What’s the point of spending good money on natural puppy shampoo? I hear you ask.
Well, just like us, puppies’ skins are their natural barrier between them and the rest of the world. The natural oils on their skins help to protect them from allergens, bacteria and viruses. If we use harsh soaps, or human shampoos on our puppies, it strips away this layer and can lead to skin irritations, rashes, infections and sores.
AND, dogs’ skins are a bit different from ours, in that their protective layer is more alkaline than ours, so they really do need to have a shampoo formulated especially for dogs.
Puppies are kept clean by their mothers licking them in the first few weeks of their lives, and they shouldn’t really need to be washed at all until they are about 12 weeks old.
If you really have to wash your pup if it’s got into a puddle or rolled in something really yukky (as we know they do!), then make sure you use a really gentle, natural shampoo specially formulated for dogs.
Wash with luke-warm water, and keep the pup nice and warm until it’s totally dry.
None of us should really wash as much as we do these days as it’s not really that great for our skins, and that is why most shampoos contain moisturisers which protect our skin while it builds up its oily layer again.
The best puppy shampoos do the same, and we always recommend the ones with Aloe Vera because this amazing plant has scientifically proven moisturising properties. In addition to that, Aloe Vera is antiseptic and anti-fungal and soothes irritated skin.
Many shampoos contain chemicals which have been shown to be harmful to our health or to the environment, and some are tested on animals. The natural puppy shampoos we recommend have only the healthiest, most natural, organic ingredients and are cruelty free.
OxGord Organic Oatmeal Dog Shampoo & Conditioner 100% Natural - Made with Aloe
This is the Amazon number 1 bestseller, and we think that there is good reason for it. Not only organic, but vegan too, you can be sure that no animals were harmed making this lovely stuff.
It’s soap free, so won’t hurt your puppy’s delicate eyes. The wonderful Aloe Vera in it moisturises beautifully and it will leave their coat glossy and clean.
Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo with Oatmeal and Aloe Vera
This is a coconut based cleanser with 100% natural ingredients and certified to be cruelty free. We love the smell and it really helps our dog’s skin problems. It is very well priced and ships internationally.
We also love the oatmeal in this shampoo. Did you know that oatmeal is good for the skin because it has emollient and anti-inflammatory properties? The combo with Aloe Vera is unbeatable.
If you don't have a puppy but have a grown up dog, here is some information on Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo.
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