Extend the Life of Your Pet

Pet products may be hazardous to your pets

There are few events more distressing than the injury or death of a pet. Psychologists have likened it to the death of a family member.

After the recent pet food contamination that killed some pets and made many others sick, worldwide attention focused on making sure pet products are SAFE. Can you honestly trust most manufactures to do that for you?

Products we normally use on our pets – shampoos, odor eliminators, etc. – may create health concerns for our pets just as they can impact our health. Toxic synthetic chemicals used in personal care products are also used in pet care formulas. When scientific studies show these ingredients cause cancer, heart disease, hormone disruption and other aging diseases in humans, the tests on animals generally have the same results.

We need to be aware that chemical ingredients cost pennies and profits are huge, so incentives to inform consumers may be missing. Our pets’ lives are more important than that. I, for one, am willing to spend more to protect my pets and extend the quality of their lives.

Living on a ranch presents a host of unique problems every day. Our horses, dogs and cats are exposed to more things that require greater care than you can imagine. So, I have had the opportunity to identify a variety of solutions for these four-legged loved ones. That includes protecting them from various problems in the environment, small critters and the irresponsible actions of two-legged creatures as well.

Here is what I have learned:

Shampooing is a major effort that can be very messy. Putting your dog in the bathtub or shower isn’t exactly fun for them or you. I recommend using a safe, ToxicFree® pet shampoo. Remember, you are applying it all over their body and most of the time it is not all rinsed out of their hair. So you’ll want one without harmful ingredients or drying agents that will irritate their skin. Find a natural, organic shampoo without synthetic chemicals that can affect your pet’s overall health. It may cost a few pennies more per application, but the safety of our pets is worth it.

Can you imagine having your pet sprayed by a skunk? It’s the worst smell and it lingers for days! Our dogs have greeted us with this unpleasant odor and it nearly drives us out of the house. We use an oxygen-based odor eliminator to neutralize the worst pet odors safely. I recommend you look for products with NO artificial fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is toxic for pets and humans. These petroleum-based ingredients settle and hover about 12″ off the floor where pets and babies (if you have any) spend a lot of time – walking and crawling through non-biodegradable toxins!

As an informed consumer, you can make effective, healthy choices -for yourself AND your pets. I recommend you avoid the following at all cost:

· Sodium laureth sulfate: ethoxylated cleanser found in most shampoos – may contain dioxane, which is banned by the California Safe Cosmetic Act.

· DEA (diethanolamine): carcinogenic foaming agent; significant risk to children (National Toxicology Program; FDA Office of Cosmetic Fact Sheets)

· Propylene glycol: can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

· Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl): xeno-estrogens which may contribute to sterility and hormone imbalances (Brunel University)

· Fragrance (usually contain phthalates): highly toxic; can affect central nervous system (Environmental Health Network; FDA Office of cosmetics Fact Sheet).

I sincerely hope this information is helpful. We all love our pets. Now you can protect your little friends and feel confident you are making the very best choices for them. Extend your pet’s life…now.

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Pet Shampoo – Saving Money by Buying Wholesale!

We all love our pets, but love can get expensive. If you’ve been to a pet store recently, you will notice aisles filled with expensive bath and body products ranging from dog nail polish to fancy spa treatments for your canine. While some of the products can be kitschy fun, oftentimes they are a waste of money. When looking for a pet shampoo, it is also important to be an aware consumer.

When most people go to the beauty supply store, they look a shampoo that will best handle their hair-type, protect against sun damage and leave it clean and smooth. I’ve found that people will spend ridiculous amounts of money on hair care product without even looking at the ingredients. Most of the time, you can find exact same formulas for less than half the cost of a high end salon-type product. So why spend $40 on a product you can get for $5? I challenge everyone to keep all their receipts for their bath and body products and see just how much money is spent on things like haircare and lotions. You will be amazed at how much you COULD be saving.

Now back to pet care. Why should you be spending so much money on a luxury pet shampoo that you can get for half the price? Why not purchase your product wholesale? Your pet will always need to be cleaned, so instead of buying small bottles, buy by the gallon and save your money. If you want a more luxurious product, try adding an essential oil or fragrance oil to your wholesale pet shampoo and it will customize the product and people will think your pet just left the spa!

There is currently a debate about the best type of pet shampoo for your animal. The ‘soapless’ trend is a widespread debate on the Internet, and many people are turning to all-natural or organic products, which may not be the best for your pet. It’s most important to look at the ingredients and research ANY product you are using that could be harmful to your pet’s health. All-natural is certainly a plus when it comes to any bath and body product, and particularly pet shampoo. However, 100% organic may be harmful to your pets health, depending on the hair type and animal type.

The point is, pet shampoo is something that consumers need to research. Every animal owner will need it, so it doesn’t make sense to by small quantities or expensive product that is harmful to your pet’s health. Furthermore, it’s important to look at your spending in this economy and figure out every possible venue to save money. Pet care supplies are an area most people overlook when trying to budget for the month. Get creative, get thrifty and save your money to treat yourself!

