Every paw-rent wants their furkids to smell good – why wouldn’t they? This is why when it comes to choosing the right shampoo, many of us tend to prioritise the scent first, followed by the benefits.

Pet shampoos usually cost more than human shampoos, and this is because there are added properties to help balance their skin’s pH levels.

Time Will Tell

You may use human shampoos on your pooch, but it is best not to since their skin’s pH levels are higher than that of humans. Human shampoos contain harsh chemicals that may harm your pooch’s beautiful skin and coat, which is something we all try to avoid.

The effects may not be immediate, but it will show over time.

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with levels less than 6.4 is considered high acidity, and levels more than 6.4 considered as high alkalinity. Humans have a normal range of 5.2 to 6.2, which leans towards the acidic side.

Your dog, on the other hand, has pH levels of 5.5 to 7.5, which falls towards the alkaline side.

Since our furry pals have more sensitive skin than ours, human shampoos tend to dry their skin out, resulting in flaky and itchy skin. Yikes!

Read The Label

To pick a suitable one, you would first need to know if your pup suffers from any pre-existing skin conditions and to select the shampoo that would help alleviate this problem.

Reading the labels on canine shampoos is important too! Look out for all-natural, organic ingredients as these tend to restore Fido’s natural skin balance more quickly than shampoos with chemical components.

Fragrances such as lavender, peppermint oil, or eucalyptus help to replenish skin oils, and work great as insect repellents too.

Though these shampoos can sometimes be quite costly, they are great for our precious pups in the long run. A bottle can usually last for about six months, plus with the added benefits, we say that pet shampoos are definitely worth it!

*This article was updated on 26 Oct 2020. It first appeared in PetsMagazine.com.sg on 23 Jun 2016.