Which shampoo and conditioner is
best to use on your dog?
When choosing a shampoo, always
use a shampoo specially formulated for dogs. Human shampoos are formulated with
a different pH than what a dog needs.
A whitening shampoo visually enhances and brightens the coat color and helps to
remove any yellow discoloration. Although designed to be used primarily on pets
that are white or silver, the shampoo can also be used on pets that are golden,
buff, and multi-colored.
This type of shampoo is used primarily to shampoo a pet's face and head.
Tearless shampoos can be used on the whole body. The agents used in tearless
shampoo are less harsh on the eyes, but are still just as effective on the rest
of the coat.
Oatmeal or Raspberry-Oatmeal
These ingredients are beneficial to pets that are prone to dry skin.
These shampoos are especially fragrant, and will stay with the dog for several
days after bathing. Beneficial to dogs with an odor problem.
Medicated shampoos help to relieve itching and scaling due to dry skin or
dermatitis. Make sure the coat is completely rinsed free of any shampoo residue.
Flea and Tick Shampoos
These are oil-based shampoos designed to rid the dog of external parasites.
Pyrethrins and d-Limonene, both natural chemicals derived from plants, may be
used in these shampoos and are safe, non-toxic pesticides that are highly
effective. In addition to killing fleas and ticks, these shampoos also clean and
beautify the coat. Always follow the directions carefully when using flea and
Used on both dogs and cats to condition the hair and skin as well as clean the
Creme rinses cannot be used on all pets. Dogs such as the Old English Sheepdog,
Bichon Frise, and double-coated breeds can benefit from a rinse. However, do not
use creme rinses on cats, on silky-haired pets such as Yorkies, or on
harsh-coated breeds like terriers, Poodles, Pomeranians, and the Pekingese.
Suggested for pets with dry skin, moisturizing treatments are designed to seal
in the moisture from the pet's own skin. These can be used on a regular basis
for pets that are prone to dry skin or dandruff. In most cases, the solution is
massaged into the skin and left on the coat.