If you are not sure what type of products are best for your animal, please read this Article that explains how to find the best pet shampoo.


Common Types

There are a lot of misconceptions about what dog shampoo to use and why. Here is a list of the main varieties of shampoo used today.

  • Medicated 
  • Flea & Tick 
  • Whitening / Color Enhancing 
  • De-Shedding
  • Deodorizing
  • Waterless
  • Conditioning
Medicated shampoo is a type of dog shampoo used for more than one scenario and can be used for allergy/itch relief, deodorizing and a healing shampoo. The active ingredients help with skin issues on the coat. Check for active ingredients like Chlorhexidine or Tea Tree Oil. 
Flea & Tick Shampoo
This type of shampoo deals with fleas and ticks immediately. There are some types of flea and tick shampoos that have flea preventative but the effectiveness is low compared to the latest flea topical. Some flea and tick shampoos contain pesticides and some are pesticide free. Whatever you choose is a personal preference but the main misconception is that flea shampoo is a preventative rather than a pre-treatment.
Whitening or Color Enhancing
Whitening shampoo is a common color enhancing product that usually appears to be blue in color. Most contain optical whiteners that help light bounce off the fur more efficiently creating an optical illusion of a bright-white coat. 
This type of shampoo loosens hair follicles and moisturize the skin. Once the follicle is loosened, the hairs are able the be stripped out while leaving the healthy behind. Over time, this process will reduce shedding which can take a few weeks to half a year depending on the breed. It is important to use a proper breed-specific de-shedding tool in combination with de-shedding shampoo to get maximum results.
This contains special odor grabbing agents instead of extra fragrance. Typically, this type of shampoo is used as a pre-wash. You will want to follow up with a stronger smelling shampoo like Papaya or Sugar Cookie to add a scent that will last. Follow with a good conditioner like Chrome Coat.
Waterless shampoo is applied via towelette or wet washcloth without the use of water. Great for quick cleanups and in-between baths so you don't have to go through the full bathing process. Also great for cleaning cats!
Conditioning shampoos usually contain moisturizers like silk protein, lanolin, jojoba oil, olive oil and many other types of oil. This type of shampoo is usually referred to a 2 in 1 shampoo. A conditioner can be applied after but it is optional depending on the condition of the coat.