Not all shampoos were created equal. As harmless as it may seem to use our own shampoo on our pets – after all, they use our beds, eat our food and steal our spot on the couch – human shampoo is too harsh for animals. The shampoo we use is specifically formulated for our skin, and our skin’s pH levels are more acidic than that of our pets’. Using human shampoo on our furry friends can thus cause their skin to dry out and become irritated, red and even flaky… not so furry after all! To better understand the types of pet shampoos available, we take a look at the different formulas and their beneficial – or detrimental – effects on your pets.Source: PetMD
You don’t have to know every ingredient listed on the back of the bottle, the rule of thumb is to keep it simple! If you can’t pronounce the ingredient list, it’s probably a chemical that may be harmful to your pet. Instead, opt for shampoos with natural ingredients such as oatmeal, aloe vera, herbal proteins, vitamins and citrus extracts.Artificial colours Source: Marthastewart
Avoid dyes and colourants that present your pet’s shampoo in colours such as blue and pink. A natural shampoo should be clear, opaque white or light yellow. Many synthetic colour additives are made of coal tar, which can cause allergic reactions, migraines, hyperactivity and even tumours.Harmful antimicrobial chemicals
Here is where we get a little geeky, but it is important to be aware of these next few ingredients. Stearalkonium chloride is an antimicrobial and surfactant found in shampoos that may lead to skin and eye irritations, or more serious side effects such as hypertension and ill effects on the brain and organs. Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulphate are ingredients also commonly used in cosmetic products as a form of detergent, however can lead to severe mouth and eye irritation, and can even injure tissue permanently! If you spot any of these ingredients in your pet’s shampoo bottle, throw it out and replace it with one that uses olive oil, coconut oil and other natural fatty oils.Artificial fragrances Source: PetMD
Lastly, avoid shampoos with fragrances or perfumes derived from chemicals. While there are shampoos that can combat the unpleasant odours that come with our pets digging around in garbage cans and rolling around the yard, artificial fragrances only mask the odours temporarily, and furthermore can cause allergies, headaches, nausea, and reactions such as rashes and peeling on pets with especially sensitive skin. Look for a deodorizing shampoo made of organic essential oils that eliminate the odours instead of simply masking them.Go natural
Natural oils, minerals and vitamins are a great all-rounder for solving fur tangles, lackluster coats and skin conditions without the harmful side effects that chemicals have on your beloved furkids. If you are ever unsure about the right shampoo for your furry friend, you can always approach a vet clinic in Singapore for consultations and recommendations. Never compromise on the quality of your pet’s shampoo to save money – these daily decisions to benefit your pet pals will go a long way!