Pet dogs also require a bath at regular intervals. Many people use the dog shampoos that are sold in the stores. However, it is not advisable to wash the body of the dog using the commercial shampoos. The dog has a very sensitive skin and application of chemical based shampoos may cause itching and various types of discomforts. The commonly available dog shampoos are made of chemical ingredients like SLS, SLES, PEG, etc. These chemicals can cause skin irritation, damage to the eyes and diarrhea. Using homemade natural dog shampoo is the best solution to this problem. The dog can be kept clean as well as healthy by way of providing occasional bath using natural shampoos containing mild ingredients. They are comparatively cheaper and prevent all types of side effects.
Adjusting the pH
While making the shampoo for the dog at home, proper care is to be taken in balancing the pH. The skin pH of dogs normally varies within the range 6 – 8.5. Hence a shampoo with a lower pH can cause skin irritation. The ingredients that have a pH around 7 are ideal for making shampoos for the dog. The pH level of any product can be found out from its label. A more acidic shampoo may cause skin irritation to the dog. While mixing alkaline ingredients like baking soda with acidic ingredients like vinegar the pH can be adjusted using water which has a neutral pH of 7.
Avoid harsh chemicals
The shampoo for the dog need not be prepared using chemical ingredients. The shampoo made as per the natural recipe is the best for the dog. Apple cider vinegar is an ideal ingredient in dog shampoo. Apple cider vinegar also acts as a fly repellent. Baby shampoo is also ideal for dogs. In order to keep the dog’s skin healthy and soft a little glycerin can be added in the shampoo for the dog. In order to make the dog refreshed and make it to smell a few drops of essential oils can be added to the dog shampoo. It can be orange, lemon, lavender or rose oil. Lavender essential oil can keep the fleas away. The essential oil can be selected after consulting the veterinary doctor also.
Ensure a comfortable bath
Prior to bathing half a cup of dry baking soda may be sprinkled over the body of the dog. The powder may be rubbed in and then a brushing can be applied. This will help to get rid of the odors. After wetting the dog with water the shampoo may be applied and lather it up. The entire body must be scrubbed including the toes. Eyes, ears, nose and mouth should not be scrubbed. The face of the dog may be cleaned using a damp wash cloth separately. After the scrubbing, water may be poured for a thorough lathering and then for a final rinse. The first wetting followed by lathering with the shampoo is sufficient to remove all the dirt from the dog’s body. The body will be perfectly clean with the final rinse.
The natural dog shampoo that is available in the market is quite expensive. Homemade natural dog shampoo is more affordable as well as effective.