Washing your pup can be a chore…. rarely will ‘Ozzy’ come running to you once he sees the water running in the bath tub. Here are a few bathing tips from Veterinarian Dr. Lisa Lippman, the owner of several Insta-famous pups, that are sure to keep your pup healthy and happy.
Per Dr. Lippman, ’Not bathing your dog often, is a myth. As long as you are using the proper shampoo and rinsing all of the soap off, washing your dog 1-2 times a week is completely healthy. To avoid ear infections, it is important to make sure that you do not let water or shampoo enter your dog’s ears. An easy way to make sure that this does not happen is with one hand, close the ear flap and hold it in place and with the other hand, gently wave a stream of water over the ear to remove any dirt. Have a small towel nearby and immediately pat the ear area dry. Repeat with the other ear. Using a shampoo specifically for pets will reduce eye irritations or sting skin abrasions. Make sure you completely rinse the shampoo off of the hair and the skin. Lisa recommends ‘If you are uncertain if all the shampoo is rinsed off, rinse it off again’.
Here are some veterinarian recommended shampoos that you might want to use next time your pet needs a bath…
WildOnes Conditoning Shampoo.
This stylish company has everything for your Insta-famous pup. The shampoo comes in two ‘smell so good formulas’- Grapefruit Lemongrass and Eucalyptus. These are vegan, hypoallergic, human-grade, cruelty and paraben-free, and do not contain synthetic fragrances.
This one runs about $25.00.
Burt Bees 2-1 Tearless Shampoo.
This well-known ‘good for you’ company is a favorite among pet owners that own dogs. It smells like buttermilk biscuits slathered in honey. It is free from colors, sulfates, fragrances, and harsh chemicals.
This one runs about $7.00.
ProPet Works All Natural Organic Oatmeal Shampoo.
Formulated to help dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits with food, grass, and insect irritations. It is made with aloe, oatmeal, and almond oil. It is free from colors, fragrance, sulfates, and paraben.
This one runs about $18.00.
Veterinary Formula AntiParasitic and Antiseborrheic Shampoo.
Medicated shampoo for dogs and horses that have a variety of skin issues including fungal infections, mange, and seborrheic dermatitis. It contains sulfur, coal tar, and salicylic acid. This is what Veterinarians use in the hospital and it works best if it is left on the skin for 3-4 minutes. It contains coconut oil and oatmeal to soothe inflamed skin.
This runs about $8.00.
Warren London Neem Oil Shampoo.
A staple in many dog spas, this cherry scented shampoo contains neem, a natural insect repellant. This soap-free shampoo uses coconut oil, almond oil, and oat proteins which may help calm irritated kin.
This runs about $13.00.
HolistaPet CBD Infused Conditioning Shampoo.
This mandarin berry scented shampoo is vegan, organic, and contains human-grade ingredients including 200 mg CBD extract and Quat Rice which may help strengthen, moisturize, and condition damaged hair. Leave on the skin for 3-4 minutes for best results.
This runs about $38.00.