Can I use regular shampoo on my dog?

asked 2017-03-27 12:14:46 -0500

I use a standard shampoo on my hair, and have been using it on my dog as well. Is this safe for her? Her coat and skin doesn't seem to be reacting to it.

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I have always been told by my Vet that human shampoo is not good for dogs. Not good for their skin nor does it get them as clean as a Dog Shampoo does. Go to Pet Smart and ask what is good to bathe your dog with.

JoAnne G.'s profile imageJoAnne G. ( 2017-04-15 14:23:07 -0500 )edit

I usually use baby shampoo since it is made for sensitive skin and is tear free as well.

Geselle C.'s profile imageGeselle C. ( 2017-07-06 14:20:30 -0500 )edit

I try not to use human shampoo on my dogs. Human shampoo has a lot of fragrances and usually smells like fruit, so some insects are more prone to bother my dogs.

Michelle D.'s profile imageMichelle D. ( 2017-08-02 15:15:20 -0500 )edit

No. Human shampoo is to high in sufides. However, Johnson n johnson baby shampoo is mild enough to use

Rachel C.'s profile imageRachel C. ( 2017-08-02 16:11:20 -0500 )edit

I always use Dr Bonners liquid Soap .. its pure and rinses out quickly.

Stephen S.'s profile imageStephen S. ( 2017-08-02 16:22:08 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-03-27 22:42:30 -0500

In addition to different pH levels, it also likely contains chemicals that are not safe for dogs whether absorbed by fur, skin, or later ingested through licking. Use a dog shampoo.

The most recent link posted even states in the summary: "There are good reasons to use a good pet shampoo on dogs: Shampoos formulated for canine hair are designed to clean well and are often geared toward specific jobs or coat types..."

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answered 2019-07-16 20:02:24 -0500

as a certified professional groomer i do not recommend using human shampoo on dogs it could dry out his skin or cause an allergic reaction. i only use products made for dogs and try to go the more natural route if possible.

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answered 2017-03-27 15:01:08 -0500

The most common reason not to use human shampoo on a dog is that dogs have different pH levels than humans. Purchase a dog shampoo

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Dogs have higher pH level than humans, their skin is more alkaline. Dog shampoos are made for their skin and coat.

N Lee G.'s profile imageN Lee G. ( 2017-08-02 17:50:11 -0500 )edit
answered 2017-07-10 14:16:30 -0500

Hi, But the human shampoo can be harmful for animal's skin. I remember when I was searching essay help in the Internet I stumbled upon the article. In this article vet explained why people should wash their pet with special shampoo.

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answered 2017-03-27 14:18:15 -0500

I myself have never used human shampoo on any of my dogs. From what I have read and been told that human shampoo has a much higher acidic ph than dog shampoo which can effect their skin. It can be drying, irritating, and also have perfumes in them that are no good for your dog. It is best to use a shampoo that is designed especially for dogs... Of course in a pinch when you are out of dog shampoo It would not hurt, but not to use for the long run..

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answered 2017-03-30 08:17:38 -0500

So, I am a firm believer that when comes to Q&A forums I better make darn sure I know what I am talking about before giving advice on a subject because I would never want my advice to backfire and hurt or mame in this case people or their pets. I feel its my obligation not to put info out there without my expert in depth knowledge or experience because people are seeking real answers. I will not claim to be an expert on this subject and I certainly am not sure if any of the posters are either when it comes to this question or any other questions on this forum for that matter. But what I have found is an article which includes a lot of the science that I believe can help guide you with a detailed answer. Please click on this link http://groomblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-ph-of-pet-human-shampoos.html (http://groomblog.blogspot.com/2012/09...) . This is where I read about the science including the variables one must factor in about pH levels in shampoos and levels in humans and canines. Its not necessarily a simple question to answer, but with the info on that link you will be better able to understand why and BUST a lot of those myths that keep getting passed around. All in all, when it comes to your pet's health I would always seek out the advice of a reputable and trusted vet not an online Q&A board where anyone can post an unsubstantiated opinion. Yeah, for me (if you haven't noticed by now) its all about being loyal to the dog! Hope that helps! Good luck! Christina, Dog Gone Happy, Milford, PA

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I usually have my dog bathed, groomed, and nail done professionally. I do have canine oatmeal shampoo for emergencies, and my emergency was I ran out of shampoo so I used Gracie's. My hair was really clean, soft and manageable. Wish I could find that shampoo for human hair.

Judith T.'s profile imageJudith T. ( 2017-08-02 20:09:23 -0500 )edit

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