Choosing the right dog 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.
You veterinarian is the best source for products that are medicinal in nature. You should always have any dog 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 dog is not enough to stop the cycle. Without using a product to kill eggs and fleas in your home, and vehicle if your dog 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 dog may not be for another, and can cause serious health problems.
If you are looking to reduce your dogs 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 dog 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 dogs 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 dog perfumes and colognes available, and these can help keep your dog fresh and smelling their best between shampoos.
Find a product that works best for your dog, and smells and performs the way you want it to. Don’t use human products on dogs, and ensure that whatever you buy, it is meant for the animal you want to use it on. Grooming your dog is fun and easy, especially with so many options.