The Best Natural Pet Shampoo
A decent dog shampoo is pretty essential because, as any dog lover knows, our canine friends love to get dirty. If there’s a muddy puddle within easy reach, you can guarantee they’ll find it.
Human shampoos are not designed for dogs, so they may cause irritation. Although there are many pet shampoos on the market, many are quite harsh. They can strip your pet’s natural oils, leaving their skin sore, itchy, or inflamed.
Fortunately, all of the pet shampoos we sell here at Big Green Smile are natural and free from parabens, SLS, and other harsh ingredients.
Our recommendations for the best natural dog shampoo
Faith in Nature Dog Shampoo
Faith in Nature is one of our most popular brands. Its dog shampoos are formulated with natural and gentle ingredients. They are cruelty-free, vegan and PH balanced. Plus, they contain vitamin E to add shine.
If your dog has sensitive skin, the best shampoo to use is chamomile, as it is very mild and soothing.
Long-haired dogs will appreciate the detangling properties of Coconut Dog Shampoo, while mud-loving dogs will find they’ve got their heart’s content with Deep Cleansing Lavender Dog Shampoo.
If you’re trying to cut down on plastic, you’ll be pleased to know that Faith in Nature has a solid dog shampoo bar. It’s packaged in cardboard and made with coconut to detangle and moisturize.
Do you run a pet care business? Buy in bulk and save money with Faith in Nature 5 liter bottles.
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
Is there anything you can’t use Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap for? It’s a versatile natural soap that can clean people, clothes, dishes, floors, and yes, cats, dogs, and other pets. It is also natural, Fairtrade and scented with essential oils. (Which smells a lot better than muddy dog.) Tip: Try lavender scented soap for nervous pets.
As a bonus, Dr. Bronner kills fleas. And it’s not just dogs that can be washed with it. Dr. Bronner’s is suitable for cats, chickens, goats, horses and most other animals. While all the scents are super mild, we recommend sticking to the Unscented Baby Liquid Castile Soap for cats and pets with sensitive skin.
JR Liggett’s Dog Shampoo Bar
If your dog continues to scratch and you have ruled out fleas, he may have dry skin. JR Liggett’s Dog Shampoo Bar is designed to remove oil, dirt and other grime without irritating your dog’s skin. It also contains aloe vera and other natural ingredients to soothe irritation and boost hydration. Say goodbye to dog dandruff.
Plus, because it’s a bar shampoo, there’s no risk of it being knocked over and knocked over by an overly excited (or eager to escape) pooch.
How to wash your pets
It is usually easier to wash small pets in a tub or bath. If you have a large pet, you may want to tie it outside instead.
Step 1: Prepare
If you bathe your pet indoors, make sure the bathroom door is closed to avoid any breaks for freedom. You can also put on rubber gloves and cover your arms if your pet is likely to nip or scratch.
Step 2: Soak
Thoroughly wet your pet. You can use the shower nozzle or hose for most dogs, but you’ll probably find it too much for cats, small furry animals, and nervous pets. In these cases, use a damp sponge. Keep their heads dry if possible.
Step 3: Lather
If you’re using a liquid shampoo, pour a small amount onto your pet’s back. If you’re using a solid shampoo, wet it and rub it on a sponge or in your hands until you get a good amount of lather.
Step 4: Wash
Use your hands or a sponge to massage the shampoo into your pet’s coat. Keep it away from their eyes and ears. In fact, you might want to avoid their head entirely. As soon as their head gets wet, they will likely start shaking off the water.
Step 5: Rinse
Rinse out your pet’s shampoo. Again, use a sponge if your pet is afraid of the shower. Rinse longer than you think necessary. You want to remove as much shampoo as possible to reduce the risk of irritation.
Step 6: Dry
Dry your pet with an old towel. So step back and let them run!
Frequently asked questions about dog shampoo
Is it better to use a natural pet shampoo?
Shampoo residue may remain on your pet’s coat, even if you rinse it well. And unless you make them wear the cone of shame, they’re going to lick their fur. With a natural dog shampoo, they only ingest plant-based ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals.
Natural pet shampoos are also designed to be gentle and work with your pet’s natural oils. They are therefore unlikely to cause irritation and should not lead to dry, flaky skin.
Can human shampoo be used on dogs?
Most human shampoos are not suitable for pets. They can cause irritation and dry skin. However, you can use a natural all-purpose soap, like Dr. Bronner’s.
Can dog shampoo be used on cats?
As anyone who’s ever tried shampooing a cat knows, they really don’t like it. Luckily, it’s not something that usually has to be attempted very often. Sometimes, however, you can’t get away with it, for example if the cat is covered in oil or something else that you shouldn’t let it lick off.
Cat fur is very different from dog hair or human hair and cats do not react well to essential oils or other scents. It is therefore preferable to use a specialized shampoo for cats. It should be gentle enough that it won’t affect your cat’s natural oils or irritate their skin. You’ll also want to choose a natural shampoo so that any lingering residue doesn’t harm your cat. And don’t forget to wear gloves and cover your arms to protect yourself from those razor-sharp claws.
Our best cat shampoo is JR Liggett’s Cat Shampoo Bar. It is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and made from natural ingredients.
Another great all-rounder is Dr. Bronner’s Pure Unscented Baby Castile Soap, which is gentle enough to use on most pets.
Where can I buy natural pet shampoo?
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