Which Shampoo is Best for Your Pet?
If you knew what is the best pet shampoo, you would buy it if the price were reasonable right? So the question is, what are you doing to find out which one will make your pet's skin and coat the cleanest, shiniest and healthiest? This may take a little homework because manufacturers like to use words you don't understand, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of money in vet bills for allergies, dry skin, dander, excessive licking, scratching, hot spots, and other skin issues.
The first and most important action you can take to protect your animal from potentially toxic ingredients in pet shampoos is learn how to read labels so you know what you're putting on your buddy's skin. This is extremely important because dog's and cat's skin is their biggest organ. It is sensitive and needs to have a strong immunity defense to protect them from disease, virus, insects and all other elements of the environment. What goes on your cat's or dog’s skin gets absorbed easily, so if you are not a label reader, you may consider becoming one.
How Pet Shampoo Manufactures Cut Costs
Unfortunately, because of costs and easy access, many manufactures sometimes use questionable ingredients. Pet shampoo labels are confusing and often misleading. For example, formaldehyde is a preservative that is linked cancer. It's been banned in Canada and Japan, but not in the US. Manufacturers like it because it's cheap, easy to obtain and makes for a long shelf life. Since the FDA made labeling more stringent because of the many health issues it was causing, formaldehyde has been “reinvented” to be in “slow release” form.
Allergies from Pet Shampoo?
People often complain that their dog has allergies, but one of the most widely used shampoo preservatives is isothiazolineone, which is synthesized through chemical reactions that can irritate a dog’s skin and result in allergic reactions.
Name Confusion Dampers Your Understanding of What is the Best Pet Shampoo
Many pet products contain parabens although they may be linked to increased estrogen levels. They are known to accumulate in a dog’s body posing potential health risks such as cancer and a disruption in estrogen levels. Parabens on labels are listed as ethyl paraben, propylparaben, butylparaben or methylparaben—clearly mystifying purchasers.
"She Smells So Pretty Though"
Everyone wants their pet to smell pretty, but artificial fragrance is not the answer. Artificial fragrance is a dangerously misleading term used to disguise hundreds of harmful toxic chemical ingredients in pet shampoos. One of the dangers in using products containing artificial fragrances is many are made of petrochemicals from crude oil–a highly toxic substance.
Also, pet shampoos often include phthalates, one of the most commonly used artificial fragrance ingredients. It is known for disrupting the hormonal balance in dogs. Unfortunately, many of these artificial fragrances contain chemical structures akin to pesticides. They may potentially slowly poison your dog.
Is All Natural Better?
PawPurity gets so many calls asking "what is the best pet shampoo" that we have come to learn how lost people feel when selecting their product. It truly is worth your time to learn about what's in the product you are using on your pet's skin. You've heard this before, but if you cannot pronounce the ingredient or know from where it is derived and really understand what good (or bad) it's doing to your pet's skin and coat, think twice about putting it in your cart. The priority is to keep your cat's and dog's skin, coat and paws clean and healthy. If you ever smell or pet a cat or dog that uses nothing but natural products, you will tell the difference right away.
My Personal Story
As the owner of three rescues that would run away every time I opened an on-spot flea and tick repellent, it was obvious something was wrong. Applying pesticides directly on their skin just didn't sit well. After baths it was a three piece orchestra of scratching. Our pug was in and out of the vet for hot spots on a regular basis. PawPurity released its product line of 100% natural pet shampoos after much research about the potential adverse effects of the most popular pet cleansers. I have been a herbalist for many years. PawPurity's team members are experts in plants and minerals and their overall benefits and health properties when formulated to work together on dogs and cats. The first was our line of natural flea products: PawPurity Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs and Cats and PawPurity Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs . The shampoo is made using 15 plant-based ingredients with colloidal silver and essential oils as preservatives. Every ingredient serves a purpose in making a dog’s skin and coat healthier. The spray is equally as potent and natural, with 15 plants and minerals and contains more than 26 highly effective repellents to protect dogs from fleas without the use of pesticides.Lisa Porter, PawPurity Owner and Avid Animal Lover