All Pet Shampoo’s Are Not Created Equal – Read the Labels Before Buying Your Next One

Pet shampoo’s are not all good for your pets. Most will do no harm, yet some can cause skin problems and or loss of hair. Not all shampoo’s are good for our environment either. As a matter of fact very few are biodegradable. It is always good to remember that you get what you pay for, a cheap shampoo is a cheap shampoo.

I thought I was doing the right thing once with a bottle of shampoo by rinsing it out and putting it into the recycling bin. For some reason I decided to read the label. What it said was a shock. “Do not rinse before recycling”. Why would I not rinse? What could be in it that is not good for your drinking water? On another label it said in capital letters:

  • SHAMPOO MAY CAUSE EYE IRRITATION.
  • HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.
  • KEEP AWAY FROM PUPPIES AND KITTENS.

Makes you wonder about what might be in some of these products. Sure we all are careful when we bathe our pets, but things happen. What if a little shampoo gets in their eyes or in their mouth. What am I going to do?  Some suggestions are as follows:

Flush promptly with water.

Induce vomiting with 1- 2 glasses of water or syrup of ipecac.

Have you ever thought about the ingredients in your pets shampoo? Do you pay attention to how your pets look after a bath?  Just take a few minutes to look at what is in some of  these products.

  • Purified Water
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (causes eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands.)
  • Co Co Amide (can cause cancer in animals)
  • Glycerin (a thickening agent, no harm here)
  • Salicylic Acid (an acne medicine)
  • PCMX (low – toxicity antibacterial)

Need I go on? Seems to me that some of these ingredients have no business being in a pet shampoo.

Now lets look at another  brand, one that is sold exclusively through SHUREPETS, an equivalent to the medicated shampoo above. First thing to look for is are there any warning labels. Ingredients listed are:

  • Concentrated detergent and soap free
  • Coconut shampoo base
  • Vitamins A,D,E,
  • EDTA (sequestrate)
  • Glycerin
  • Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinete (an emulsifying agent)
  • Hydrolyzed extracts (antibacterial)
  • DMDH hydration (moisturizer)
  • Deionized water (free of charged atoms and molecules, used in water base cleaning)

Sounds confusing but none of these causes any problems in animals or their human counterparts. Pet owners need to read the ingredients on the products they buy for their furry friend and educate themselves about the effects they may have.

Calling All Pet Groomers

What would you say if I told you there was a simple way for you to cut your overhead, while adding extra income to your shop, without grooming more dogs? I bet you would say show me the way!

Well, good news I know a way you can do just that and it is simple and easy to start. How much are you spending on pet shampoos and other products? If you are anything like I was it is your biggest expense aside from rent and utilities.

Why not start making your own pet product line? It isn’t as hard as you might think and the quality is unparalleled to anything you are using now.

There is very little investment to get started and you can do it right in your own kitchen. You would be able to eliminate the middle man, and could more then cut your cost on pet shampoos and conditioners in half!

Not to mention you could package and sale your products to clients in your shop. Imagine having your own all natural high quality product line for pets branded with your shops logo available for sale to your customers.

Many of these products cost as little as $2 to make and can retail for $15 to $20! That is money in your pocket without grooming any more dogs then you already do. Your customers will love the products. You could even get really fancy and mix custom aromatherapy products for clientele.

Aveda Salons used to offer a service similar to this for their human clients. Why not have it for pets? We all know they can benefit from it just as much as humans do.

There are many different directions you could go in to market your products. You could even contact pet shops and vets to retail for you. Just think every bottle is an advertisement for your salon. The sky is truly the limit.

Creating great selling all natural pet shampoos and other products isn’t rocket science but it will take some research on your part to get started. Although, you will soon find out how easy it actually can be. You will only need a few readily available supplies, a clean kitchen and some great recipes to get started.

This is just one super easy approach to generating more income for your shop. You should always strive to work smarter not harder in your business. So what are you waiting for? Get creative and start adding more income to your businesses today!

Pet Grooming Guide – How to Groom Your Pet

As like humans, pets also want to be clean and well groomed. Pet grooming involves different grooming services that you should perform on your pet. An important pet grooming service is to give bath to your pets regularly. Owners should give a great bathing experience to their lovely pets. They should collect all grooming bath supplies such as dog shampoo, bucket, towel and hair dryer at one place, before bringing pet into bathroom.

Give them comfort and warm temperature to bath. You can give them an easy bath in bathtub or splash water over their body. You can also use a hose with sprayer to wash your pets. Use your hand for a smooth rubbing. Pet grooming gloves are also helpful to scrub your dog. You can offer light-handed massage at the time of bath. Your pet will really enjoy this type of bathing practice.

You can choose the best shampoo for your pet. Several pet shampoos are available in the market like medicated shampoo, and scented shampoos etc. Owners should choose the best shampoo that actually suits their pet. Choice of shampoos mostly depends on the season.

Don’t use your soap or shampoo for your pet because it can cause skin irritation to them. You should ask a trained pet groomer to choose the best shampoo for your pet. Brush their teeth at the time of washing their body. After bath, rinse their ears and paws with a towel to remove extra moisture.

You can also use hair dryer for pet grooming but use medium settings only for your pet. You can use a hairbrush to make a style. Pet grooming is a time consuming process so have patience. It is an easy way to make a close bond with your pet.

Dog Shampoo – Daily Dog Care Series

There are hundreds of dog shampoos available in the market nowadays. However, it is not easy to pick out a good one. Similar to human skin, dogs also have different skin types. So, we should choose the most suitable shampoo for our dogs. The right shampoo can soothe the dog’s skin and make the coat shine, while the unsuitable shampoo can make the skin irritated and itchy. Here I will give you some tips on pet shampoos.

Never ever use human shampoos
I think most people have the experience of using a human shampoo on a dog. Some people may think that human shampoo is also suitable for dogs. That is absolutely wrong. If we use it on a dog, his or her skin will be irritated. It is not good for dog health.

Dog shampoos for dry skin
First we should learn how to determine a dog’s skin type. We can gently touch the pet skin to see if there is any skin flaking. If we can find some, then the dog most likely has dry skin. In this case, we should choose oatmeal-based or jojoba-based shampoos. Shampoos made from oatmeal or jojoba can help moisturize dry skin gently.

Dog shampoos for oily skin
If we feel oily when we touch the pet skin, then the dog most likely has oily skin. We can use some refreshing shampoos to deep clean the dog skin. Do not use some conditioning shampoos, for they can make the skin oilier.

In the next article I will give you some tips on dog shampoos for sensitive skin and other warnings.