the hypoallergenic unscented and the lavender feature natural formulas enriched with organic Witch Hazel, Chamomile, and Aloe Vera to shampoo & condition so your dog is clean and refreshed without the constant itching. Simply lather foam from head to toe, massage in, and towel dry.
It's no secret that pets can get a little stinky. And, if you're like most pet owners, you don't have time to give your pet a bath every time they need a clean-up. Nuesta's Hypoallergenic Bath Replacement Wipes use a unique formula that actually breaks down and destroy odors while moisturizing for a healthier coat and skin.
The wipes are EXTRA large and thick, making them easy to use and great for quick cleaning. They're also naturally derived, plant-based, unscented, and pH balanced, which means they're gentle on your pet's sensitive skin!
How to Choose the Right Dog Shampoo
Dogs are like people in that they have different skin types, and just as with people, some dog breeds are more prone to skin problems than others. So it's important to select the right shampoo for your dog's breed and skin type.
There are many shampoos on the market formulated specifically for dogs, so it can be tricky to choose the right one. The best way to start is by reading the labels and looking for ingredients that are meant to treat your dog's specific skin problem. If you're not sure what your dog's skin needs, ask your veterinarian for advice.
At Nuesta Pets we know that the key to happiness is surrounding yourself with animals! We care about each and every pet, and know that they aren't just animals, they are family. We promise to treat your fur baby just as well as you would!
We are paws-itively certain that your four legged shadow will love our high-quality ingredients, that are not only safe for all skin types but will leave your pet clean and smelling great! That sounds like the perfect combo for snuggle time to us!
Ingredients to avoid when shopping for Dog Shampoo
Always watch out for certain ingredients to avoid if you want your pooch to have a healthy coat and itch free skin.
- Proprietary blend of coat and skin conditioners and moisturizers: I know what you’re thinking: “That isn’t an ingredient!” You’re right. But it IS frequently listed on dog shampoo labels. If you see this statement, do NOT purchase this product. This is what manufacturers say when they don’t want you to know what’s in the bottle
- Artificial fragrances: some synthetic fragrances have been linked to cancer as well as reproductive and developmental toxicity
- Phthalates: If “fragrance” is listed, it’s likely phthalates are present. Phthalates are hormone disruptors…meaning they cause endocrine system issues. They are synthesized from petroleum and are linked to organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions. Used to visually enhance the product but they are not “pure” chemicals and many of them are contaminated.
- Formaldehyde preservatives: It’s been known to trigger an immune response that can include burning, itching, blistering, or scaling of the skin. So, if you see any of these names on the package, avoid the product as formaldehyde can be labeled: Bromopol, Doazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin (often mis-typed on dog shampoo bottles as DHDH hydantoin), Imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-7, -15, -31, -61, and Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
- Isothiazolinone preservatives: Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone are both known skin irritants that have been associated with significant allergic reactions. There’s strong evidence that methylisothiazolinone is also a neurotoxin.
- Paraben preservatives: Parabens are thought to be “stored” in the body and have a cumulative effect posing health risks such as estrogen disruption, cancer, and reproductive issues. It may be listed as butylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben.
- Cocamide-MEA: is a surfactant that is restricted for use in cosmetics because it has high contamination concerns from nitrosamines. Contaminants can develop in certain conditions- such as high temperatures or acidic pH (3-5 or lower). They are thought to be carcinogenic and have reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, and organ system toxicity.
- Triethanolamine: Closely related to Cocamide-MEA and may be listed as Cocamide-TEA. It’s used as a surfactant and pH adjuster. It’s at high risk of being contaminated with nitrosamines.
- Mineral oil: While yes it can help the skin retain its own moisture by providing a protective barrier over it, it also keeps the skin from releasing its own natural oils and eliminating toxins… and that’s not so good. It’s a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons from crude oil. It’s a possible toxin and allergy inducer.
- SD Alcohol 40: (often called isopropyl or SD-40). It is drying to both the skin and hair oils. SD-40 also enhances skin absorption- meaning it is easier for the other toxic ingredients to enter through the skin.
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG): is a humectant- used to help skin retain moisture. It is known to irritate the skin, but the scarier side is that it is a “penetration enhancer” -meaning it’s a carrier for other chemicals that helps them cross through the skin and into the bloodstream. It may also be contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide.
- PEG-40 Lanolin: is a polyethylene glycol derivative of lanolin. It may be contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide.
- Propylene glycol: is a skin conditioner, solvent, and humectant. Like polyethylene glycol, it’s a penetration enhancer. It’s also a suspected immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, and skin toxin.
- Sodium benzoate preservative: When sodium benzoate and citric acid or ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) are mixed they may become benzene- a cancer-causing chemical associated with leukemia and other blood disorders. If not mixed with citric or ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate is considered safe.
- Dish soap: While dish soap is good for cleaning crude oil of fur and feathers, it strips the oils that dogs naturally produce and need to protect their skin and keep their coats healthy
Nuesta Pets says NO to parabens, SLS, caustics, dyes, phthalates, chlorine, formaldehyde, triclosan, soap, PEG, and phosphates. Our products are all Non-toxic & cruelty-free.
FAQs About Dog Shampoo
What can I bathe my dog with to get rid of the odor?
There are many dog shampoos on the market that claim to get rid of pet odor. But not all of them work as well as they promise. So it can be tricky to find the right one for your pet.
Nuesta Pets shampoos are formulated to actually break down and oxidize odors at the source. You can always check the reviews if you're unsure.
Can you use scented shampoo on dogs?
It's a common question: Can you use scented shampoo on dogs? The answer is yes, but it's not recommended to use shampoos that have fragrances. Fragrances can irritate your dog's skin, and may even cause skin problems. It's best to stick to unscented or shampoos with naturally derived scents when bathing your dog.
Why is my dog so smelly?
Bathing your dog too often can strip its fur of these natural oils, which can actually make them smell worse. The best way to keep your dog smelling fresh is to give them a bath about once a month using your favorite Nuesta pets shampoo.
There can be a variety of reasons why your dog is smelly, such as a poor diet, uncleanliness, and even certain medical conditions. In most cases, though, the root of the problem is simply that your dog is being a dog! Playing outside, sticking their heads out the window during a car ride, rolling around in the grass or mud. Your dog can get smelly for many reasons! But, with the right grooming products, you can keep your pet so fresh and so clean all the time!
How do I get my dog to stop smelling between baths?
Dogs are animals that love to roll in the dirt. They also have a tendency to smell bad, even after a bath. This can be a real problem if you want your house to smell good and don't want people asking you what that smell is.
You can always try grooming wipes to keep your pup clean at home and on the go in between bath times! We use a unique formula that actually breaks down and destroys odors while moisturizing for a healthier coat and skin!