How to Choose the Best Shampoo for Your Dog

There’s a lot of things you can share with your dog, from your couch to your bed, to even your snacks – and this is fine. In fact, it can even strengthen the bond between you and your precious mutt. However, one thing that you should never share with your dog is your shampoo.

While human shampoo is great for keeping our hair clean and smelling great, it can have a different effect when it comes to dogs’ skin. This is why you should get a shampoo specially designed to groom pet dogs. But how do you know which one you should choose?

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing a shampoo for pet grooming:

Age

There are different shampoos designed for dogs of different ages, from young puppy to adult to old mutt. Puppy shampoos are much gentler as they are made of no-tear formulas that won’t irritate their eyes.

Color

Dogs with light-colored or even white fur need special shampoos to keep their coat bright white, and many whiteners or brighteners are available on the market that are designed to keep your pet’s hair from yellowing and fading.

Convenience

For pets and pet owners who need to be on the go, waterless shampoos and wipes are perfect for keeping your dog clean and smelling nice, especially when your dog’s first instinct is to hide under the bed at the mention of the word “bath”.

Fleas and Ticks

A flea shampoo with natural ingredients can safely kill the pesky bloodsuckers clinging to your pet’s fur without giving your dog allergic reactions. A shampoo with pyrethrins is especially effective for removing these external parasites for good.

Ingredients

Not all dog shampoos are made equal. Though there are some shampoos that are effective for your dog, there are others with certain ingredients, such as artificial fragrances and dyes that will leave your dog with a worse coat of fur. As much as possible, stick to natural ingredients.

Odor

The humid climate in Singapore, along with the combination of mystery substances and puddles that your dog runs into on a regular basis, can leave your mutt with a funny smell when you get home.

For adventurous dogs, a deodorizing pet grooming in Singapore shampoo can work wonders for eliminating the smell entirely.

Shine

Poor diet can make your mutt’s coat look dull and without luster. Aside from a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, moisturizing shampoo rich in nutrients can bring back that lustrous sheen for your pet’s fur.

Skin

A moisturizing shampoo is great for dogs with dry, flaky, skin. It’s usually a good idea to avoid scented shampoos, as they can irritate your pet’s skin, and go for moisturizing shampoos with natural ingredients as much as possible.

If your pet’s skin condition worsens, consult a veterinarian right away.

Tangle

Does your pet have fur that gets tangled easily? If so, consider getting a shampoo-conditioner with moisturizer to make Spot’s mane more manageable. For tangles that are really stubborn, a separate conditioner after shampooing should do the trick.

 

Now that you have the best shampoo for your dog, the next step to pet grooming is to actually get the dog in the bathtub. But getting all four of your pet’s paws in the tub is another story. A few suggestions include bathing with warm standing water (not running – this can intimidate your pet) and treats to reward good behavior.

You should also use a washcloth for the face to keep water from running into the eyes and ears as much as possible. For best results, visit your local veterinarian in Singapore today.