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How to Choose a Right Dog Shampoo ?

Posted by Vinayak Randive on
How to Choose a Right Dog Shampoo ?
Choosing a Dog Shampoo for your pet can be a difficult choice. Though there are several shampoo for dogs available in pet stores or online, lack of information may result in picking up a dog shampoo that does not meet real expectations. 

Which Dog Shampoo is Best for my Dog?

Well informed pet parents can make appropriate choices when it comes to pet care need for their pets. Selecting a natural, safe and high performance Dog Shampoo can eventually improve your dog's overall health and hygiene care.

1. Pick a Dog Shampoo with Natural Conditioners

Conditioners use ingredients that could be natural or synthetically made. The instant detangling products which are used after the bath mainly use synthetically made silicones. 

On the other hand, dog conditioning shampoos made using natural polymers interact with hair proteins and provide good conditioning effects.

Advantages of using a Conditioning Shampoo for Dogs & Cats

There are many advantages of the shampoo also contains a conditioner.


Firstly a  good conditioning shampoo for dogs does the following.

  1. Restores the lost moisturizing factor.
  2. Helps coat detangling.
  3. Makes the coat of your pet soft.

Saves Bathing Time

Secondly, since you do not need to apply a separate conditioner, it saves bathing time of your dog. With most puppies and dog's who get restless during bathing time, this is is a blessing for your pet and you.

Shampoo for dogs that is easy to rinse to save water

For instance, Naturelix range of Dog Shampoos is an all in one conditioning shampoo. It helps caring for your pet's skin and coat wellness. More so, it is engineered to provide fast rinse off of shampoo, thanks to the advanced Eco Wash technology.  Hence it provides adequate cleansing and conditioning for puppies and dog breeds of all types coats.  

Saves Money

Using an all in one Dog Shampoo & Conditioner, also helps save money while bathing at home or at a professional pet grooming spa. When you use a separate shampoo and conditioner, you have to buy both of them separately which in-turn is costly. 

2. Choose a Pet Shampoo with Natural Actives & Essential Oils.

Pet Hygiene care needs of each pet vary throughout its lifespan. Shampoo and a conditioner can provide basic hygiene.

brown essential oils bottle used for dog shampoo for skin

The shampoo removes dirt from the coat and skin, whereas the conditioner help in hair detangling and restores natural sheen on the coat.

Very often it is found that the shampoos that provide basic hygiene are unable to maintain pet wellness for a long time.

Hence, to provide enhanced wellness, a good shampoo should be enriched with ‘Natural Actives’.  Natural Actives have specific functionality like skin moisturization, restoration of skin elasticity etc.

Use of 'pure essential oils' compliment natural actives and further enhances skin & coat wellness. In addition pure grade essential oils also assists in deodorizing pets naturally.

3. Use a good non-medicated natural Dog Shampoo for overall wellness.

If your pet is troubled with severe issues like fungal, bacterial infections or persistent Tick and Flea infestations, it may be good to visit your Vet

 For example, if your pet has severe infestation of Ticks and Flea, you will need a Vet’s prescribed medicated shampoo. Medicated Shampoo mostly contain “pesticide active” to kill the Ticks and Flea already present on the body.

If your Vet prescribes any medicine, it is important to complete the course and then move on to use non-medicated hygiene products for regular use.

Important Note

Prolong use of medicated shampoo in dogs and cats can lead to severe skin and coat issues.  As a responsible pet parent you need use medicated pet shampoos only when prescribed and not continue indefinite use of medicated shampoos. This can cause adverse long term effects. 

Advantage of Non Medicated Pet Shampoos

On the other hand, good non medicated Dog Shampoos are specifically developed to help prevent or provide relief from certain wellness issues on a regular basis.

Safely formulated Dog & Cat Shampoos like Naturelix can indeed provide comprehensive pest deterrence as well as promote healthy skin and coat in dogs.  

4. Select a Multi-benefit Shampoo based on the specific needs of your dog.

In many instances, pet shampoo for dogs catering only to a particular issue may not be as effective in providing other useful benefits. You may consider to choose a dog shampoo that offers multiple benefits. 

dog having bath a dog spa with natural dog shampoo

For example if the dog has itching, dandruff issue, it may be good to use a dog shampoo that provides comprehensive skin wellness.

Similarly if harmful pest is a concern, it may be good to buy the product providing Tick and Flea deterrence as well as skin wellness. There are several pet health issues related to allergies in dogs. 

Special Hypoallergenic products help reduce the occurrence of allergies.

If your pet is allergic to normal hygiene ingredients, try Hypoallergenic shampoos, like Naturelix Spa Care or Gentle Care. For all cat parents, Feline Care is a safe Cat Shampoo choice that has the mildest of actives. 


5. Read the Product Label.

Most pet parents unknowingly do not read the product label of pet hygiene  products. To know ‘what’s inside the bottle’, good brands provide a clear  & detailed ingredients list.

Display of critical and mandatory information on product labels is very essential. Many brands do not list the same given poor regulatory standards and customer ignorance. Thousands of Dogs & Cats suffer from hygiene care related issues only because of incomplete or incorrect product label information and claims. 

Likewise, mandatory information such as manufacturing date, place & address of manufacturing facility, batch number, product expiry date say a lot about a dog shampoo. 

As a Pet Parent you should be watchful about the products and ingredients that suit your pets skin and coat. Products with notorious levels of harmful surfactants and parabens can cause allergic reactions in sensitive dogs. 

Additional information about product usage and quality systems certification on the label can provide further assurance to concerned pet parents. 

Along with this critical information, it is helpful to have information regarding email or other local support. Pet parents can ask questions or get further information about the product. For instance, Naturelix Team provides free and valuable advise to pet parents via whatsapp and call support. 

Dogs and Cats have complex hygiene needs. Choosing the best dog shampoo or cat shampoo is an important step in ensuring the well being of your pets.  

Always remember Healthy Skin can provide a Healthy Coat for your pet.

Dr. Vinayak Randive (Ph.D)  (The author is an acclaimed scientist with multiple global patents in the field of chemical technology with specific applications in personal and hygiene care technologies.)

Dr. Vinayak  is also the Founder of Naturelix, a pet hygiene care range  that is committed to provide Ethical Pet Care solutions. 


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