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Old 04-22-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Default Is human shampoo okay for dogs?

Does anyone know if it's okay to use human shampoo on dogs? I just can't get over having to pay 12 bucks a bottle if it's pretty much the same ingredients. Ideas?
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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I have always been told by vets that if you have a dog that's "normal" - i.e. no skin issues &/or it's not for fleas or medicated in any way - any mild shampoo is fine. You want to remove dirt without removing the natural oils from the coat and skin, so a good quality baby shampoo was what has been recommended to me in the past.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Our vet also recmds baby shampoo because it won't burn the eyes. I use both; her shampoo for her body and baby for the head, etc. I follow the body with a conditioner that I use myself. She never smells as good when we bathe her tho as when she comes back from the groomer

The vet also said we could use Dawn dishwashing liquid for one rescue pup we had that had fleas. Worked like a charm!! Careful around the ears and eyes tho!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: California
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It's fine...I use it every once in awhile..even conditioner for their coats. The only problem is, it is not very strong, there fore the dog seems to get grimy faster. If you think about it, most people wash their hair every day or every other day..Shampoos and conditioners are not that strong.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Thanks for all the replies!
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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Actually, it's not that great. Human skin and dog skin have differences in pH and pet shampoo does take that into account, being gentler on the skin. Also, they do make no-tears pet shampoo!
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I've always used it and never had a problem. I would rather use some leftover people shampoo then spend money on the overpriced dog shampoo.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:47 AM
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Location: West Virginia
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My old vets Rule of thumb was soap was soap great for a once or twice a year bath BUT more than that get a dog shampoo. So it really depends on how often you bathe the pooch.
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:54 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Actually, it's not that great. Human skin and dog skin have differences in pH and pet shampoo does take that into account, being gentler on the skin. Also, they do make no-tears pet shampoo!
Exactly. Check out this site. As mild as baby shampoo might be, it's still formulated for human ph levels.

"The first rule of dog bathing is not to use a human shampoo. The pH of dog skin is very different to that of human skin. While our skin has a pH of around 5.5 to 5.6, your dog's skin is much more neutral, averaging a pH of between 6.2 and 7.4.1 Shampoos formulated for humans are much more acidic than those for dogs, and using a human shampoo can upset the balance of a dog's skin."

Dog wash: how to clean your canine | Pet Shed Community
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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Exactly. Check out this site. As mild as baby shampoo might be, it's still formulated for human ph levels.

"The first rule of dog bathing is not to use a human shampoo. The pH of dog skin is very different to that of human skin. While our skin has a pH of around 5.5 to 5.6, your dog's skin is much more neutral, averaging a pH of between 6.2 and 7.4.1 Shampoos formulated for humans are much more acidic than those for dogs, and using a human shampoo can upset the balance of a dog's skin."

Dog wash: how to clean your canine | Pet Shed Community
Yes, but what difference does if human shampoo is more acidic? I really don't think human shampoo will upset a dog's "ph balance." (Conversely, I've used dog shampoo to wash my own hair, and it didn't hurt me any either.) Most dogs don't get baths everyday anyway. And by the way, I put pure vinegar on my scalp all the time -- what's more acidic than that? -- and it doesn't upset my ph balance. Nothing is going to convince me to pay $12 for pet shampoo.
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