|Barked: Fri Jul 17, '09 3:19pm PST |
|First I would like to say that "doggie odor" is not something that should be accepted as okay or natural. If your dog has odor issues, this is his way of telling you that something is wrong internally. I would first evaluate his diet.
I would not recommend using a human shampoo/conditioner on dogs. Besides the PH difference, most commercial human shampoos/conditioners contain chemicals that are harmful to dogs. I would recommend doing research on all of the ingredients in a dog shampoo and avoid any that contain:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Any artificial coloring or dyes
This is just to name a few. Remember, skin is permeable and putting toxic chemicals like these on your dog's skin has dangerous effects. I would also recommend the book "Whole Pet Diet," by Andi Brown.
I would also like to say that using a true, all natural or organic conditioner on your dog's coat does NOT dry the skin out. Unlike commercial products which do irritate and dry the skin and coat with repeated and frequent use, natural and organic shampoos actually condition the coat and skin each time you use them.
I was shocked to discover what was being put into commercial dog shampoos and conditioners (and human products too!). I have Kaine to thank for opening my eyes and teaching me something new once more. I too have trashed my human shampoos, conditioners and other products and switched them out for chemical free, natural and safe alternatives.
I usually wash Kaine on a weekly basis (or when he gets muddy) and brush his coat in between as well. His skin and coat are beautiful and shinning with the natural shampoos/conditioners that I now use whereas before, he had dry, flaky skin after only one bath!
I would highly recommend doing research on product ingredients and safe, natural alternatives as these chemicals are affecting more than just the skin and coats of our canine companions (think immune system and other organs).
I currently am using 100% all natural Castile soap which can be purchased from rosecompany.com I have the unscented one so that I can choose to add my own essential oils or not. They also sell ones with lemon which naturally repel insects. I also like the Topicana Puppy Shampoo, but I avoid the other shampoos they carry as they contain fragrance.
I hope this helps! Remember, what goes on the body is just as important as what goes into it.
Woofs n' Wags,
Ashley & Kaine
Edited by author Fri Jul 17, '09 3:28pm PST