Dog shampoos should be in the neutral range, around 7. Many shampoo manufacturers will include the pH level on the label.
Dogs need to be washed from time to time in order to maintain basic hygiene and grooming standards. It is also imperative to bathe dogs to avoid health and skin issues such as fungal and bacterial problems.
When it comes to dog shampoo, it’s not a one size fits all situation.
Your dog doesn’t need to be washed with shampoo on a regular basis. A good cleaning every couple of months is all your dog needs.
If the smell of your dog is not an issue for you, their fur isn’t visibly dirty or their lack of bathing doesn’t lead to health issues then there is no imminent need for dogs to take a bath.
It is important to note that some dogs have skin issues which require frequent washing because it will be part of their prescribed treatment.
Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Dog?
Human shampoos and soaps are formulated with moisturisers to replace the protective layer that has been scrubbed away, at least until the skin is able to replenish itself around 12 hours later.
The normal range of skin pH levels for humans is 5.2 to 6.2, which means it tends to be on the acidic side, and shampoos and skin products are formulated specifically to maintain this balance.
Depending on breed and gender, dogs have a relative pH balance ranging from 5.5 to 7.5, a more alkaline concentration.
Many dog owners using human shampoo keep repeating their dog washes because of the smell caused by a proliferation of bacteria. This can however make the problem worse as their skin pH level becomes more imbalanced.
This can then lead to the dog’s skin becoming dry and increasingly scratchy, leading to skin abrasions allowing bacteria invade.
Using Natural Shampoo on My Dog?
The best option for dogs is to choose a shampoo with all-natural ingredients. Since dogs groom by licking themselves it is important to be mindful of what goes onto their skin and fur.
You should try to stick to dog shampoos that use a natural fragrance.
Looking for a scent that is pleasant and natural isn’t hard as shown in the table above; lavender, chamomile, and rosemary are all dog-safe choices.
In some cases, your dog might need more than a simple, natural shampoo. This came be done at home using one the following recipes.
If your dog has a skin condition, your vet may recommend a medicinal shampoo. You can also learn about what ingredients are best for your dog’s condition by speaking to your veterinarian.
Drying Your Dog
Importance of Drying
It is essential to get dogs thoroughly dry as quickly as possible, this is especially true for double or thick coated and long haired breeds such as Old English Sheep dogs.
There are a number of reasons why, apart from comfort to the dog, but the primary reasons are that damp, warm fur becomes a perfect breeding ground for fungal infections. While using large dog pee pads might help in mopping up the droplets from your dog, you should consider doing more.
Wet and damp patches of skin tend to easily become areas called hot spots, which is otherwise known as acute moist dermatitis or what might look like red, irritated and moist lesions.
Dogs will often start licking at these, which will quickly worsen the issue.
It is important that if your dog begins showing signs of skin irritation, it is important to call and speak to a vet, especially in the case of red spots, wounds or bumps on the skin that could turn into hot spots or other allergies.