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Old 02.06.2009, 22:13
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Dog shampoo recommendation

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I brought my dog to the groomers for a bath / blow dry about a month ago and he ended up with flaky skin a couple of days later. Not sure if the shampoo they used was too strong for my dog's skin.

What do you use to bathe your dogs, if at all?

Appreciate any recommendations for a good dog shampoo for sensitive skin.

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Old 02.06.2009, 22:26
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

Oatmeal shampoo is good for sensitive pooches.
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

I have breeds with a tendency to dry skin, and therefore bathe them as little as possible - shampoos, even gentle moisturizing ones, are not that good for them. Daily brushing to even out the natural oils in their coats is generally all that my guys require.

When a bath is absolutely necessary, I usually use a tea tree based shampoo. Aloe, jojoba or oatmeal (as JL-P suggests) are also soothing. Another option is a puppy shampoo. If the skin is irritated, I'd speak to the vet before using any medicated shampoo.

With mine I try to work the shampoo into the fur only, and lather the skin as little as possible - and rinse many times to ensure no residue is left on the skin. (My guys are long-haired, double coated - heck, it's hard to even find the skin.)

BUT... before treating a skin condition with a shampoo, I look at diet and underlying conditions. Again, this is largely because of known skin sensitivity with my breeds, and with one of mine, an immune system disorder. If my healthy guys' skin starts to get flaky, I add a bit of salmon oil to their diets. Then if the skin continues to look bad, a talk with the vet is usually in order.

Hope your guy feels better soon.

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Old 03.06.2009, 11:42
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

When I had my dog... many moons ago, he got bathes with Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. He loved it, cause he knew that only then was he allowed on the couch with my Mum

You can buy this at the coop at the baby section, it's not the Penatan stuff by the way, it's the original one we all know and love

I am sure the dog owners will roll their eyes, but hey, you are looking for recommendations from experience
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

Thanks for all your replies everyone. Most helpful.

I did a quick walk through at Qualipet but there wasnt much variety. Martec and 8in1 seem to be the only 2 brands on the shelves in Qualipet Sihlcity so far.

These brands do have shampoos for "sensitive skin" but I didnt read the labels close enough to see if they are tea tree / oatmeal based. Shampoos can claim to be for sensitive skin but I dont want to take any chances. I will take a closer look the next time I am there.

Does anyone use any of those brands and have any feedback? Or do I have to travel out of Switzerland to get tea tree / oatmeal based shampoos?
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Or do I have to travel out of Switzerland to get tea tree / oatmeal based shampoos?
No

http://www.sporthunde-shop.ch/produc...roducts_id/473

Also try any good Drogerie (the one in Brunau Park is excellent) - they usually stock a good range of skin-sensitive products

Brunau Park - sort of opposite Sihl City

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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

My beautiful little Coton is pure white.
She’s only a year old and she loves swimming in the lake and getting all
excited and muddy.
As a result, this young lady has needs a bit of a beauty regimen to keep her clean, otherwise she looks quite a sight !

I keep her fur a manageable length but it still gets too many knots. Cotons are like poodles, they don’t shed. I do use a doggie conditioner, and brush her fur but it’s not enough.

Does anybody have any suggestions for a good conditioner that’s not too expensive?
I’d love to hear about home-made solutions and old wives recipes.
Pet products are soooo expensive in general.

Also would you know of a natural but really efficient way of reducing the red stains white dogs get around their eyes and chins?

Thanks so much
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

A friend of mine uses conditioner designed for humans, specifically for Afro hair. Cheaper than dog products and much more efficient according to her. She’s got a bearded collie who requires regular washes, and apparently it works a treat.
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

I use In-Fluence shampoo for long hair dogs, I like it - they have a product for sensitive skin too. https://www.qualipet.ch/p-5261003-in...er-haut-250ml/
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

Actually I’d try to avoid tea tree in products. It’s quite a harsh essential oil. I just use iHerb’s own brand dog shampoo, but I only bathe mine when they’ve rolled in poo or the like. A diluted vinegar rinse can do a lovely conditioning job depending on the type of fur/hair.
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My beautiful little Coton is pure white.
She’s only a year old and she loves swimming in the lake and getting all
excited and muddy.
As a result, this young lady has needs a bit of a beauty regimen to keep her clean, otherwise she looks quite a sight !

