Choosing the Best Shampoo for Your Dog
On: 7 July 2020
Your dog is unique in every way and should be pampered accordingly. Find out which shampoo you should be using for your pooch.
There are almost as many types of pet shampoos as there are human ones so it can sometimes be hard to know what type is the right one. We have put together a list of our top shampoos to help you find the right product for your pet.
For Itchy Dogs
Some dogs experience mild irritation to their skin, sometimes caused by dry weather or contact irritation from certain vegetation. Using an oatmeal shampoo can help soothe the skin without drying it out, and can aid in the relief of symptoms.
Keeping that puppy fluff soft and healthy isn't always easy - most adult dog shampoos are too harsh on their fur and can dry it out. If your dog is younger than 9 months they should be using a puppy specific shampoo.
For Long Coats
We would all love our fluffy dogs to look like they are from a Pantene commercial, and choosing the right shampoo & conditioner combo can help achieve a shinier, softer coat. Using a gentle shampoo and a thick, quality conditioner can help create the results you're looking for. Rejuvenating and moisturising products are usually the best options at achieving a softer coat.
For Dogs that Smell Like Corn Chips (aka Yeasty Skin)
Yes, it's a thing. And it's caused by an imbalance in your pet's diet that causes an overgrowth of yeasts on your dog's skin, resulting in your pooch to smell a little like your favourite nacho chips (vom). Using a medicated shampoo is the best option; but it's a good idea to consider rethinking your pet's food as well. Yeasty skin, paws or ears is a sign of too much carbohydrates and sugar or an imbalance in the gut biome. Adding probiotics & digestive enzymes to your pet's food can help, but normally we would recommend a grain-free or lower carbohydrate food.
For General Doggy Odours
Uhhh, yes. Some dogs just have that 'stank' no matter what you seem to try. This is usually caused by bacteria on your dog which can be targeted specifically with anti-bacterial or odour control shampoos. Top it off with a nice doggy cologne between baths for a little more relief for your nose (and their bed).
For Winter (and between washes)
Waterless and dry shampoos are the bomb. If your dog hates bath-time, or maybe it's just too cold, use a waterless shampoo. They are convenient and save both time, hassle and water. Plus, if your dog can't get wet (like a Spitz breed, or maybe your dog has an injury) they are a godsend.
For Fleas (Naturally)
Using a natural shampoo to treat for fleas is a great option for gently killing and removing them from your dog's coat. When a dog has fleas, their skin may have bites and be experiencing dermatitis caused by flea saliva. Using tough chemicals can often leave your pet's skin dry and itchy, so we recommend using the appropriate oral flea medication in conjunction with a natural flea shampoo.
For Black or White Coats
Owners of Jack Russells, Westies, Bull Arabs, Maltese and any other white dog know the pain of keeping the coat white and bright. Black dog owners can experience the same issue but on the other end of the spectrum, with thick, coarse coats that can go dull. Using a shampoo specifically for your dog's fur colour can help enhance their colour.