Dog Shampoo

The Benefits of Shampoo

How often should I bathe my dog?

Bathing your dog doesn’t have to be a burden despite soaking yourself and the bathroom. It can be a fun time with your loveable hound. Now this doesn’t mean you have to bathe your dog everyday like we do. Overall frequency will depend on the breed of your dog, for most dogs a bath once a month will do, while dogs with oily coats may require weekly baths to maintain a healthy coat. Using the right shampoo will ensure the time you spend is time well spent and the end result will a happy pooch with a healthy and luscious coat 

Can I use my shampoo on my dog?

Time for some science, you should refrain from using human shampoo on your dog as our shampoo is designed to wash away and replace the acid mantle (a lightly acidic layer that serves as a barrier to protect the top most layer of our skin). This is defined as the relative pH balance of the skin. Humans typically range from 5-6 pH level which is on the acidic side and our shampoos are formulated with this in mind. Now dogs tend to have pH levels of around 5.5-7.7, a more alkaline concentration. Therefore, if human shampoo is used on a dog regularly their acid mantle may become disrupted creating an environment for bacteria to run rampant. This is why dog shampoos are specifically made with the canine’s pH levels in mind. Dog specific shampoo is gentle on their fur to prevent their coats natural oils from being stripped yet strong enough to get out dirt and other unwanted particles. 

Which shampoo should I use?

So, you’ve decided to start bathing your dog with dog specific shampoo. What are the specific benefits? What are the different types? Which shampoo is best for my dog?

Puppy Friendly: Puppy shampoo is designed to be gentle on your little puppies’ sensitive skin. WildWash Pet Puppy Love Shampoo and Bonnie & Bailey Puppy are excellent choices for your bundle of joy. 

Flea Protection: Flea shampoo works to deter fleas from sticking to your dog without using harsh chemicals WildWash Pro Pet Anti-Flea helps in this regard. Animology Flea Shampoo will work to relieve your dog of inflamed skin and will help rid your dog of the pests.

Stinky Coats: Stinky coat shampoo is designed to help combat the toughest foul odours including fox poop which your dog might have picked up outside. WildWash Pet Stinky Shampoo, Animology Fox Poo Shampoo and House of Paws Dirty Dog Deodorisng Shampoo are easy solutions to any stinky problem. 

Greasy/Dark Coats: Some dogs have heavy and greasy coats, to help maintain these darker coats its recommended to use shampoo suited to these dogs such as WildWash Pro Shampoo for Dark and Greasy Coats or Animology Pawfect Coat Degreasing Dog Shampoo.

Conditioner: If your dog has a longer coat, it’s a good idea to use a conditioner as it will help make your dog’s coat healthier and your job easier by removing mattes and tangles. House of Paws off 2-in-1 solution with Dirty Dogs 2-in-1 and Curious Dog Coconut Conditioner.

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