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What Makes a Good Quality Dog Shampoo?

by Geoffrey Wilson on Feb 02, 2015

There are a gazillion different brands of dog shampoo. How can determine the best? There are several indicators that will help you weed out the not so great shampoo. This guide can also help you find the best dog conditioner too!

Yorkie After The Bath With Showseason Dog Shampoo and ConditionerThe first indicator of a good quality dog shampoo will also be the easiest to find. Any company that has a registered name along with unique registered products will usually be better quality. If you see ® which is a universal sign for commercial companies indicates that the chances of the product being good quality are high.  

Another good indicator is the dilution scale. If the dilution scale is not on the bottle then don't buy it! The product without a dilution ratio is usually going to be 1:1 meaning it's already diluted to almost all water. A dilution scale of 10:1 means you only need 1 oz. of dog shampoo or conditioner for every 10 oz. of water. You don't have to dilute the shampoo unless indicated. Using full concentrated shampoo is common because there are the dogs that might want to jump in a big pool of mud at the park!

One of the best indicators of a good dog shampoo or conditioner is a short ingredient label. A lot of dog shampoo manufacturers put their ingredients on the shampoo bottles even though it isn't required by law because of it being an animal product. If you can make out most of the ingredients names with a few being hard to understand, then you probably found a good quality shampoo. Be careful -- not all ingredients are listed since there is no law requiring the company to list ingredients in topical pet products. Ingredients should be listed in order of percentage in the formula. The more ingredients you understand higher up on the ingredients list the better the shampoo. If you come across a ingredient label filled with 20 chemicals you can't pronounce then you might want to reconsider. There are a lot of very helpful ingredients below that are typically the safest.

Here Is a Short List of Cat and Dog Shampoo Ingredients: 

  INSECTICIDAL   Generally used to fight against parasite infestations

 Always Check Label

    Pyrethrin  Kills Fleas & Ticks NO
    Pyrethroids Synthetic Pyrethrin NO
    Carbaryl    NO
  ANTISEBORREHIC   Used for pet with scaled or those with excessively oily coats. Meant to treat or prevent seborrhea oleosa, a condition characterized by excess oils.  Always Check Label
    Salicylic Acid   NO
    Refined Tar   NO
    Sulfur   NO
    Selenium Sulfide    NO
    Benzoyl Peroxide    NO
  ANTIBACTERIAL   Used to treat bacterial infections.  
    Benzoyl Peroxide  


    Chlorhexidine   NO
    Povidone Iodine   NO
    Triclosan   NO
    Ethyl Lactate   NO
    Sulfur   NO
  ANTIFUNGAL   Used to treat Yeast or Ringworm infections.  
    Miconazole    NO
    Chlorhexidine   NO
    Providone Iodine   NO
    Ketoconazole   NO
    Selenium Sulfide   NO
  ANTIPRURITIC   Intended to provide relief of itching due to conditions such as atopy and other allergies. These ingredients are used to reduce inflammation, help cure the condition and ease the symptoms all while providing comfort to the troubled areas.  
    Colloidal Oatmeal    YES
    Hydro-cortisone    NO
    Aloe Vera   YES
    Pramoxine Hydrochloride   NO
    Menthol   NO
    Diphenhydramine   NO
    Sulfur   NO
    Salicylic Acid   NO
  EMOLLIENT   Efficient in adding oils to the skin and relieving the symptoms of a dry and itchy skin. The emollient shampoos are typically used with emulsifiers as they help distribute the active ingredients.  
    Almond Oil    YES
    Corn Oil   YES
    Cottonseed Oil   YES
    Coconut Oil   YES
    Olive Oil   YES
    Peanut Oil    YES
    Safflower Oil   YES
    Sesame Oil   YES
    Lanolin Oil    YES
    Mineral Oil   YES
    Paraffin Oil   NO
    Cetyl Alcohol Any number of additives that encourage the suspension of one liquid in another typically used for mixing oil and water.  
    Laureth-5    YES
    Lecithin   YES
    PEG-4   YES
    Stearic Acid   YES
    Carboxylic Acid   YES
    Lactic Acid   YES
    Urea   YES
    Sodium Lactate   YES
    Propylene Glycol   Controversial
    Glycerin    YES


Dog Shampoo Ingredient Sources: 

Salicylic Acid
Refined Tar
Selenium Sulfide
Benzoyl Peroxide
Povidone Iodine
Ethyl Lactate
Providone Iodine
Selenium Sulfide
Colloidal Oatmeal
Aloe Vera
Pramoxine Hydrochloride
Salicylic Acid
Almond Oil
Corn Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Peanut Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Lanolin Oil
Mineral Oil
Paraffin Oil
Cetyl Alcohol
PEG-4 Dilaurate
Stearic Acid
Carboxylic Acid
Lactic Acid
Sodium Lactate
Propylene Glycol

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