A Great Recipe For All-Natural Dog Shampoo

Using all-natural pet shampoos is the best option for your pet, your family and the environment. There are many recipes for making natural pet shampoos that will help pets with all types of ailments including allergies, dry skin and fleas. At the end of this article I will give you the recipe to a simple all-natural oatmeal shampoo that you can make at home for pennies on the dollar of the store bought brands. But first I want to tell you why using an all-natural shampoo is better for everyone.

First off, making these products yourself can be very cost effective while giving you peace of mind concerning the chemicals you are using on your pet and around your family.

A lot of pet owners simply do not realize the dangers of some of the chemicals found in many common pet products. Many common pet shampoos contain toxins such as petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrances and dyes, harsh soaps and tons of words I can’t even pronounce.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and can absorb harmful toxins into the bloodstream very easily. The same is true for our pets skin. Therefore, if you are using toxic chemicals on your pet then a percentage of those toxins will end up in your pets bloodstream and over time this exposure could shorten the life of your pet.

Of course when you are bathing your pet without gloves or some other protection to keep your skin from coming in contact with the shampoo then you too are absorbing those chemicals.

Traces of these chemicals will remain in your pets coat and could be transferred to your family when coming in contact with your pet. That may not be a huge deal for a regular puppy shampoo but when dealing with heavily toxic chemical based shampoos such as flea shampoos this can pose some serious threats. Especially for young children or those with sensitive skin and allergies. There are many toxins used in pet shampoos today for which we do not yet fully understand the possible implications that could arise pro longed exposure. Is that something that your willing to risk with your family? I think not.

Just as some of these chemicals can be toxic for us and our pets they can also be toxic to the environment. If you are bathing your dog out side the rinse water that goes on to the ground could be carrying chemical toxins into our soil. Where they could remain for very long periods of time contaminating local water sources such as lakes and rivers.

Luckily, there are some great all-natural alternatives to your standard chemical based pet shampoos. Here is a recipes to one of the easiest and cheapest alternatives. This oatmeal shampoo recipe is great for dogs with allergies to other shampoos. This recipe is also wonderful for dogs with severely dry and irritated skin. The oatmeal has many healing and soothing properties for the skin.

Most likely you already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen pantry. This is a very simple recipe which you could easily build on for customization.

You will need:

1 Cup of Colloidal (“ground”) Oatmeal
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1 Quart of Warm (Distilled) Water (The distilled water is optional, but I prefer it for quality. You can use regular tap water if you desire.)

If need be you can grind some oatmeal in a blender, or coffee grinder. You want it to be as powder-like as possible.

Mix all these ingredients together. If you prefer more lather to your pets shampoo you can add a few drops of a mild castile soap. Although, this shampoo will clean just fine without the lather.

Instructions for use. Wet your dog entirely and apply the shampoo mixture generously to your pets body. Massage the shampoo into your pets coat. For best results allow the shampoo to set for 5 minuets before rinsing with lukewarm water. Pat your pet dry with a towel and enjoy a clean and happy puppy. This is a very basic recipes and there are many ways in which you could build off of this to make it even better. Enjoy!

Dog and Cat Shampoos

Shampoos that are designed to be used on pets can do more than just clean your pet’s coat or skin. Shampoos for pets may be used to treat skin conditions, allergies or parasite infestations such as fleas. Human shampoos are not an option for use on pets. We have more acidic skin and the shampoos we use are too harsh for pet skin. Such shampoos can harm their skin and strip it from essential oils.

Pet shampoos can remove dirt and odors from our pets’ skin. Oatmeal, aloe vera, fatty acids and Vitamin E are used in soothing shampoos for pets. Other ingredients can be substances that have antiseborrheic and antibacterial properties. Emollient shampoos can add oils to the skin and relieve the symptoms of dry or itchy skin. There are solid shampoos or bars and gels. Powdered shampoos can work without water.

