How to Make Dog Shampoo

With easy to follow steps you can make dog shampoo at home with more ease, than you can imagine! A large percentage of pet owners are unacquainted with the know-how on making it at home. It is not that they are ignorant, but they don’t know the immense benefits of knowing how to make it at home. Besides the fact that it offers you the opportunity to reduce the amount of money that you spend on your pet on monthly basis, but it also adds you more skills on how you should take care of your lovely German Shepherd Dog.

The underlying principle behind every dog shampoo is to make sure it is able to eliminate bad smell from your dog, give a clean luster to the hair and to a large extend eliminate stains of a wide range. The major reason that most pet owners feel the need to purchase a pet shampoo is the ability of the commercial shampoo to eliminate the skin parasites. So does that make the commercial pet shampoo superior to the homemade shampoos? Utterly NO! as you will find out here.

The best homemade shampoos are made of simple procedure and ordinary available ingredients at home. Ingredients and directions for homemade dog shampoo. The availability of most of these dog shampoo ingredients makes it the ideal way of salvaging a situation where you do not have a shampoo for any reason.

The ingredients of the shampoo include one cup of white vinegar what is commonly referred to as apple cider vinegar, half a liter of anti bacteria soap, water in similar proportions and quarter a liter of glycerin.

The procedure is simple: add the water in the mixing bowl is added vinegar, antibacterial soap and glycerin and the mixer is turn on. You can make a better mixture where you use a centrifuge.

The homemade pet shampoo is now ready to be used to clean your pet. The parasites killing effect of the homemade pet shampoo is analogous to the commercial ones. The only difference could be in the potency and the residual activity.

You will be surprised to see how effective the homemade dog shampoo can be in cleaning your lovely dog. On the other hand this does not mean you should skeptical about the purchase of shampoo.

I would like to highlight the pros and the cons of the commercial dog shampoos. This will be a topic for the next Ezine. Engage me in any questions that may arise regarding this topic.

All Pet Shampoo’s Are Not Created Equal – Read the Labels Before Buying Your Next One

Pet shampoo’s are not all good for your pets. Most will do no harm, yet some can cause skin problems and or loss of hair. Not all shampoo’s are good for our environment either. As a matter of fact very few are biodegradable. It is always good to remember that you get what you pay for, a cheap shampoo is a cheap shampoo.

I thought I was doing the right thing once with a bottle of shampoo by rinsing it out and putting it into the recycling bin. For some reason I decided to read the label. What it said was a shock. “Do not rinse before recycling”. Why would I not rinse? What could be in it that is not good for your drinking water? On another label it said in capital letters:

  • SHAMPOO MAY CAUSE EYE IRRITATION.
  • HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.
  • KEEP AWAY FROM PUPPIES AND KITTENS.

Makes you wonder about what might be in some of these products. Sure we all are careful when we bathe our pets, but things happen. What if a little shampoo gets in their eyes or in their mouth. What am I going to do?  Some suggestions are as follows:

Flush promptly with water.

Induce vomiting with 1- 2 glasses of water or syrup of ipecac.

Have you ever thought about the ingredients in your pets shampoo? Do you pay attention to how your pets look after a bath?  Just take a few minutes to look at what is in some of  these products.

  • Purified Water
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (causes eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands.)
  • Co Co Amide (can cause cancer in animals)
  • Glycerin (a thickening agent, no harm here)
  • Salicylic Acid (an acne medicine)
  • PCMX (low – toxicity antibacterial)

Need I go on? Seems to me that some of these ingredients have no business being in a pet shampoo.

Now lets look at another  brand, one that is sold exclusively through SHUREPETS, an equivalent to the medicated shampoo above. First thing to look for is are there any warning labels. Ingredients listed are:

  • Concentrated detergent and soap free
  • Coconut shampoo base
  • Vitamins A,D,E,
  • EDTA (sequestrate)
  • Glycerin
  • Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinete (an emulsifying agent)
  • Hydrolyzed extracts (antibacterial)
  • DMDH hydration (moisturizer)
  • Deionized water (free of charged atoms and molecules, used in water base cleaning)

Sounds confusing but none of these causes any problems in animals or their human counterparts. Pet owners need to read the ingredients on the products they buy for their furry friend and educate themselves about the effects they may have.

Dog Shampoo – Daily Dog Care Series

There are hundreds of dog shampoos available in the market nowadays. However, it is not easy to pick out a good one. Similar to human skin, dogs also have different skin types. So, we should choose the most suitable shampoo for our dogs. The right shampoo can soothe the dog’s skin and make the coat shine, while the unsuitable shampoo can make the skin irritated and itchy. Here I will give you some tips on pet shampoos.

Never ever use human shampoos
I think most people have the experience of using a human shampoo on a dog. Some people may think that human shampoo is also suitable for dogs. That is absolutely wrong. If we use it on a dog, his or her skin will be irritated. It is not good for dog health.

Dog shampoos for dry skin
First we should learn how to determine a dog’s skin type. We can gently touch the pet skin to see if there is any skin flaking. If we can find some, then the dog most likely has dry skin. In this case, we should choose oatmeal-based or jojoba-based shampoos. Shampoos made from oatmeal or jojoba can help moisturize dry skin gently.

Dog shampoos for oily skin
If we feel oily when we touch the pet skin, then the dog most likely has oily skin. We can use some refreshing shampoos to deep clean the dog skin. Do not use some conditioning shampoos, for they can make the skin oilier.

In the next article I will give you some tips on dog shampoos for sensitive skin and other warnings.