Why You Should Never Use Human Shampoo on Dogs

Smelly dogs stink. But with so many different grooming products on the market, you may be left wondering if you can just use human shampoo on your pup. The short answer is no. You should never use people's shampoo on your dog. But there's more to it than that.


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Dog's Coat pH is Different.

Dogs have a different pH level than we do. Furthermore, human shampoo is designed to be used on human hair and scalp and will have a different pH than a dog's skin needs. Using human shampoo on a dog can strip away the protective oils from their skin and lead to dry, itchy skin. Not overwashing, as some people believe.

When it comes to using shampoo on dogs, it's essential to use a product designed specifically for their coat pH. Dog shampoo with the proper pH balance will not damage your dog's skin and help keep their coat looking healthy and shiny no matter how often you wash them.

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If you're looking for a shampoo that will help reduce your dog's itchy skin, you should consider using a pH-balanced dog shampoo. Many owners noticed a reduction in allergy symptoms when they started using a pH-balanced dog shampoo.

Can I Use Baby Shampoo?

Sadly this is still a hard no. Even natural or gentle shampoos that are made for humans can easily damage your dog's skin.

This also goes for brands like Dove that claim to be gentle or even additive-free. At the end of the day, these formulas are not made with your dog's unique skin pH levels in mind.

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Why Do Skin pH Levels Matter?

Dogs' skin pH levels play a crucial role in their overall health. A dog's skin should have a pH level between 5 and 7. When a dog's skin pH level falls outside this range, it can lead to serious health problems. For example, if a dog's skin pH level is too alkaline, it can cause skin irritation, dryness, and inflammation.

One of the most important things you can do for your dog's skin and coat is to maintain their pH levels. By having the right shampoo, you can keep your pup feeling great.

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What Other Shampoo is Safe for Dogs in a Pinch?

While you should always have a good stock of shampoo for your dog on hand, we keep ours next to the toilet paper. Sometimes things happen. We've all been there when the backyard turns into the mud bowl 500. So here are some safe options you can use in a pinch.

Dawn dish soap. Because it's used on wildlife, this soap is about the only one that is safe enough to be used. However, we don't recommend using this unless it’s an emergency. Furthermore, it can also be used to help with fleas without using harsh shampoo chemicals if you cannot find one. But again, if your dog has any current skin conditions it can make them worse

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A dog getting a bath from their family.

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Final Thoughts

Using human shampoo on dogs can be dangerous to their health, and it's essential to use a dog-specific shampoo with the correct pH balance to maintain your pup's skin health.

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