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So my dog occasionally needs a bath, just like other dogs...

Doesn't love it, but will deal with it for a reasonable time.

I did one bath with human baby shampoo, but think I should likely use a dog shampoo.

Anyone with recommendations? Shampoo to stay away from?

Thanks!
 

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I have always liked Tropiclean products. They clean well, smell nice, but not overpowering, leave my dogs super soft and rinse easily. I've tried Earthbath, it cleans well, smells nice, leaves my guys really soft, but I find it a bit more difficult to rinse.

Stay away from "flea" shampoo, it's full of toxic chemicals. You are better off using a Tea Tree oil based shampoo
 

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So my dog occasionally needs a bath, just like other dogs...

Doesn't love it, but will deal with it for a reasonable time.

I did one bath with human baby shampoo, but think I should likely use a dog shampoo.

Anyone with recommendations? Shampoo to stay away from?

Thanks!
Hello!!

I definitely wouldn't use human shampoo on a dog, only because a dog may react differently to the chemicals in human shampoo than we do.

I would suggest that you order some shampoo called "Legendary Canine". Its all natural shampoo that was created to be sensitive on dogs skins, treat skin infections caused by allergies, and it suds up fast and washes away even faster. Its all I use on my dogs and I only use natural products. When I first reviewed this soap I didn't believe that it washed out that fast. I find that washing my dog takes several rinses because most dog shampoos stay in the dogs thick fur, however, I can literally wash my lab in a few minutes. In and out. The shampoo comes in a soap bar form. You just wet the fur, rub the bar over the first, use your hands to clean it and then rinse quick and thats it! It makes her fur nice and soft, and she hasn't had any reactions. In fact, I first bought it for her to clear up some minor skin lesions on her belly (due to environmental allergies I believe) and it helped heal it. I bought the "Healer" shampoo but only because of the lesions. I still use it however even though she doesn't have skin problems because its still very sensitive and all natural. Just be sure not to bathe your dog too much as this can dry their skin out too just from the water.

Hope this helps! If you want to check out the shampoo I recommended, go to BigCountry Supplements and theres a list of the Legendary Canine soap line.

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Yes, you definitely have to buy a dog shampoo. Human shampoos are not suitable for dogs even baby shampoos can cause skin problems to your dog. Some dogs have very sensitive skin.
 

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Most human shampoos are not suitable for humans...but that is a whole nother conversation! :D
This made me laugh. LOL, but yes I do agree with you even us human knows what's best for our hair.

It really depends, pets are sensitive primary reasons why you need to identify the best shampoo. I am actually using Pet Head Feeling Flaky, it leaves a long lasting scent, and a silky hair. It is two in one item as it serves as a shampoo and conditioner. There's a actually a wide variety of options to choose from, I actually both mine at Pet Street Mall, its an online shop for pets you better check it out as they have a lot in store for your paw. Also try to buy a Flea and Tick Shampoo this shampoo is highly suggested.
 

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Consider the relative pH balance for dogs. Depending on breed, gender, climate, and the anatomical size on the dog, the pH levels range from 5.5 to 7.5, tending toward a more alkaline concentration. Therefore, if a shampoo that is formulated for human skin is used on a dog, the dog's acid mantle will be disrupted, creating an environment where bacteria, parasites, and viruses can run rampant. Additionally, if the shampoo makes the skin feel dry, your dog will scratch at its skin, creating abrasions for bacteria to invade. It quickly becomes a vicious cycle.

A good cleaning every few months is all your dog needs (you can give water baths in between). you should also concentrate on finding a shampoo with a pH balance that is specifically balanced for a dog's skin. Dog shampoos should be in the neutral range, around 7. So opt for shampoos with natural ingredients, such as oatmeal, honey, and vitamin E.

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I hope I was helpful
 

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Never use human shampoo because dogs have very sensitive skin that is half the thickness of human skin and has a very different pH balance. So to ensure you don’t irritate the skin, avoid using human products or soaps on your dog and instead use products that have been specifically designed with your dog’s coat and skin in mind.

WHAT NOT TO USE

There are many home-made remedies for various skin maladies and parasites. And while some may be perfectly safe, often they are based on human skin needs. Generally if something is safe for humans, that does not necessarily mean it is safe for our pets. Humans don’t tend to lick themselves when grooming, while dogs do, so we must be aware that some things can be toxic when ingested.

In particular, avoid tea tree products. Tea tree is antibacterial and antiseptic, but if the tea tree in a product is in sufficient concentration to have all the purported benefits, it will be toxic if consumed.

