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How To Choose Dog Shampoo

By John DoeLast update: 2023-12-31

Not only do we need to take care of our own hair, but your dog also needs to take care of and protect their coat. So how to choose a good shampoo and how to choose dog shampoo?

To ensure that the dog's coat is well taken care of, dog shampoo needs to be chosen properly because they will do the job of cleaning the hair and skin and even come into contact with both a lot.

So the article below will help pet owners make an informed decision before buying shampoo.

1. Ingredients to avoid before buying shampoo

Dyes or coloring agents

Almost all synthetic cosmetic color additives have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems such as D'And C Blue No. 4, or D'And C Yellow No. 8, CI 1940 or Tartrazine , is also associated with allergic reactions, migraines, hyperactivity, and tumors. In addition, some products made from coal tar may contain carcinogens.

In addition, according to James Lee, an expert in haircare, and chemical related things, you should also avoid choosing a light-colored liquid, instead choose the natural color in the shampoo because it does not contain chemicals that usually range from milky white to pale yellow.

Fragrance or perfume

Most products with fragrance are derived from chemicals. Some of the effects of artificial fragrances are related to allergies, headaches, and nausea. So you should use organic shampoo to ensure their coat.


This is an inexpensive substance but is used by many cosmetic manufacturers as a preservative. Parabens are actually similar to the hormone estrogen and may be linked to breast cancer. In addition, some other names such as methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben benzyl-para hydroxybenzoic acid (p-hydroxybenzoic acid), parahydroxybenzoate (p-hydroxybenzoate).

We recommend choosing shampoos with citrus seed extract and natural vitamins A, C and E.

Mineral oil

It is also a petroleum by-product, derived from propylene glycol. It is also one of the key ingredients in baby shampoo. However, it will not be good to use in cosmetics and shampoos as emollients. This can be harmful to the skin and has been linked to health problems including liver and kidney damage.

Stearalkonium chloride

As an ingredient in shampoos and conditioners, it acts as an anti-bacterial and a surfactant. It will cause skin and eye irritation, increase blood pressure and adversely affect the brain and organs.

Sodium laureth sulfate

They are used in cosmetic products as cleaning agents. It may cause irritation of the mouth and upper gastrointestinal tract; skin irritation, if prolonged contact. Avoid contact with eyes as it can cause severe irritation if not rinsed off promptly, in extreme cases leading to permanent tissue damage. Instead, you should use products with olive oil, coconut oil, and other natural fatty oils.

DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA

As an agent for foaming in shampoos. May cause cancer.

2. Dry and itchy skin problems or allergies

Look for shampoos with natural ingredients like oatmeal, aloe, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and honey. Because they will help restore moisture to the pet's skin to avoid skin allergies leading to a greater risk of dry skin. Therefore, you need to thoroughly wash away any remaining soap that can irritate the skin.

If you have an allergic reaction or dry skin that shows red bumps, take it to your vet and change to a medicated pet shampoo.

Limit the use of shampoos with artificial fragrance because it is derived from chemicals and is easy to irritate the skin, and eyes.

3. Anti-flea and tick shampoo

They are nasty pests that can transmit a number of dangerous diseases to their dog's host. If your dog is infected with parasites, anti-mite shampoos can be used to kill ticks and fleas, preventing the recurrence of parasites. Duration of use is at least 3 weeks, and for dogs with sensitive skin, it is recommended to use products without chemicals and with ingredients from natural oils and plants.

4. Types of dog coats

Soft bristles

It is recommended to use a shampoo containing conditioner or after using a separate shampoo, you can use a conditioner specifically for hair on the mane to moisturize effectively. Curly hairs only need a separate conditioner and after shampooing, you should moisturize and make the hair more manageable. At the same time, you should use a hair dryer when brushing gently to retain more shine.

White/light plumage

You should use Beaphar White Coat Shampoo and combine a good dog conditioner. Often the brighteners in shampoos prevent yellowing of the hair.

5. Alternatives for traditional baths

Using dry shampoo and dog wipes is a great way to stay clean when you're on the road and can't wash with soap and water. Wet wipes have the effect of deodorizing odors and dirt, besides, it also helps to keep the coat and feet clean.

6. Types of shampoos

Powdered or waterless shampoos are great for aggressive pets that don't like water. Simply rub dry shampoo into your hair and wait for it to effectively absorb grease and dust particles. However, you also need a certain amount of time before brushing dry shampoo out of your hair.

7. Other features

According to the ASPCA (American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), it should be noted that dogs are bathed at least every three months. However, if your pet travels outdoors and plays in the mud/soil, it is imperative that you bathe him as often as the Basset Hound due to their oily coat.

Note that shampoo when choosing must have natural ingredients, vitamins and proteins. Any concoctions with chemical dyes and artificial fragrances should be limited, including safe natural fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, citrus, and eucalyptus.


Choosing a dog shampoo is one of the solutions that we always want to mention and clearly show the above information. Especially if you want to find the right product, you need to understand the adaptations and nature of your pets.

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