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Newbie here- can i wash my dog with my shampoo or soap ?

Discussion in 'Dogs - small breeds (toy) specific' started by Mocca, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Mocca

    Mocca New Member

    i just got a maltipoo dog. its one and half year old
    can i wash him with my shampoo or soap ?
  2. Shineillusion

    Shineillusion New Member

    I'm a dog groomer with over 30 years experience. I also worked for a large pharmacutical company for 2 years, with the chemists and veterinary dermatologists who develop, among other things, dog shampoos.

    So it will probably come as a surprise when I say YES, you can use human shampoo on dogs. But do dilute it first. About a tablespoon of shampoo to a gallon of warm water should do the trick. Apply it to dry coat, let it soak about 5 minutes, then rinse, rinse, rinse. When you think you have it all rinsed out, rinse again.

    There's nothing magical about dog shampoo. They draw from the same chemicals to make dog shampoo as they do to make human shampoo. And contrary to what people (and dog shampoo manufacturers) will tell you, there's little difference.

    That pH thing? Not all that important. Shampoo is mixed with a great deal of water. The pH of water varies by area. No one ever suggest testing the pH of your water, now do they? Why do you suppose that is? Because it's not that important. A spoonful of shampoo in a gallon of water isn't going to change the pH of the water to any great significance.

    The whole "Dog skin has a different pH than human skin, so you have to use dog shampoo" is simply a marketing ploy meant to seperate you from your hard earned cash. True, dog skin tends to have a higher pH than human skin. But the pH of dog skin also varies by breed. German Shepherds have the highest, Labs the lowest. But dog shampoos are not marketed with the disclaimer "DO NOT USE ON GERMAN SHEPHERDS" or "DO NOT USE ON LABRADOR RETRIEVERS" simply because the pH of shampoo is not all that important.

    And having worked with the folks who manufacture this stuff, you might say I have this straight from the horse's mouth.
  3. Mocca

    Mocca New Member

    Thanks for the reply :y_the_best:
    its really help
  4. jcarilyn

    jcarilyn New Member

    I use baby shampoo on mine, and that seems to work pretty good. I have 2 Shih Tzu's who think they are farm animals, and they get pretty dirty, so they need a bath every week. I've tried some of the ones at Petco and other places, as well as the products you have to order online. I think the baby shampoo works the best, and then it doesn't bother their eyes if it gets in there.

  5. zarate

    zarate New Member

    This is a grea piece of information to know, great question....and what an informative answer :mrgreen:
  6. candy_kisses

    candy_kisses New Member

    ~It may be okay to use human shampoo on short hair dogs but I find it too hard on my long haired dogs. I use dog shampoo but even my vet said it is okay to use human condition which is a MUST on my Pom and my Shorkie. Also makes them smell SUPER good~
  7. Shineillusion

    Shineillusion New Member

    Try Pantene ProV on your long haired dogs sometime. We use it on the full coated Cockers when we get them ready for shows. It does a super job, isn't harsh, and leaves the beautifully conditioned.

    The number one problem people have with shampoo, human or dog, is not getting it rinsed out. Human shampoo really needs to be diluted before you use it, or it's darned difficult to really get it rinsed. We have a rule at our grooming shop: If the water running off the dog's belly and ears doesn't look like you could put it in a glass and drink it, he's not rinsed well enough.

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