Pet shampoos are usually full of chemicals, just like shampoos for people. Ingredients such as sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol are approved by FDA but there are growing concerns about the potential risk of such substances. Skin irritation and hair loss may be associated with products that contain such chemicals.

Pyrethrins are substances that were used in pet shampoos for flea control. Unfortunately, it seems that these substances were associated with increased risk for autism disorders in children. A Californian case control study on household pesticide use revealed that mothers and children who have been exposed to products containing pyrethrin showed in increased risk for autism spectrum disorders.

While pyrethrin has a very short half-life outdoors, in pet hairs it lives longer, thus causing people to be more exposed. Pregnant mothers who were exposed to pesticides posed an increased risk to give birth to a child with autistic disorder.

There are alternatives to such shampoos that contain non-toxic ingredients derived from plants. Some of them are organic and biodegradable. And flea prevention cannot be achieved by using only shampoo.

While cats that live indoors are easier to keep clean, they do need to be washed from time to time. There are dry shampoos that can be used on water-phobic cats. They contain lavender essence that can calm the cat.

Dogs can be easier to wash than cats, but as they age they may be affected by joint pain and it becomes more difficult to get them into a tub. Cleansers in towelette form may be the solution for such pets.

There are natural products that act as flea repellents. Cedar, mint, rosemary or lavender are some such examples. An essential oil that is effective in repelling fleas is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties and oils that can moisturize the skin.

Some shampoos contain conditioners that keep the coat smooth and smell nice. Natural dog conditioners include Aloe or Shea butter.

Allergy induced skin problems are present in 12 to 20% of our dogs and cats. This means they need frequent bathing and hypoallergenic shampoos. Shampoo therapy has become a component of treatment for most skin disorders in our pets.

Pet Shampoo – Choosing the Right One

Choosing the right pet shampoo from the variety of formulations available depends upon what you hope to achieve with its use, and what type of animal you own. Rather than using human shampoo, choose a product that is specific to the animal you will use it on, as some human formulas can be harsh on animals, and cause skin irritation.

Your veterinarian is the best source for products that are medicinal in nature. You should always have any pet condition checked by your vet, as they can suggest the right product to help remedy the ailment. Over the counter products that treat skin conditions can be unsafe, or diluted, essentially ineffective, and therefore a waste of money. The best option is to speak to a professional, get the right product and ensure you are not aggravating the issue with an inappropriate product.

For treating fleas, ensure you treat your home as well, as removing them from your pet is not enough to stop the cycle. Without using a product to kill eggs and fleas in your home, and vehicle if your pet spends time there, they will quickly re-infest. Be careful with flea products, and follow the label directions at all times. What is safe for one type of pet may not be for another, and can cause serious health problems.

If you are looking to reduce your pets shedding, there are formulations that claim they can help cut down on hair loss. For lighter colored or white animals, there are specialized types of shampoo that can help whiten the coat and remove stains around the eyes and on the face. Be careful not to use too frequently or you can cause skin problems, and be careful not to get it in ears and eyes.

Shampoos that are environmentally friendly and can biodegrade may appeal to you. Some have herbal or naturally medicinal ingredients. It is smart to test these products on a small patch of skin before washing the entire animal to be sure there will not be a reaction or allergy. If you like, you can find recipes and create your own shampoos at home.

An array of fragrances gives you the choice of what you would like your pet to smell like. Fruity, flowery or fresh, and everything in between, the decision is yours. Always rinse copiously after shampooing to ensure there is no shampoo remaining on your pets skin, and use sparingly to avoid irritation.

After shampooing, you can apply conditioner to make the coat smooth, shiny, tangle free and easy to brush. There are even pet perfumes and colognes available, and these can help keep your pet fresh and smelling their best between shampoos.

Find a product that works best for your pet, and smells and performs the way you want it to. Don’t use human products on pets, and ensure that whatever you buy, it is meant for the animal you want to use it on. Grooming your pet is fun and easy, especially with so many options.