Does dog shampoo really heal your dog's skin disorders? Is it good to bathe your pooch often? The truth may surprise you.
The truth is, the shampoo you use affects dog health in ways you may not have thought about.
I had to write this page after the spiel I did on bacteria.
Bacteria? Yup, and here's the deal.
We tend to forget that the skin is the largest organ in the body instead of the family car that we shampoo, scrub and rinse until it shines. Bathing should only be done so often and the use of the right kind of shampoo is paramount (even though I don't sell shampoo).
Let's look at the way the skin naturally protects itself. There is bacteria on the skin and it's suppose to be there. It's called the skin mantel and it has a purpose.
The skin mantel repels bacteria at a level we cannot see. It's mother nature's way. Think of a tiny battle going on. When our dogs are healthy, their ground forces shoot down and destroy pathogens that can cause skin irritation and illness.
Dog Shampoo should gently clean the fur and skin without ingredients that kill the skin mantel or dry out the skin. And don't be fooled by shampoos that claim to moisturize the skin.
How can you moisturize when there are chemicals that do the opposite in the same concoction? Doesn't work. Here's a few ingredients on the no-no list unless you'd like your dog to eat this stuff.
Yes, since the skin absorbs what's on it . . . it's no different that eating it.
Alcohol, pyrethrin, carbaryl, salicylic acid, refined tar, selenium sufide, hydrocortisone, pramoxine hydrochloride, diphenhydramine, chlorhexidine, triclosan, ethyl lactate, benzoyl peroxide.
In other words, no chemicals!
Note: benzoyl peroxide is not the same as 3% hydrogen peroxide which I would use diluted for certain skin conditions like in my home remedy for mange.
If your dog itches, use something natural like a good lavender mist which you can make yourself.
What's in my dog shampoo? You might get a chuckle out of this.
Water, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, caster seed oil, potassium hydroxide, grapefruit seed extract, vitamin E, lemon grass oil, patchouli oil and cinnamon oil.
There's nothing to create a lather but everything for skin health and sending bugs the other way.
Twice a month is plenty. (Although I admit Lulu doesn't get a bath that often.) Brush your dog in between to help keep the fur clean and give the skin some stimulation and loosen dead skin cells so the skin can breathe.
Obviously I'm lucky I don't have a dog who plays in the mud, thus I forget to bathe her.
Again remember the skin is an organ. It doesn't just protect from outside elements but excretes bad stuff the body has picked up via food, drugs, environmental toxins.
Why? To help cleanse the body.
That means if we use medicated shampoo to stop the symptoms showing up on the skin, we're only forcing that stuff back into the body. The dog looks better while internal damage is going on.
A human example is if you've ever known someone who has used Proactive for acne. The minute they stop using it the acne comes back (and often worse than it was).
For every living being the process is consume, digest and expel. If a body cannot expel it's in deep doo-doo. Imagine if you couldn't have a bowel movement, ya know, poop for a week or two. You would feel horrible and of course you would be very toxic holding on to all that stuff.
And if your dog stinks? Might be time to look at the food you're feeding him because truly healthy dogs don't smell bad.
Please learn. There's lots of pages here to help you. If you prefer to learn as much as possible about one subject at a time, take one of my classes. Most have audio versions you can listen to on the go. An example is Choosing the Best Commercial Dog Food.
You'll be amazed at what you didn't know!