Anyone who owns a dog KNOWS they are not JUST pets. Heavens no; these four legged fur babies are our “KIDS”!
We brag about them, show pictures, and worry about them when they don’t feel good. And, what do we want for our kids, well, we want the very best.
Those poor folks who live life without a dog think we are crazy. They say, “for Petes’ sake (whoever Pete is) they are just dogs. What! How can you say that about our babies. These fur babies are so precious to us.
So with all that in mind, I want to talk today about something I think is important. I want to talk about a handmade dog shampoo bar and why I recommend using such a product.
UNDERSTAND THE WHY
Just like some humans, fur babies can be sensitive to different skin products. Usually we choose a liquid shampoo specifically for our dogs, but some will just grab the dish soap or hair shampoo from the shower. Big NO NO, and here is why.
The skin of a dog has an acid mantle that protects the dog from bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can affect the comfort and health of the dog. Once this acid mantle is disrupted, bacteria can take over and cause the dog to smell. Unfortunately, we would naturally want to bathe the dog again to get rid of the stinky dog smell. This would be a mistake.
What comes from washing a dog often with the wrong shampoo is a problem. This problem gets worse since the pH level of the skin is out of balance. Plus, the wrong shampoo will dry out the skin and your poor fur baby will begin to scratch, perhaps so hard it will break skin and allow more bacteria to grow.
For those of you who don’t know a lot about chemistry, you may be wondering what exactly is pH and how does it matter when talking about dog or human skin. And what exactly does it have to do with dog shampoo or soap.
First of all, the pH ranking tells us how acidic or how alkaline something is and is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. The lower the pH number, the more acidic; the higher the pH, the more alkaline something is.
Your dog’s skin is alkaline, which means it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria if the pH is disrupted. So even a small scratch can cause horrific discomfort for our fur baby. Basically, we don’t want our dogs to scratch and we don’t want to use a shampoo or detergent that will leave the skin stripped of its acidic mantle which is a protective shield for our dogs.
Humans in comparison to dogs are acidic. Since we know now that the pH number ranks on a scale of 0 to 14 with acidic levels being on the low side and alkaline levels being on the high side, we can see that human products will never benefit our dogs. Simply speaking, our shampoos and soaps will damage the acidic mantle of the dog. Don’t use, human products on dogs… EVER.
CONTROL THE INGREDIENTS
“The Perfect pH Balanced, Kind To The Skin, Moisture Enriching Bar Of Soap That You Will Most Likely Always Use On Your Dog During Bath Time.”
Not only do I like to control the ingredients of my soaps, I prefer a solid bar to the liquid soaps for dogs. Personally I find that using the soap bar is more conservative. I find less waste. Just rub the bar into your fur baby’s wet coat, massage and rinse.
You might like to have a fresh scent for our dog and that is always good, but remember some dogs, just like people, have sensitive skin. Pick a bar soap that is lightly scented or unscented.
Citronella and Lavender essential oils are favorites as they often repel the fleas and mosquitoes.
My favorite soap bar for dogs is made with olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil. The olive oil is very gentle and moisturizing while the coconut oil will lend to a nice lathering bar. The coconut oil also makes the bar harder and longer lasting. Adding the tea tree oil will add antibacterial qualities to the soap and distract mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.
I would advise you stay away from commercial products that are mass-produced as they often use detergents and other harsh chemicals. If you can’t pronounce the name of the ingredient, it may not be what you want on your dog. Definitely look for bar soaps that include natural ingredients.
The wonderful thing about using a handmade dog shampoo bar is that you only have to rub your pup down then begin the massage. With the liquid shampoo soap, I always use too much and spend a lot of time applying, rubbing, applying, rubbing.
A good natural soap bar for dogs is easy to work with and you won’t need to add a conditioner as the Olive Oil will provide plenty of moisture to the coat of your fur baby.
Have fun with the bath. Playtime and massage will encourage your dog to enjoy his bath time.
I have two large dogs, Buddy and Holly, who both enjoy their time with the bath. Both are rescue dogs and Holly had been abused with a towel so bath time was so scary for Her. Now she loves playing and getting her soap massage.
I hope I have given you some new information that you can use when making choices for your fur babies. They are ever as sensitive as us. Knowing that human products are not healthy for them is the best knowledge I can share with you. Be kind to them as they love us unconditionally.
If you would like to discuss anything I have talked about today, please feel free to comment below.
Happy In Bubbles