Safest way to wash dog?

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  1. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    What is the safest shampoo? I use Baby Shampoo as it smells good and gets the job done. What do you feel is the safest shampoo?
     
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    Any dog shampoo from the pet store is safe for the most part. As with any critter, the main thing that you have to watch for is allergic reactions to the product. Increased itching after bathing, rashes, ect.

    Make sure that you rinse thoroughly, any shampoo residue can cause skin irritation. And be extra careful around the eyes, nose, ears and groin. Getting soapy water into an opening can cause infections.
     
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    gaddylovesdogs no touchy

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    Valkie gave you some good info. I've heard of using baby shampoo, but so far I stick to dog shampoo.
     
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    Mine get baby shampoo or even on occasion end up getting shampooed and conditioned with one of my organics I use on my own hair, lol. When I use a flea shampoo in the warm months I always use one with Neem instead of any other flea killing agent. The others make my hands and arms itch for days afterward, so I can imagine how harsh they are on the dogs' skin!

    A mild conditioner after shampooing will help ensure that no soap residue stays on your dog's skin.
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    i always use a washcloth for around the muzzle, eyes, and ears..that way i never get soap in their eyes. We use the tub and nice warm water for Mary to soak her arthritic bones in. I always use conditioner too (the same as mine) so the soap will not dry out the coat and they smell good too. I have to wash my dogs often because of allergies and it doesn't seem to bother them a bit, plus my house never gets the doggy odor.
     
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    I use Baby shampoo
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    we like suave...all those different choices you know...my dogs smell so good. I think rinsing completely is the most important part, as long as all the soap is rinsed out it shouldn't make any difference in the condition of their skin.
     
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    I too use baby shampoo the johnson & johnson one. at first i don't think i used any kind of conditioner :D .. but after reading a few boards, i used pantene pro-v conditioner on my puppies.. no allergic reactions, rashes.. hair is soft and smells gooood.. :)
     
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    I use puppy shampoo, my 2 westies seem to like it
     
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    we used baby shampoo on our Shih Tzu when he was younger than 12 weeks. we just bought some moisterizing doggy shampoo at the store the other day, but we've to busy to give him his weekly bath. its been about two weeks now. but he goes to the groomer for the first time on Sat. he needs the hair around his eyes trimed real bad. my wife usually tires to do it every other bath but its gotten to long and its getting in his eyes, making them tear up and stain his face.
     
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    Baby shampoo is actually one of the harshest on the market, right up their with prell. People use it because it has something in it that keeps the sting out of the eyes. No body believes me when i say this, but i do have to wash my dogs every other day iin the summer and at least once a week in the winter because after so much exposure from the kennels i developed acute allergies. Mary is as sleek as a seal and Victor's skin is positively healthy. We have no dandruff or dry coat. I use suave shampoo making very sure i rinse completely all soap from the coat, and then i use pantene just cause i like the way it makes them shine and smell good as well. Clipping nails is great after the bath too for they are softer. I use a washcloth on the muzzle and face, so i never but never get soap in their eyes. And i add a bit of bluing to the water to make Victor Dazzle....before we use the pantene.
     
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    We use some special brand I bought from our groomer's. I bought it for Smokey b/c it was the only thing that would keep the odor off him for a while. Now I'm still using it on Carey. It smells really good. It just always seemed like when we got Smokey groomed he stayed smelling better for longer than regular shampoo. We did use baby shampoo for a while too with no bad effects.
     
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    I also use a shampoo I bought at the groomer's. I believe it is Mink Sheen, by Touch-of-Mink. It's a shampoo, conditioner, bug-repellant, and something else I'm forgetting all in one. It smells nice and works nice, but plain ol' dish soap is just as dandy. (And less expensive)
     
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    Safest way to wash dog?
    Wash the dog while wearing a swimsuit; the dog is not the only one going to get wet. :D I wash my puppy with regular dog shampoo mixed with some type of flea shampoo made of orange extract.
     
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    i just use sauve...and a good conditioner that is for people. I have to wash my dogs every couple days...just make sure u rinse well..we have no dry coat, or dry skin either..just shine and good smelling canines here. Even Shaffer had his bath this morning ..and he looks marvalous!
     

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