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Human shampoo/conditioner on dogs?

Human shampoo/conditioner on dogs?

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Post date:  January, 2014

I only shampoo my dog (havanese) once a month as he has sensitive skin. I used my renpure argan oil shampoo on him for the first time to see if it would make his fur softer. He looks and feels super, and I also noticed he hasn't scratched at all today. Is it safe to continue using it?

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1. I wouldn't. I recently found this shampoo for my dogs and I love it http://www.bestshotpet.com/2010/08/fresh-apple-lily-caressing-body-wash/ It is water based, no alcohol and leaves them soft, clean, smelling great and doesn't irritate or dry out their skin and coat.
Posted by: 
Post date:  January, 0001
2. Not the best idea. In an emergency it might be okay but not recommended. The skin has a different pH than people so it will probably dry the skin long term. There are conditioners that are available for dogs that have skin problems that do help so you might want to look into that. Your vet could advise where to obtain if he does not carry them.
Posted by:  BJ
Post date:  January, 2014
3. i use adams flea and tick shampoo, it not only conditions their skin without using a conditioner also, but it leaves the hair soft, silky and great smelling. it was recommended by my vet.
Posted by:  dayna
Post date:  January, 2014
4. I wouldn't. I recently found this shampoo for my dogs and I love it http://www.bestshotpet.com/2010/08/fresh-apple-lily-caressing-body-wash/ It is water based, no alcohol and leaves them soft, clean, smelling great and doesn't irritate or dry out their skin and coat.
Posted by:  Emily
Post date:  January, 2014
5. Any shampoo that is pH BALANCED is fine for dogs, and that includes human shampoos. Some of the finest (and most costly!) pet salons use only human grade shampoos. If you aren't sure if a shampoo is pH balanced, you can call the toll free number listed in the label and ASK. pH balanced means that the shampoo is NEUTRAL and will not damage any hair or skin, be it canine or human. Most people don't understand pH and think that it must be balanced FOR a dog or a person. This is not so. Again, pH balanced means that the shampoo is neutral and won't harm the hair or skin. I don't know anything about argan oil. Again I say, for emphasis: You will need to call the toll free number and ask if the shampoo is pH balanced. Then you will know for certain if it is safe or not to keep using it. If you'd like to use a good fur softener/conditioner for dogs, I recommend T.H.E. Stuff which you can find at www.ryanspet.com or www.petedge.com or several other places online. It is available either as an rtu (ready to use) spray or as a concentrate that you mix with water and use in your own misting bottle. It is hypo-allergenic. A little goes a long way so it is pretty cost effective to use. It can be used on wet or dry hair. Mist it on, brush or blow-dry it in. Use too much and the dog will look and feel oily. Go easy with it until you figure out how much your dog needs. It also helps to prevent tangling. In all of my years of dog grooming and working as a vet tech, I never met a dog whose only reason for itchiness was dry skin. There is usually something else going on. It's always a good idea to check with your vet. The fact that your dog is itchy and has a dry coat tells me that your dog *may* be having some nutritional problems. I know that all of the dog food labels say that each one is a complete dog food and wonderful but not all dogs thrive on all foods. You may want to switch brands or add a fish oil supplement to your dog's diet. Or, giving the dog waterpack sardines twice a week could help, too. Changing food or adding to the diet are things that you won't see any results with until the autumn shedding season comes around (for double coated dogs) or maybe even not before a year's time has passed. Your dog might have allergies which sometimes make him itch and other times don't, depending upon what is pollinating in your area. Pollen levels can change from day to day or even hour to hour. A dietary change won't help with pollen allergies. This is why it's a good idea to find out WHY the dog is itchy before trying to treat the problem.
Posted by:  Lizzie
Post date:  January, 2014

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