Some dogs have very sensitive skin that is half the thickness of human skin and has a very different pH balance. Therefore, it is important to use a shampoo made for a dog instead of a human shampoo or soap.
AVOID HOME REMEDIES
Some claims out there of home-made remedies for various skin maladies and parasites are generally not good to use even some may be perfectly safe. If something is safe for humans, that does not necessarily mean it is safe for our pets, it is important because dogs ingest when they lick themselves to groom.
Avoid tea tree products. Tea tree is antibacterial and antiseptic, but if the tea tree in a product is in sufficient concentration to have all the purported benefits, it will be toxic if consumed.
If your dog has normal skin, with no flakes, grease or excessive smell, using a natural pet shampoo is fine. Aim for a good quality shampoo. Simbae’s shampoo is also a great shampoo to use for normal skin, with added Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to nourish and cleanse your dog’s skin.
If your dog has itchy skin, consider a medicated or sensitive skin shampoo, a shampoo that has Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Comfrey are perfectly suited for a sensitive skin soothing solution.
If your dog is quite smelly or greasy a basic cleansing shampoo such as a general Fur Shampoo may help. A shampoo that is also antibacterial and antifungal, as they are the main issues when it comes to the causes of smelly skin.
Dogs that have dry, flaky skin will do well with sensitive skin shampoo or a very gentle shampoo and a good brush to redistribute the natural oils through the coat. Shampooing can dry the skin, so backing off with the baths might also help for dogs with dry skin.
CURLY & LONG FUR
For dogs with long and curly fur, you need a shampoo that will strengthen and nourish your dog’s coats. Special ingredients like Keratin and Horsetail are perfect for increasing fur shine and reduces hair breakage.
DOES MY DOG NEED A CONDITIONER?
Conditioners can also be applied in between baths if your dog is getting a little smelly and you don’t have time for the full bath. They can help to remove that doggy smell and provide coat conditioning which in fact makes a more enjoyable grooming experience for you and your dog.