Toxic Chemicals in Dog Shampoo & Safe Alternatives
Keep Your Dog Safe at Bath Time.
After recent recalls of various dog food brands, you probably look more carefully at the ingredients in your dog’s food, but have you considered what might be lurking in commercial dog shampoo? Many commercially-produced dog shampoos, even so-called “natural” ones, contain dangerous ingredients that can harm your pouch’s health.
Let’s take a look at some of these toxic chemicals, and then we’ll propose safer alternatives and where to find them. First, a word of warning. You should never use human shampoo on your dog. They can have very sensitive skin and be allergic to things that wouldn’t bother humans.
Many of the toxic ingredients in dog shampoos are synthetic.
Parabens, of which there are five kinds, are one of the most popular preservatives used in cosmetics. They’re endocrine disruptors and can damage the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Because they mimic estrogen, they’re even been linked to breast, uterine, and bladder cancers. They can be tricky to find, as there are so many different kinds, so to be safe, just look out for anything that ends in “-paraben.”
Phthalates, close cousins of parabens, disrupt both male and female hormones and are linked to cancer.
Polyethylene glycol, usually abbreviated as PEG, is a solvent that can cause stomach disorders, iron deficiency, and immune system disruption.
Polysorbates are emulsifiers that can cause cancer when they combine with other ingredients. They disturb the pH of your dog’s skin, which can cause irritation.
One lesser-known ingredient that people may not recognize as harmful is cocomide DEA, sometimes listed as cocomide MEA. It’s used to help create lather in shampoos. Although it’s derived from the coconut, it is certainly not natural. It’s so chemically altered that it has been linked to cancer, hormone problems, and organ damage. Many “all-natural” and “coconut-based” dog shampoos still contain dangerous chemicals.
So, how can you be sure to avoid these scary ingredients and find a safe alternative? There are many safe shampoos available for your dog, and with a little searching, you can find one that will make both you and your furry friend happy. Organic options are often the safest choice. They do not use synthetics and have much simpler ingredient lists. Your best bet is to shop for these online, since they’re often cheaper there.
Trust worthy Dog Shampoo
Here are three of my favorite safe shampoos for dogs.
Filthy Friends organic pet shampoo is a safe, reasonably-priced alternative to commercial pet shampoo. Recommended by vets and made in USA, it uses only certified organic ingredients. It soothes your dog’s skin and fur, causing less itching and less fur shedding.
Oxgord Organic Pet Wash is 100% organic and vegan.
It contains oatmeal, aloe vera, and shea butter to hydrate your dog’s coat, and also uses a tear-free formula, which will not irritate your dog’s eyes or nose. It is particularly effective in eliminating strong odors from your dog’s fur.
To round out the list, the 4-Legger brand of certified-organic dog shampoo is hypoallergenic and comes with a money-back guarantee. Like the others, it is made in USA, is recommended by veterinarians, and helps control itching. Plus, it contains lemongrass and rosemary oils, which have a lovely scent and serve as natural flea deterrents. These are just a few of the safe dog shampoos available. Good luck in finding the right one for your canine companion!