Can I use shampoo to wash my dog?

asked 2017-03-31 18:05:47 -0500

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answered 2017-03-31 20:11:57 -0500

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

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answered 2017-03-31 20:10:26 -0500

You can, but definitely shouldn't.

Dogs have skin that is much different that ours--not just in obvious ways, like the lack of sweat glands, but more notably in the pH levels. Dogs have a higher skin pH than we do. Human shampoo, which has a higher acidity, messes with the balance of a pup's skin. It has a likelihood of drying the skin out a bit, which means stripping natural oils away, which means stripping a pooch's natural defense barrier against disease and infection away.

Do the respectful thing and spend a few dollars more to get a shampoo specifically designed for your best friend. You will sleep better--and so will he. :)

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