Advantages of Using Organic Dog Shampoo

It seems to go without saying that people who tend to be very planet conscience are also big animal lovers. Why wouldn’t they be? Planetary conservation is dependent on the survival of all animal species, not just the human one.

In conjunction with this green living ideology, these loving pet parents should start to think in term of purchasing eco friendly products for their animals, especially dogs.

While cats have their own cleaning system, namely themselves, dogs will need more care to maintain their skin and coats. For this reason, earth conscious dog owners should start buying organic dog shampoo as well as eco friendly toys and treats

Now, before you shrug and say that your animal has been doing just find without such products, you need to consider the very real and multifaceted advantages if using an organic dog shampoo.

Cruelty free

A manufacturer of an organic product for dogs is going to take great pains to ensure that the product is cruelty free. This is not only ethically sound, it makes good business sense.

How stupid would it be to market an item made for an eco friendly, potentially Vegan customer base knowing that animals were harmed during product testing?

That said, just because a dog shampoo states it is organic, doesn’t make it so. Check the ingredients to see if this is indeed the case. If the company is shown to place more chemical based ingredients on their shampoo, it isn’t all natural and shouldn’t be used.

When in doubt, do research on the company in question. If the merchandise is truly organically grown, more than likely it will in turn, be cruelty free.

Absence of chemicals, dyes and irritants

Many pet owners who use over the counter dog shampoos find that their dogs tend to scratch a lot. This is because most common shampoos contain irritants and ingredients that can make your dogs skin very dry.

In turn, the dog scratches, tearing out their hair and harming their coat.

Canines may even have the misfortune of developing a rash that makes their hair fall out in patches.

Caring owners will take their dog to a vet, but medicine will be ineffective if the allergic reaction is due to harsh chemicals from mainstream shampoo.

All natural pet shampoos formulated for dogs rarely have these side effects. This is because organic materials haven’t been subjected to synthetic pesticides or the potent carcinogenic materials found in most commercial fertilizers.

This will reduce the likelihood of allergies or rashes associated with the chemicals commonly found in most grooming products.

Safe for human caregivers and the environment

Synthetic elements in regular dog shampoos can be extremely harmful to the pet parent as well as to their dog.

One recent study links pyrenthrins, a substance found in most dog shampoos, with autism. The jury is still out, but research has show that women who were pregnant and used products with pyrenthrins in them were more likely to have a child with autism than woman who did not.

Also, since human skin is less resistant to irritants than the skin of a dog, they are more likely to be harmed by dangerous chemicals far more rapidly.

Using organic dog shampoo with biodegradable materials eliminates the potential harm to human beings and doggies and observes conservation efforts simultaneously.

Final word

Interested consumers will be able to easily locate organic dog shampoo at a health food supermarket or via an online, eco friendly pet store.

Just think, the purchase of an all natural dog shampoo will protect your treasured pet’s coat and make his skin healthy. This fact alone will make the hunt for an organic grooming product all the more worthwhile!

Secrets To Choosing A Natural Shampoo For Dogs

Gone are the days when dog owners would spend a lot of money purchasing high-end artificial shampoos from the pet stores. Smart pet owners today are choosing natural shampoo for dogs because it is safer and healthier. If you want to choose a good shampoo for dogs, this short guide would help you figure out how to go about it.

Stay Away From Products with Colorants or Dyes

A lot of these dyes and colorants are made from harmful chemicals like Tetrazine and coal tar, which are known to cause a number of health conditions like migraines, cancer and hyperactivity. Go for shampoos with clear color because such products would usually not have all those dyes and colorants that are harmful for your pooch.

Avoid Products with Artificial Fragrance

Another way to identify and choose natural shampoo for dogs is to look out for, and avoid products that contain artificial fragrances and perfumes. Instead, you should opt for products that contain essential oils because the artificial fragrances can cause lots of health problems including headaches, allergies, and nausea.

Avoid Products with Paraben

Parabens are commonly used chemicals in manufacturing cosmetics and some dog shampoo manufacturers would usually add them to their products. Parabens are believed to be able to cause breast cancer, hence they are dangerous for you and your dog. Always choose a dog shampoo that contains natural fruit extracts and vitamins instead.

Avoid Products with Mineral Oils

Mineral oils are derived from propylene glycol and are a by-product of petroleum. This ingredient would not only harm your dog’s skin, but can also cause other serious health issues such as kidney and liver problems.

Avoid Products with Stearakonium Chloride

Stearakonium chloride is commonly used in human and pet shampoos, even though it is dangerous and may cause irritation to the skin as well as damage to organs in your pet’s body.

Avoid Products with any Ingredients You Can’t Identify or Pronounce

The safest shampoo for your dog is one that contains ingredients that you can easily identify and pronounce. In fact, your dog shampoo should contain ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen or around your home.

Choose Products with Aloe Vera

Natural shampoos for dogs that contain Aloe Vera are very good for dogs with sensitive skin. Aloe Vera contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and protect your dog’s skin.

Lastly, you should always read the label of any dog shampoo before you make that purchase so that you can be sure that you only buy natural shampoos for dogs with safe ingredients for your pet.