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Dog Shampoo and Understanding “Natural” Dog Shampoo Ingredients
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Reading labels is so important in our lives and our pets’ lives. It’s not about the front of the package or a brand’s advertising campaigns. In the case of pet grooming products, you may see a lot of pet grooming brands state things such as, “no artificial fragrance,” “no sulfates,” “no parabens,” “no polysorbates,” or similar claims. Those are all great things to avoid in a dog or cat grooming product. However, that doesn’t mean the product doesn’t include another ingredient you should avoid.
It’s about reading the ingredient panel. If I’m purchasing a product for my pet that has ingredients (pet food, grooming products, pet dental products, etc.) the very first thing I do is flip over the product and read the ENTIRE ingredient panel. I need to know exactly what’s inside a product, so I can make my determination if it’s a product I feel safe and comfortable using with Dexter or Nutter. If there is not an ingredient panel, back on the shelf it goes!
How to Understand a Pet Grooming Product Label
I’m not a chemist, nor do I expect a pet parent to understand what they are reading on a pet product label. However, that doesn’t mean I’m off the hook at figuring it all out. My pets count on me to find the answers and to make the safest decisions for them.
The Internet is your friend! When I’m looking at a new grooming product, the first place I visit is The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database website. They have an amazing search function where you can input an ingredient hit search, and it will provide you with a summary of the ingredient and a safety rating. For the most part, EWG’s database provides me with all the information I need to make my decision. However, if an ingredient does not turn up any results, my next step is a general Internet search. I tend to type the ingredient name then “side effects” or “toxicity” and read up on the ingredient.
Top 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Pet’s Grooming Products
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)-Links to cancer, stomach disorder, loss of memory, and immune dysfunction.
- Polysorbates (20, 40, 60, 80)-Organ system toxicity, commonly contaminated with the cancer-causing 1,4-dioxane.
- Propylene Glycol- Liver and kidney toxin, skin irritant (skin, eyes, lungs), contact dermatitis, and organ system toxicity.
- Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, TEA, Lauryl Sulfate, MEA)-Organ system toxicity, skin irritations, may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.
- Parabens- Preservatives that are known endocrine disrupters; elevated estrogens can cause cancers of the uterus, bladder, and breast.
Now, remember, those listed above are just my top 5. There tend to be more harmful ingredients used vs. good ingredients, so don’t forget to read the entire label.
When it comes to toxic grooming ingredients, there really isn’t a reason they need to be inside my pet’s product. There are enough pet grooming products that are truly nontoxic that I don’t see the need to use unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals on my pets.
I know you want to hop over to EWG’s database and start with the first ingredient on your pet’s shampoo and work your way all the way down the list. Did you find any ingredients that weren’t in the green? If so, check out 4-Legger’s line of organic pet grooming products. Your pet will thank you.
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