I keep her fur a manageable length but it still gets too many knots. Cotons are like poodles, they don’t shed. I do use a doggie conditioner, and brush her fur but it’s not enough.

Does anybody have any suggestions for a good conditioner that’s not too expensive?
I’d love to hear about home-made solutions and old wives recipes.
Pet products are soooo expensive in general.

Also would you know of a natural but really efficient way of reducing the red stains white dogs get around their eyes and chins?

Thanks so much
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

Not much has changed in my dog bathing routine since my 2009 post, other than I no longer use tea tree oil based shampoos.

I still have collies and shelties, dogs who should not be shampoo'd too often due to a breed tendency to very dry skin. Brushing is still my main line of defense.

I've had good results with Landi's own brand shampoo, oatmeal based:
https://www.landi.ch/shop/hundezubeh...g-250-ml_73373
It's about half the price of brands found at pet stores, and seems to do the trick, bearing in mind that mine are only bathed when absolutely necessary, which limits my assessment.

I've also splurged on the Animalology line, bought at Fressnapf - but when I looked for the link to post here I was sad to see that their 'Fox Poo' shampoo, the whole reason I tried the brand in the first place, is out of stock. So fingers crossed Robin learns some self control around the stuff, or it's back to the dreaded tomato bath for him!

As for tear stains:

Apologies for being Captain Obvious, but has the vet ruled out any structural problems with your pup's eyes, or infection, or allergies?

My only experience of this was with Puddle the Poodle, and it turned out that excessive tearing was usually the precursor to a bout of conjunctivitis. Vitamin A salve applied to the affected eye helped, with the occasional AB drops when things got bad. Puddle had black fur, however, so I couldn't see any staining from the tears. I wiped his eyes with a clean damp warm cloth daily, and that seemed to keep the fur around his eyes in good order.

But your pup's tears might be from a completely different cause - and there are many - so best to chat with the vet as a first step, if you have not already done so.

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There are stain removing products, such as these from Meiko:
https://www.meiko.ch/diamond-eye-250ml-de-05611.html
https://www.meiko.ch/trixie-tranenst...-de-05736.html

Caveat: I have never used these so cannot comment on their efficacy or how well tolerated they may be - so consider this info only.


Hope you find a good solution for your pup!



A tip for knotted fur:

Detangling brushes like these work well on most of mine (Heffalump the Haystack excepted) for a first pass, to break up the knots:
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...buerste/770959

A better value: Landi has a similar brush for humans that I use on Robin. It's the only brush that he will accept. Gentle on the skin, gentle on the coat, even his double sheltie coat. The Landi brush for people is half the price of the pet store dog brush, works just as well. Unfortunately I could not find a picture on the Landi website.
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Re: Dog shampoo recommendation

According to the vet there’s no allergy or infection.
It seems to be a white dog ailment.
It doesn’t bother her at all, but I like her to look lovely.
I’ve tried «serum physiologique» for babies, it works well to clean her eyes but doesn’t stop the problem.
(I’m nuts about my pup…. too much I know).

Thanks to all for the great tips 😊🌸
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According to the vet there’s no allergy or infection.
It seems to be a white dog ailment.
It doesn’t bother her at all, but I like her to look lovely.
I’ve tried «serum physiologique» for babies, it works well to clean her eyes but doesn’t stop the problem.
(I’m nuts about my pup…. too much I know).

Thanks to all for the great tips 😊🌸
I noticed this "dog whitening shampoo" sold on amazon.de that received really good reviews:

https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Biosilk-L...6&sr=8-20&th=1

It looks like it's also supposed to be very moisturizing and is good for sensitive skin (no sulfates, is pH-neutral, etc.).
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(I’m nuts about my pup…. too much I know).
No such thing as being too much nuts about our pups.

You little one sounds lovely, in every way.
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