The first rule of dog bathing is not to use human shampoo. The pH of dog skin is very different from that of human skin. While our skin has a pH of around 5.5 to 5.6, your dog’s skin is much more neutral, averaging a pH of between 6.2 and 7.4.1 Shampoos formulated for humans are much more acidic than those for dogs, and using a human shampoo can upset the balance of a dog’s skin. Using dog shampoo when needed is an important part of general pet care. For dogs with healthy skin and a healthy coat, the most common reason to bathe is to remove an unpleasant odour or because they’ve accumulated dirt on their coat. The benefits of bathing and using dog shampoos and conditioners can include cleaning the skin and coat which helps to remove loose hair, scale and debris and improve the hair coat’s shine.
How often to bathe your dog will vary between each individual dog and their particular needs. If dogs are shampooed too frequently this can dry out their skin and hair coat and may cause problems. Only shampooing when it is necessary should help to prevent the skin drying out due to excessive bathing as the natural oils on the skin and coat won’t be stripped away too frequently. Dogs with skin problems may require different bathing schedules as part of their treatment plan and your local vet can provide advice. Our range of luxury dog shampoos to cater for your doggies specific needs. They contain NO Parabens, Phthalates, Phosphates, Petrochemicals, Sulphates or PEG’s and are handmade in England.
Why not also look at our range of dog brushes to ensure their coat is nicely managed.