ITCHY SKIN

If your dog has itchy skin, consider a medicated shampoo, perhaps even an oatmeal shampoo such as Aloveen. Shampoos with aloe vera and oatmeal are particularly soothing.

FREQUENT SKIN INFECTIONS

If your dog is prone to dermatitis and bacterial or fungal flare-ups using a medicated shampoos that contains miconazole or chlorhexidine may be recommended by your Veterinarian. These shampoos can be drying, so should only be used on medical recommendation.

GREASY SKIN

If your dog is quite smelly or greasy a shampoos such as sebolyse may help. This shampoo is also antibacterial and antifungal, two other sources of smelly skin. Medicated shampoos really need a long contact time of 5-10 minutes, so read the label to work out how long you must leave the shampoo on for.

FLAKY SKIN

Dogs that have dry, flaky skin will do well with Aloveen or a very gentle shampoo and a good brush to redistribute the natural oils through the coat, They may also benefit from fish oils, particularly in the form of Dermoscent, with the correct ratio of omega 3s and omega 6s. Shampooing can actually dry the skin, so backing off with the baths might also help for dogs with dry skin.

NORMAL SKIN

If your dog has fairly normal skin, with no flakes, grease or excessive smell, using a natural pet shampoo is fine. Aim for a good quality shampoo. Aloveen is also a great shampoo to use for normal skin.

DO I NEED A CONDITIONER?

If you have a nice gentle shampoo, a conditioner is not necessary. Conditioners can help with a dry coat, and are often left in. Conditioners can also be applied in between baths if your dog is getting a little smelly and you don’t have time for the full bath. They can help to mask that doggy smell.

DO I NEED TO BATH MY DOG?

If your dog is not smelly, doesn’t tend to roll in things at the park and doesn’t swim, there may be no need to bath your pet at all. A good brush can do a great job of redistributing the oils in the coat and gives a nice healthy shine. For some hints on what sort of brush to choose for your pet take a look out our article on grooming tools.

Check out our dog washing guide for a step-by-step process on how to give your dog the ultimate wash and leave their coat in tip top condition.

There is a dazzling array of shampoos and conditioners available and while many are suitable for normal skin, many pets have skin problems that may respond to a specialised shampoo. For further advice and information on what shampoo is best for your pet, visit your Veterinarian.
 

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Do not choose a dog shampoo that is heavily scented. The scents can irritate a dog's skin. You know that some sort of extra ingredient has to be placed into the shampoo and some dogs may not be as tolerant as others when it comes to these ingredients.
 

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Remember that you must consider the dog’s relative pH. With the pH ranging from basic to relatively acidic, or more alkaline, the dog’s pH might be disturbed by the shampoo and thus promote growth of viruses and parasites.
Therefore, always take the best puppy shampoo that will balance your dog’s skin.
 

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Same here. I am using a human shampoo, I chose the mild one.Turns out its still not suitable for dogs. Good thing I read your post and all the reply that comes with it. Now I would definitely have to buy a dog shampoo.
 

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So my dog occasionally needs a bath, just like other dogs...

Doesn't love it, but will deal with it for a reasonable time.

I did one bath with human baby shampoo, but think I should likely use a dog shampoo.

Anyone with recommendations? Shampoo to stay away from?

Thanks!
Stay away from human shampoo. It's not ph balanced for dogs and can be really drying. With that said, Cowboy Magic Rosewater shampoo is really good, and it's a dog/human/horse cross over shampoo.

The one I personally use and really like is called "Charcoal", from http://kin-kind.com
 

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Baby shampoo is generally considered safe for dogs, but I wouldn't use it routinely. The fact that you used it once is fine. Probably doesn't warrant a trip to the vet or a call to poison control.
 

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According to what I have read here the best way to find which dog shampoo you should use is to test them, because every dog has his own needs. I personally use shampoo from Pro Pet Works. I buy it on the amazon and this is my favorite one, it doesn't smell overwhelming and leaves a coat nice and glossy.
 

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I always use Dog Shampoo because most of the human shampoo is not suitable for Dog. Dog Shampoos are great for maintaining your dog’s coat. With every wash, your dog’s fur will look shiny and smooth. They’ll smell fragrant and all the debris in their coat will have been washed out thoroughly. Each fragrance used in dog shampoos is made from safe and non-toxic ingredients, so it won’t threaten your dog’s skin.
 
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