How to Select the Right Dog Shampoo

Grooming, last updated 08th, Apr 2013, Kritika Ponia

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You love your little pooch, don’t you? You want to give him the best of everything especially when it comes to food and grooming. You provide him the most nutritious diet so that he is healthy and happy. You also make sure you groom him regularly so that he is clean and does not invite any diseases. However, do you groom him right? Do you use the right grooming products for your dog? Not many people will be able to give an affirmative yes here.

One of the most important aspects of dog grooming is bathing the dog. You have to bathe your little friend regularly whether he likes it or not. Unless the vet tells you otherwise, bathe him once a week with the RIGHT products! Just like in your case, you will find numerous different shampoos for dogs. Choosing can be confusing and tiresome especially if you don’t know what you are looking for.

Reputation of the Brand

To start off with, you should ensure that the brand is reputed. Buying from a cheap brand will do you and your dog no good. It will be like washing money away in the form of shampoo foam or lather. Research over the Internet and find the best brands. Some examples are Beaphar, Forbis, Sooth-n-Shine Pet Shampoo, Dog Shampoo Magic Fur from All4Pets, and so on. All these brands have a wide range of shampoos for you to explore and choose according to your needs. Stick to these brands and you will make a fine choice.

Type of Shampoo

You may either choose to go natural or choose chemical shampoos. When you choose chemical, make sure the number of chemicals used is less and also that the chemicals used are safe. Ensure that you research the chemicals if you have any doubt. I am stressing on this because there have been many cases in which shampoos have literally ripped off the coat of dogs! Do you really want to subject your dog to such misery? I am sure not. Ensure that the shampoo you buy is safe, thus.

Again, if you look through the market or the Internet you will find a wide variety of shampoos and you should choose based on your purpose. Some dogs have specific needs and you should ensure you cater to them so that the coat is healthy and the fur shines! The beauty of a dog lies in his fur. Take good care of it!

Here are some of the various types of shampoos that you could choose from:

Moisturizing Shampoo: These shampoos are ideal if your dog’s coat tends to get dry. However, you can use them normally too. These shampoos contain ingredients that moisturize the coat and keep it soft and conditioned. Aloevera Moisturizing Pet Shampoo, Anti-dry Dog Shampoo Honey & Almond, Arnibax Dog Shampoo, Silky coating Dog Shampoo Isle of Dogs, etc. are some good examples of moisturizing shampoos.

Conditioning Shampoo: If you don’t want to buy a separate conditioner for your dog, you may want to check out the conditioning shampoo range, which consists of Arnica Conditioning Pet Shampoo, Conditioning Dog Shampoo Forbis, Sooth-n-Shine Pet Shampoo, and so on. All these shampoos work to moisturize as well as condition your dog’s coat.

Shampoo for Sensitive Skin: Some dogs have sensitive skin and normal shampoos can aggravate their skin condition. Under such circumstances you must choose mild shampoos or those that are specially formulated for dogs with sensitive. Feeling Flaky Dry and Sensitive Skin Dog Shampoo is one example. Life’s an Itch Soothing Dog Shampoo, K9 Derm Cleansing Dog and Cat Shampoo, Fluffy Puppy Conditioning Shampoo, and Natural Oatmeal Anti Itch Dog Shampoo are more examples.

Medicated Shampoo: If your dog has a skin condition or the doctor has recommended special shampoos for your dog, go with them. Medicated Povidone Iodine Dog Shampoo and Epo Veterinary Shampoo Isle of Dogs are good examples of medicated shampoos.

Anti-flea and Anti-tick Shampoo: Flea and tick problems are actually common and it is necessary that you take precautions beforehand. Whether your dog has had an infestation or not, having a good anti flea and tick shampoo in the house is a good idea because you never know when they might infest your pet. Infestation can cause your dog endless pain. In order to end the pain soon, you should make sure you have a good shampoo at your disposal. However, make sure the shampoos are not harsh. Some good examples are TikFite Anti Tick Dog Shampoo, Medicated Flea and Tick Dog Shampoo, Dog Shampoo Magic Fur Antiflea and Antitick, and so on.

Shampoos According to the Coat: You can buy shampoos formulated for specific coats such as Short Coat Aloe Dog Shampoo, Long Coat Aloe Dog Shampoo, Beaphar Shampoo for White Coats, Bronze Luster Color Enhancer Dog Shampoo, and so on.

Miscellaneous: Other shampoos for dogs include no tear shampoos, anti-dandruff shampoos, cleansing shampoos, deodorizing shampoos, and so on. You can choose based on the best choice for your dog!

Now that you know about the various shampoos for dogs and their purpose, picking out should be easy. If you still have any doubts, talk to your pet to find out the best type of shampoo for your dog. He will tell you what kind of shampoo you must invest in and then you can choose from the shampoos aforementioned.

Remember that bath time is more than just fun and splashing water. Bath time for dogs is all about hygiene, good health, and cleanliness.


You shouldn’t get careless when you choose a shampoo for your dog. You should ensure that the shampoo you pick up is the best based on quality as well as the best based on the requirements of your dog. Only when you keep all these things in mind will you be able to make the right choice for your furry little pet.

Remember that your dogs’ needs are different and more diverse than yours. Don’t EVER try giving him a bath with your shampoo thinking it will cut down costs. For all you know, you are only increasing your expenses for the future by subjecting him to the increased risk of acquiring skin problems.

Don’t be cheap!

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