Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring that your animals are clean and healthy. In the case of dogs, one of the easiest ways to make sure they’re well-groomed is by bathing them regularly.
Not washing your dog will lead to the dog getting fleas, having an unpleasant odor, and discomfort. Washing should be done monthly, but don’t take it as a chore. Washing your dog strengthens the bond between you and your pet.
It can even benefit you by having less dirt and allergens in the house carried in from outside or on the floor. However, with so many options available for dog shampoo, it can be difficult even deciding where to start.
When your dog is only a puppy, it’s very important that you stay away from artificial ingredients. While it’s best to stay away from those ingredients in general, puppy shampoos that have artificial ingredients are less harsh than ones for fully grown dogs.
So, if you must use artificial ingredients, use puppy-specific shampoo. No matter how old your dog is, artificial ingredients and chemicals can cause itching, dry skin, and even hair loss.
Puppies are much more susceptible to these side effects, because their skin is more sensitive than that of older dogs. Instead, opt for shampoos that are certified organic. This means that the USDA has certified that all ingredients in the shampoo are grown on a farm that doesn’t use chemicals to grow their ingredients.
These shampoos are almost guaranteed not to cause your dog any itching or skin problems. Organic shampoos can be used on dogs of all ages, from puppies to senior. Organic shampoos use natural fragrances, such as honey and lavender, to make sure your dog still smells fresh after a bath.
There are plenty of different kinds of dog shampoo for every situation. Some shampoos help with excessive shedding, while others are made with Aloe Vera to help with dry skin.
Some can be useful in treating mange and similar parasitic infections. It’s important that you begin washing the dog from a very early age. They might be scared at first, but with some coaxing, you’ll get them to love it. After a few months of fun baths, they’ll be excited to have a bath just like they would be happy to go on a walk or get a treat.