If your dog has a bright and shiny coat, it’s proof of their great health. And as a loyal dog owner of such a loyal pet, you will do whatever it takes to ensure they’re well being.
You can do it in two ways. Give them a proper diet or give them a nourishing bath.
That brings us to one of the most important factors of dog care- ‘Best Dog Shampoo.’
People often neglect this factor and go for human soaps or shampoo that can cause damage to their dog’s skin and fur.
In this post, I will talk more into dog shampoo and how you can make it easily at home.
What is dog shampoo?
Dog shampoos are manufactured only for dogs so that their skin becomes healthy. These shampoos have a different PH level, scent, and functionality than human shampoos.
Whether you make them at home or get a premade dog shampoo, these will ensure your dog remains clean and away from insects.
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Benefits of using a dog shampoo.
- The dog shampoo manufacturers focus on the needs of your dog’s skin. Dogs have very sensitive skin and need mild cleansing products to protect from rashes and reactions.
- The PH level is well maintained so that it suits your dog coat and skin. You will be saving your pet from irritation using dog shampoo.
- It helps to maintain the moisture level of your dog’s skin so that there is less dandruff. Also, the fragrance makes the stuff more attractive to dogs.
- Different shampoos come with different benefits. So, you have the opportunity to choose according to your dog’s skin condition.
How is dog shampoo different from human shampoo?
Dog shampoos have different varieties with special functions. I have listed a few below:
Herbal protein- Natural ingredients essential for better conditioning
Flea and Ticks- best for dogs identified for having an insect infestation
Itch Stop- Works well on dogs with itchy skin
Puppy- Say goodbye to tears
Sept sooth- Helps ease skin infection pain
Brightening- shines your dog’s coat
Oatmeal shampoo- Adds moisture to the skin and also acts as a cleanser
Precautions to take when using dog shampoo.
- You should carefully observe your dog’s skin and identify it’s typed first. As each dog shampoo has its unique benefits, it can also cause harm if chosen wrongly.
- For itchy or flaky skin, only shampoos recommended for such skin should be used.
- Before going full-on with a dog shampoo, test it in a small quantity and see the result. In this way, you can save your dog from any reaction or rashes.
- Consult your vet to identify your dog’s skin type if you are confused.
- Check the ingredients list of the shampoo to look for any ingredient that your dog is allergic to.
Now, that you know what dog shampoo is and what benefits it can bring to your dog, it’s time to make some at home.
How to make homemade dog shampoo with coconut oil?
Worried about spending too much on dog shampoo? This DIY Coconut oil formula should save you a few bucks. But that’s not the only thing you should worry about.
Store-bought dog shampoos might cause hair hall and even have artificial ingredients that might cause harm. Coconut oil shampoo made at home is completely natural and cheap.
Benefits of homemade coconut oil dog shampoo.
Homemade coconut oil shampoo works and saves you from paying extra on shipping, manufacturer bottle, labeling, and packaging. Most of the ingredients used in this formula can be bought in bulk quantities saving you time and money. Here are some of the benefits:
- Relieves itching.
- Reduces dandruff and dry skin.
- It makes the coat bright and healthy.
- No signs of irritation can be seen and are gentle on the skin.
- Say goodbye to bad odors.
- Best for preventing shedding.
- Dogs with fleas and ticks will get great benefits from this.
Coconut oil dog shampoo ingredients.
- ¼ cup of coconut oil (make sure it’s liquid).
- 5 drops of lavender oil.
- Half cup castile soap.
- ¾ cup of distilled water.
Most of these ingredients you might already have at home. But if you buy them, make sure to get as much that lasts at least a month.
- You need a bottle to transfer all the ingredients to it. Make sure the quantity mentioned is accurate.
- Put the cap on and shake to mix together. If you get to have a spray bottle, that should help to apply the mixture uniformly.
- To give your dog a coconut oil shampoo wash, first, make him wet. Then apply and rub the shampoo all over his body. You can also use a dog brush if you want to save your fingers from the rash.
- Applying this once a week should be enough but make sure you use lots of water to get it off from your dog’s body.
How to make homemade dog shampoo with essential oils?
‘Essential oils’ are as essential as the name suggests. It acts as a mood booster for humans but if used properly can also be beneficial to your dogs.
I use essential oils in all of my dog shampoo formulas, and that’s the reason my pet smells good. These plant-based liquids can become your daily needs once your pet gets used to this shampoo.
Are essential oils good for dogs?
Essential oils have both benefits and harmfulness depending on how you use them on your dog.
The benefits include:
Remove Odor- All essential oils provide a strong scent that can keep your pet odor-free. That’s good for you as an owner, especially when you share your bed with him.
