Natural Dog Grooming Tips

Safe and natural shampoos, ear washes, and mouth rinses for your dog.

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Dog World ExtraGrooming, an important part of dog care, is often overlooked by owners. Just a few minutes of grooming each day can increase the bond between you and your pet, as well as improve its overall health. Here are a few tips to help you get on the right track to grooming your pet naturally.

Bathe your dog
All dogs can benefit from regular bathing. However, as is true with dog food, many dog shampoos also contain potentially harmful ingredients. It's important to read the label to make sure you're purchasing a product that’s safe for your pet, yourself and the environment.

Choose a safe and effective shampoo that will not dry out the dog’s skin and hair. Ingredients to avoid include artificial fragrances, foaming agents, surfactants and insecticides.

Beneficial ingredients of a high-quality shampoo include certified organic oils and herbs, such as coconut, jojoba, olive, lavender, tea tree, and citrus oils. Shampoos made with these ingredients are less likely to irritate the dog’s skin and can be used more frequently.

Clean your dog’s ears
Along with regular bathing, keeping your dogs’ ears clean can help minimize itching, as well as bacterial and yeast ear infections. As is the case when picking a good shampoo, it's important to read the label of products designed to clean your dog's ears because many of them also contain potentially harmful chemical ingredients, or ingredients that could irritate your dog’s ears. Try to choose ear cleaners and washes that contain certified organic oils (peppermint, spearmint, citrus, tea tree, and so on) and avoid those that contain alcohol, salicylic acid, DSS and borates.

Brush your dog's teeth
Dental disease is the most common infectious disease seen in pets. Regular (ideally, daily) brushing can decrease the frequency of professional cleanings that must be performed under anesthesia at the vet's office. Products that can be put on a toothbrush or added to the dog’s water should ideally not contain chemicals. Don’t use human dental products for your dog. Many human products contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which may be toxic to dogs.

With just a little bit of investigative research, you can easily find high-quality natural and organic grooming products that are safe and effective. Simply read the label before purchasing.

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Ellen   Basking Ridge, New Jersey

1/14/2014 10:18:43 AM

Equine Organix is a company that has an amazing Organic Chamomile & Olive Oil Dog Shampoo... that is pH-balanced specifically for dogs! Great for sensitive skin and it won't dry the coat, so is perfect for repeat washings. I love that it comes in a large bottle and also in a single-wash packet for
traveling.
www.equineorganix.com

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

9/10/2011 5:57:04 AM

good article, thanks

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Kendra   San Francisco, CA

4/20/2010 6:31:55 PM

I found the O my dog organic care products on a Facebook friends page. I bought the lavender shampoo along with the spray. AMAZING! The wash is definately different and the scent lasted for days. I use the spray on my kids when I picked them up from Soccer. Great products for dogs and humans.

The page is www.omydogorganics.com

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christian   laguna beach, CA

4/20/2010 12:19:38 AM

So glad to see the pet industry has natural and organic products available that are usda certified!!! i found a line called o my dog!organic care and bingo!!Not the dog, the products! They rock! totally organic. their shampoos have all the ingredients you listed. omydogorganics.com

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