Hypoallergenic Shampoo for Dogs

Hypoallergenic shampoo is recommended for dogs with skin problems (sensitive or dry skin) or pets with allergies. Human shampoo is not recommended for animal use and sometimes, even regular dog shampoo can act as an irritant for dogs and trigger allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic shampoo helps moisturize the skin, prevents irritation, calms itches and smooths the skin.

Hypoallergenic Shampoo for Dogs

One of the most common recommendations in dogs with allergies is the use of hypoallergenic shampoo. Hypoallergenic shampoos are also beneficial for dogs with dermatitis, sensitive or dry skin. These types of shampoos have several positive effects:

  • Remove allergens from the dog's fur
  • Calm irritations and itches
  • Make the coat smoother
  • Moisturize the skin
  • Reduce flakiness and the amount of dander that is shed, which can reduce human allergic reactions
  • Prevent allergic reactions to regular shampoos

Shampoos intended for human use should not be used in dogs. Their ingredients can irritate the dog’s skin and damage his coat.

Hypoallergenic dog shampoos do not cure allergies, but will help relieving some of the symptoms, preventing skin irritation and offering comfort to you and your dog. The skin’s health also manifests in the appearance of the coat.

Types of Hypoallergenic Shampoo for Dogs

There are several general types of hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs:

  • Natural dog shampoo
  • Organic dog shampoo
  • Oatmeal dog shampoo
  • Medicated shampoo

Natural dog shampoos are based on herbal extracts that are gentle to the skin. Organic dog shampoos are environmentally friendly and are generally hypoallergenic. These types of shampoos can be recommended for sensitive skin in dogs. Oatmeal is a good remedy for skin problems and is the main ingredient in oatmeal shampoos. It relieves itches and stimulates the absorption of oils in the coat. Medicated shampoos contain medication for allergies: antihistamines, corticosteroids or topical anesthetics. They help control both the allergy and the symptoms.

Ingredients of Hypoallergenic Shampoo for Dogs

Hypoallergenic shampoos are generally made of natural herbal extracts. The most common ingredients are:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Tea tree oil
  • Citrus extracts
  • Lavender oil
  • Peppermint oil

These substances calm and repair damaged skin and help prevent irritations in sensitive skin. When choosing a hypoallergenic shampoo for your dog, it should contain fatty acids and have an alkaline pH. Fatty acids have beneficial effects on the skin and coat. Vitamin E, B5 and biotin should also be found among the ingredients of the shampoo. You should consult your veterinarian and follow his recommendations when it comes to choosing the product for your dog.

Using Hypoallergenic Shampoo

Respect your veterinarian’s recommendations or the manufacturer’s instructions when using a hypoallergenic shampoo. Apply the shampoo on your dog’s fur, massage it and leave it on for a few minutes. After, rinse thoroughly.

Hypoallergenic shampoos do not usually irritate the dog’s eyes, so you do not have to worry too much about this aspect. The bathing frequency should increase during the  seasons when allergens such as pollens are present. Consult your vet about the allergy seasons in your area.