Organic Dog Shampoo

There are multiple variables that determine which dog shampoo is appropriate for your pet. Although the organic shampoo industry is smaller than its inorganic counterparts, the choices are not limited. Organic shampoos come in a variety of prices and sizes.

Inorganic Products Can Be Harmful

If your dog has developed dry or irritated skin, it's possible that it is being caused by your dog's shampoo. Man-made chemicals can be harsh and harmful to your dog's skin. Your dog can develop a rash on account of an allergic reaction to these chemicals. This can lead to scratching, tearing out hair and ruining your pet's coat.

Even if the dog shampoo isn't made from synthetic chemicals, it is still possible that the process in which the ingredients were grown involved synthetic pesticides or carcinogens, which are commonly found in commercial fertilizers.

Benefits of Organic Shampoo

In contrast to inorganic shampoos, organic shampoos benefit your pet in these ways:

  • All organic shampoos are more mild, which prevents damage to the coat and is gentle to sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic, which means it's designed to minimize the possibility of allergic reactions
  • No animal by-products
  • Includes herbs that have natural healing properties, such as assisting in the healing of itching, cuts, burns and skin irritation
  • Environmentally friendly
  • No artificial dyes or scents
  • Doesn't remove essential oils that are produced naturally by a dog's skin

Even though the potential for allergic reactions is greatly reduced when using organic shampoos, it is still possible that your dog is allergic to natural ingredients. Organic shampoos that are designed for humans are not suitable for dogs. A dog's hair and skin is much different from that of a human.

How to Choose Shampoos

Shampoos will try and claim to be natural, but may not necessarily be so. It's important to read the ingredients to make sure. If in doubt, research the company.

Keep in mind any allergies your pet has to natural ingredients. If you are unsure, consult your veterinarian. It's beneficial to know your dog's allergies before shopping for a shampoo.

Organic shampoos come in a variety of smells, and are often derived from the ingredients that they are made from. These scents range from jasmine to coconut oil. The scent that would be appropriate for your dog depends on whether or not you are fighting pet urine smells, if your dog is picky and your own personal preference.

You can check whether or not the shampoo is accredited by the USDA Organic Food Standards. Although this isn't necessary, it is a plus to be sure.

How to Use Organic Shampoos

Organic shampoos are used in the same way as inorganic shampoos. Bathe your dog in warm water, rinse and lather. Dogs should be bathed once a month, and it is recommended that they be bathed no more than once a week.