A dog’s skin is different from that of humans. A dog’s skin has a higher PH level. However, both skins have similar growth cycles, thus requiring proper care and grooming. Due to the differences in composition, they require using products only made for their skin type.
Wash your pet with shampoo and conditioner only designed for them to protect and maintain the skin. Most veterinary formula dog conditioners are designed using various cosmetic grade cleaning agents that are optional. They are intended to provide a gentle cleaning action to the dog without damaging the skin or irritating the body.
Most shampoos and conditioners are manufactured in consideration to the skin’s pH. Therefore, selecting a product with the correct blend of ingredients will promote adequate lather, ease when rinsing and thus will enhance the general health of the skin and coat.
If the skin and coat of your dog do not look healthy, it is advisable to talk to veterinary dermatologists to advise on the right shampoo and conditioner. It is possible for every pet to have an attractive, healthy coat but the first step is using the correct products for its skin type.
For dogs with normal skin, requirements are minimal. Choose a conditioner with a balanced pH level designed for cleaning and shining the skin. Most products are labeled all- purpose if they are meant for dogs with normal skin. However, even though they are labeled, it is also best to choose one that is made from natural ingredients such as calendula, oatmeal, or chamomile. Products manufactured from natural ingredients work well with normal skin and are sufficient to maintain a healthy skin.
Dry skin appears dull and can be as a result of health problems or environmental concerns. Dogs with challenges need specific therapies, but they also benefit from moisturizing skin and coat conditioners. Shampoos and conditioners with emollient ingredients like silk, oat protein, wheat, and safflower oil reduce the brittle nature of the skin. Moisturizing the skin using these products rebuilds the damaged coat and maintain a smooth surface. Also, conditioners with added humectants such as glycerin ensure the skin retains moisture thus reducing the strain on the skin.
Itchy or damaged skin
Just like humans, some dogs skin is sensitive and affected by allergies. A dog can have hot spots, skin infections, and suffer from seasoned allergies or fleas. Either of these conditions can be severe and cause serious health challenges to the skin and coat of the pet. If the dog is itchy, it can benefit from a conditioner that contains hydrocortisone and oat protein. These ingredients reduce the itching feeling and also protects it from damage. For sensitive skin avoid using multiple products and only concentrate on those that are designed to maintain a clean and smooth coat. We suggest reading medicated dog shampoo reviews to ensure there are no adverse reactions for your pet. For sensitive skin use conditioners that have no dye (or are labeled dye free or fragrance free). Most doctors also recommend using products that contain chlorhexidine and have an antiseptic ability.
Smelly skin and coat
Dogs have different skin based on their breed and type of hair. The coat can be oilier than normal, or the skin may have skin problems that give off an odor. Whatever the cause of the bad odor, conditioners with additional vegetable protein can help in removing the offending smell. However, if the odor is as a result of bacteria or yeast, use products with chlorhexidine.
Puppies have more sensitive skin and coat than adult dogs. They are not used to regular bathing. For these reasons, be sure to use conditioners specifically meant for puppies. Carefully check the label on the product to ensure it is designed for your pet and have a tearless formula to ensure bath time is not a painful experience.