Keeps bacteria away- Lavender oil has an antibacterial property that can keep your pet away from bacterial attacks.
Antiseptic properties- It can help soothe your dog’s skin irritation.
The bad effects include:
Toxic for the liver- Too much use of essential oil can cause toxic effects in your pet’s liver and may lead to organ damage and death also.
The scent may not be preferable- When used in excess can cause headaches.
Safety measures for applying essential oils.
Make sure your dog doesn’t ingest it
Don’t mix the essential oil in the water that they bath. Doing so will cause ingestion and cause irritation. So, if you want to use it, use it in the homemade shampoo mixture.
You need dilute essential oils to make the scent mild. So, for 1 tsp of carrier oil, a single drop of essential oil will be more than enough.
Keep away from your pet’s nose and eyes.
The eyes and nose are very sensitive and can react abruptly to the essential oil. So, you have to be careful when applying essential oil dog shampoo. If it happens to get in the eyes, wash it away with whole milk or olive oil.
Essential oils that should be avoided when making dog shampoo.
Essential oils are made from various plant-based substances. Some of them are not safe for dogs or any pets. Here is the list of 20 essential oils that you should avoid:
- Bitter Almond.
- Tea tree.
Note: Some of the homemade formulas found on the internet might suggest ‘Tea tree’ and ‘Thyme’ oils. But as I researched, I found these two oils to have side effects on dogs.
Essential oil dog shampoo ingredients.
- Water- 4 cups.
- Carrier oil (olive oil)- 4 tablespoons.
- Castile soap- 4 tablespoons.
- Lavender oil- 5 drops.
- Thieves- 2 drops.
- Lemongrass- 2 drops.
- Citronella- 2 drops.
- Cedarwood- 1 drop.
- Roman Chamomile- 2 drops.
- Rosemary- 2 drops.
- Use a pump bottle for this as the mixture will be watery. First, pour water using a funnel.
- Next, add the essential oils and the carrier oil and mix well.
- Lastly, add the liquid castile soap and shake until mixed properly.
- As the mixture is watery, you might waste a lot if you pour it directly on your dog. Spraying it will be appropriate.
- Use by spraying some onto your palms and then run it on your dog’s fur and skin. Rinse thoroughly until it’s totally washed off.
- Use once a week and store in a cool dry place.
How to make homemade oatmeal dog shampoo?
Oatmeals have been used in grooming products for many years now. And it’s even good for pets. It’s healing property boosts your dog’s skin health. You don’t need to feed them, you just need to make it a shampoo.
Let’s have a look at the benefits first and then we can learn how to make it.
Benefits of oatmeal for dog skin.
It helps to relieve itching.
Since the Bronze age, oatmeal has been used in skincare across civilizations in Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
For skin, colloidal oatmeal is best, and it’s sold as a powder. Chemicals like avenanthramides and phenols in oatmeals help in relieving itching and irritation.
Oatmeal can even prevent diseases like eczema and psoriasis to a certain extent.
Reduces skin problems.
Oatmeal shampoo can help moisturize the skin, saving your dog from dry skin issues. If your dog has hot spots or fleas, the oatmeal-based shampoo will be super effective on them.
It helps to clean and soften up your dog’s coat. That’s the reason I have been a long fan of oatmeals my entire life.
Oatmeal dog shampoo ingredients.
- Dry oats- 1 and a half cup.
- Distilled water- 2 cups.
- Carrier oil- 1 and a half cup.
- Lemon juice- 1 Tsp.
- Liquid castile soap- 1 cup.
- Lavender oil- 2 drops.
- Rosemary oil- 2 drops.
- First, you need to soften up the oats, so it mixes well with water and other ingredients. You can grind it and make it a powder, or add with water and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- When the water and oatmeal are mixed well, add the carrier oil, essential oil, and the lemon juice. You can use a bowl for this.
- Lastly, add the Castile soap and mix them properly.
- Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a bottle.
- You can keep this shampoo at most 2 days. So prepare in small quantities for single use only.
Alternative oatmeal shampoo formula.
This is not only an oatmeal recipe that you can make. There are tons of dog owners who experiment and share their oatmeal dog shampoo formulas. Some might not work for you. So you need to try out a few before finding the right one for your dog.
Here’s another easy one for you if your dog hates the essential oil smell.
You will need 1 cup oatmeal, 4 cups warm water and 1 cup of baking soda.
After grinding the oatmeal, mix all of these ingredients well. You should apply this mixture immediately and wait for 5 minutes. Then rinse off properly.
You can always buy a dog pre-made dog shampoo, but it feels good to make something on your own for your pets. As a dog owner, I really love doing so, but you should keep experimenting to get the right shampoo mix for your dog.