Ok, I don’t know about you, but my dogs can just get themselves more muddier than I could ever imagine! I’ve gone through so many different kinds of dog shampoo over the years trying to keep them looking presentable! Here’s my thoughts on the best dog shampoo around at the moment, there’s a few different types in here so depending on what you’re looking for – sensitive, flea, even dry shampoo – hopefully there will be a good dog shampoo to help you.
A note on choosing the best shampoo for dogs – I always check the reviews on Amazon to see what others have gone for (all my links will take you there) and go for well reputed brands. It goes without saying though that all dogs are different and have different skin so it might take a while to find something that you get on with. If they have sensitive skin be extra careful or go for a natural brand.
Best dog shampoo – a good all rounder
Groom Professional Baby Fresh Shampoo
When we was our dogs it’s to get them clean right? But what we also secretly want is for them to come out smelling wonderful and just like they stepped out of the grooming parlour. Well if you’re the same, you’re in luck as this is really the best smelling dog shampoo I’ve found – I love it! It smells just like baby powder and lasts for a good few days after the bath.
It’s actually used by lots of professional groomers and it’s a great all round shampoo that’s suitable from all dogs and for puppies from 8 weeks old. For the price you’re getting an excellent shampoo and it can last a long time (depending on the size and likelihood of muddiness of your dog!) – the bottle is a little on the small side if I’m honest, but again that might be fine for you if you have a smaller dog and they also do a bulk size bottle too if you like it.You can see the reviews of this product and the latest price on Amazon here.
Best dog shampoo for sensitive skin
If you have a dog with itchy skin and who seems to be sensitive to all sorts then a good anti-bacterial shampoo might be worth trying – obviously if you’re worried about it seek out vet advice as well.
Aqueos Anti-bacterial dog shampoo
This dog shampoo by Aqueos is a really good option for soothing skin irritations in dogs and I know how hard it is to see them scratch so much – we just want to find something to stop the annoyance and sooth it.
It’s really gentle yet it kills fungus, bacteria and also viruses. There’s also a deodorising aspect to it as well so if you have a dog that likes to roll around in really stinky things then it’s great for getting rid of that long lasting smell too.You can see more reviews on Amazon here.
Best dry shampoo for dogs
Pet Head Dry Clean Waterless Spray Shampoo
Oh my, this one was a life changer for me when I discovered it. You know how it is, you’re off out for a long walk in a new area that you’ve driven to and bam, they find the horse poo! You’re stuck with that smell all the way home! Well, not us any more after we started keeping this in the car.
Ok, it doesn’t get rid of big lumps of stuff – maybe keep some dog wipes handy for that – but it’s super simple to use. You simply spray it on and towel dry it off. It has a lovely blueberry muffin smell too which makes those journeys home that little bit better than the smell of wet dog! It’s also a good sized bottle and lasts quite a while.You can take a look at this item on Amazon here.
Best flea shampoo for dogs
Vetzyme JDS Insecticidal Shampoo
If your dog is infested with fleas it’s important to get rid of them as fast as possible, not only for your dog’s well being, but also so that they don’t spread them around. I definitely recommend having this item in the cupboard even if you don’t use it regularly and just to have if you need it.
Of course it can also be used as a deterrent to getting fleas as well and not just to remove them. It’s suitable for all dogs and for puppies from 3 months old. It has a nice natural antiseptic smell and works really well.You can see more about this shampoo on Amazon here.
Best natural dog shampoo
Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Itch Relief Pet Shampoo
If you’re looking to reduce the amount of chemicals in your house and what your dog comes in to contact with then this green shampoo from Earthbath is well worth considering (as are the other items in their range). If you’re finding that your dog reacts to the chemicals in shampoo as well you might find that a much more natural shampoo will work better.
It’s completely natural, ph balanced and soap free and the ingredients are specially formulated to be soothing for dogs skin and to stop them itching. It’s suitable for puppies from the age of 6 weeks too.Check this item out on Amazon here.
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