When people hear the words “dog” and “allergic” in the same sentence, they typically assume the person is describing how they or a loved one has an adverse biological reaction when exposed to a dog. Sometimes, though, our furry friends have allergies of their own. Some dogs have skin that is more sensitive to several of the chemicals in regular shampoos, which can lead to itching, irritation, dryness, and other complications.
What Ingredients Might Cause Irritation?
If you are noticing that your dog tends to have a negative reaction when you use regular dog shampoo, the culprit could be any of a long list of ingredients:
Soaps and Detergents
Regular dog shampoos often contain strong soaps and detergents to make sure that your dog’s coat is thoroughly cleaned for a long time. While this is all well and good for some dogs, this can cause allergic dogs to break out into an itchy rash and make their skin dry and flaky. Not only are these dogs more sensitive, but some require bathing more frequently, further exacerbating the problem. A hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs with these types of allergies, on the other hand, uses milder agents that don’t have quite as harsh an effect and are perfect for more frequent bathing.
Some dog shampoos rely on added fragrances so that the dog not only is clean afterwards—he smells clean. The thing is, though, that dogs will be dogs, and after a day or two, or even as little as a couple of hours, your dog is going to go right back to smelling like, well… dog. The scent doesn’t add to the effectiveness of the shampoo itself, and in the meantime, it can cause all sorts of skin problems for the dog. Additionally, it’s easy to forget that a dog’s sense of smell is thousands of times stronger than a human’s, so while that added fragrance may smell nice to you, it can be overpowering for the dog. A hypoallergenic dog shampoo, on the other hand,works just as well to clean the dog’s coat, can still have a mild and pleasant smell from all-natural ingredients like lavender oil, and avoid the negative side effects those added chemicals bring.
Dyes and Whitening Agents
In addition to cleaning your dog, many normal shampoos also boast an ability to brighten the sheen of your dog’s coat. To do so, they add dyes and whitening compounds that allergic dogs may not be able to handle. A hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin, on the other hand, will use milder, more natural ingredients, such as argan and coconut oils, which not only improve the luster of your dog’s coat, but can also moisturize his skin and repair and strengthen the hairs.
Everyone and their dog (pun intended) knows it: Dogs get fleas. (And ticks.) It’s something that pet owners have learned comes with the territory. Fortunately, many dog shampoos include ingredients that are intended to prevent infestations. The negative side, though, is that often, these ingredients can wreak havoc on dogs with allergies. The parabens and alcohols used to keep parasites down can be harsh on an allergic dog’s skin. A hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs that don’t handle these ingredients well will contain milder, natural, organic replacements, such as oatmeal, aloe vera, or tea tree oil. These replacements can be just as effective, but they don’t have any of the adverse side effects associated with the harsher ingredients.
Benefits of a Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo
Aside from simply excluding many of the harsher chemicals included in regular dog shampoos, a hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs can bring some additional side benefits. Hypoallergenic shampoos are often fortified with other natural ingredients that can benefit your dog. Nature’s Remedies shampoo includes natural ingredients like coconut oil, which can help to make your dog’s fur soft and shiny while moisturizing his skin. Grapeseed oil can help keep your dog’s paws from drying out and bring life back to them if they’re already dry or cracked.
Dogs with allergies will sometimes need to be washed more often than other dogs, simply to clean them of environmental allergens that get into their fur and onto their skin as well. Because hypoallergenic dog shampoos are more mild on dogs’ skin, though, this doesn’t raise a problem. A natural, hypoallergenic shampoo will be fine to wash your dog frequently without negative side effects.
Downsides of Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoos
In all honesty, there are actually very few downsides with hypoallergenic dog shampoos. An argument could be made that, due to the fact that its ingredients are more mild than a normal dog shampoo, the hypoallergenic shampoo may not be as effective at cleaning the dog. This can be remedied by simply learning how to properly use the shampoo, meaning your dog will be healthy, safe, and happy.
Order Nature’s Remedies all natural shampoo today and start smelling the difference. From tea tree oil to lavender, our ingredients are designed to give your dog a fresh, pleasing scent. We guarantee that after a single wash your pet will smell better, look cleaner, and (most importantly) be cleaner! Click below to order your bottle today.