Thursday, September 25, 2008

What do you wash with?

We went to dog beach this past weekend, what that means is we always have to get a bath right after.
What you bathe your pets with is more important than you might think. Like many corporate pet companies, cheap ingredients fill the labels and little or no concern to pet's health is considered. One common harmful ingredient in pet shampoos (and in human shampoos too!) is Laurel Sulfates. Sodium laurel sulfate is a surficant, or an agent that loosens the bond of things like oil to other objects such as skin or hair. It is used as an industrial degreaser and to clean factory floors of grease and grime. Studies have linked it with causing cancer, and eye problems, and the severest claim is leading to blindness. Laurel Sulfates are found in 99% of dog shampoos. They dehydrate skin cells, causing dryness, itching, redness, inflammation, irritation and they are proven carcinogens. They build up in vital internal organs to cause complications in later life. Most skin conditions in dogs come about from Sulphates in shampoos. And yes, all they do is make the shampoo bubbly.

Find a shampoo that is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and safe. Some of our favorites are: Earth-Bath and also PetPromise