If you find yourself with an unruly, dirty dog and no good dog shampoo in the home, you may reach for a tub of your favorite dog shampoo. But is straight dog shampoo for your pooch a good idea? Yes, dog shampoo does remove dirt, debris, and unpleasant odors from your dog’s coat and fur. But is it really good for your dog?
This is a common question from owners. The answer to that question depends on whether or not you use baking soda to wash your dog. Although baking soda is great for removing soil, detergent smells and it’s cheap to use, it doesn’t do a very good job of removing odors. I have heard of some people using it in commercial shampoos but I wouldn’t recommend it. Baking soda isn’t a neutralizer. It just attracts more odors.
Using baking soda to remove odors isn’t as bad as using a commercial brand dog shampoo. But if you have a sensitive dog that has sensitive skin, this method could also produce some irritation. Dog shampoo is designed to gently dissolve the stains and pollutions on a dog’s coat. Using a commercial brand dog shampoo every time isn’t a bad idea because there are other methods to deal with stains other than using dog shampoo.
One of those methods is regular shampoo and vinegar. Regular shampoo will do a fine job of getting stains out of your dog’s coat. However, if you have dry skin or an oily coat, the regular shampoo won’t work as well as an acid mantle cleaner. To use an acid mantle cleaner, you would mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water. dilute the vinegar with the water before applying it to your dog’s coat.
Another top picks list that I made for the best dog shampoos on the market today has baking soda, cedar wood, and lavender oil as the best choices. These all are natural based ingredients that have proven to be beneficial for many dog owners. I don’t know if it’s the smell, the consistency, the price or the benefits, but these ingredients are definitely in my list of top picks.
You can see that changing your dog shampoo from a human shampoo to a natural based one can be beneficial to your pet. If you have sensitive skin, an acid-based formula might be too harsh for your dog but you can dilute the formula to help them with their skin issues. Whatever formula you choose to try, please remember to read labels and consult the labels before you use any product on your dog.