Let’s begin with some facts as we talk about organic dog shampoo. Current data reveals that if your dog is above the age of 2 years, it is running a 50% chance to be diagnosed with cancer.
If that is a worrying figure, you should know that 95% of the dogs who are diagnosed with cancer are affected by it due to environmental toxins, and only 5% because of genetic reasons.
If you love your dog (We bet most of you do) you will want to shield it from these toxic chemicals.
You might think, what are these toxins? Can they affect me? How to avoid them and keep us safe? We will answer them all and some more questions as well in this article.
These toxins are present all around us. Some of them are,
- Heavy Metals.
- Tick and flea treatments.
- Furniture color coats
- Flame retardants
- Processed Foods (Shocked to see this one making the list)
- Chemical cleaners.
- Lawn treatments (Even this one too)
- Dog Shampoo (What!)
The above items expose your dog to harmful toxins and can be fatal. However, the last one making the list is explosive.
As you search the market and online portals for a good shampoo for your dog, you come across numerous brands claiming to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ because they know it sells big time.
This unfair tactic is called green marketing or greenwashing. Some manufacturers make their product sound 100% natural or organic for you to believe them and buy it.
However, being judicious about the truth is time-consuming and very confusing even for the smartest of people.
You need to be very vigilant to go through the detail in the label, find out every ingredient, and then research exhaustively to find out if it is truly fully organic or artificial.
That’s not all, you will also need to find out if the products or the ingredients have any connection to any health issues.
And all that is difficult, time-consuming, and complex. Before we understood green marketing we blindly used to trust a manufacturer when they label a dog shampoo as organic and pure. Well, we can accept that we were all dewy-eyed.
Ingredients like parabens, cocamide MEA, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, sodium laureth sulfate, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, and much more components used in your dog shampoo all are a threat to your dog’s health.
These can cause organ toxicity, disruption in hormonal balance, allergies in the skin, over-shedding, and cancer.
Many manufacturers use certain components in their dog shampoo that have been banned for use in human skincare or daily care products by many countries.
We strongly hope that they will be banned in the US as well for use in pet care products and followed by all the other countries that give value to the welfare of animals.
It is also worthwhile to mention that using them once might not portray a health concern, but using them regularly and they accumulate in your furry friend’s body until they fill the jar and tip over resulting in a serious condition. And you probably already know that is a fact.
When you start using an organic dog shampoo with contents that have no links at all to any health issues can be a welcome change you can adapt to, to reduce your dog’s interactions with harmful environmental toxins and control the risks of facing a disease, which could be as dangerous as cancer.
Using toxins for your dog can be very harmful to you as well. If you have a habit of cuddling with your buddy or let’s say the children in your home do, you would not at all want to put their health in danger or pose a risk for the other family members as well. Better stay away from claimed to be natural products and use something worthwhile.
To avoid these problems we suggest you use an organic dog shampoo that is certified by third-party labs, whose labeling is accurate and has recognition from a well-known certifier.
When a manufacturer releases third-party lab reports it means they have a lot of confidence in their product and are definite on its safety.
Below we are discussing three prominent benefits that can be availed when you are using proper natural products for your furry pal.
Reduced chance of irritation and infection
Have you ever noticed your dog scratching itself abnormally after a bath with a ‘good’ pet shampoo? Chances are the shampoo is not that good.
When you use a shampoo or a conditioner for your pet you want not only to clean your pet but also make sure that the experience is comfortable and soothing throughout the bathing process and long afterward.
Truth be told, most of the products out in the market only clean your dog’s coat. The harsh and toxic chemicals in the shampoo can lead to a lot of scratching, itching, irritation, and pain.
These contain chemicals that have artificial colors, scents, and thickening agents and go by the name of natural ingredients.
The presence of all the above and many more toxins have the potential strength to annoy your dog’s skin.
Your dog’s skin secretes some essential oils that keep it moisturized naturally and protects against microbial infections.
The harsh nature of these chemicals does not differentiate between them and the unclean elements or impurities and considers them in the list to be removed.
This tips their skin’s oil balance and makes their skin unnecessarily dehydrated and rough, and without any protection from bacteria, viruses, and fungi increase the chances of infection.
By selecting a proper organic dog shampoo you can avoid all these toxic and nasty chemicals and use natural and beneficial ingredients.
This reduces the chances of many skin-related conditions and keeps your dog in a mental and physical state of wellness.
Organic contents provide many more benefits than just cleanliness
The benefits of organic contents over artificial chemicals are many and hold credibility as well, rather than just a namesake. As an example, lavender extracts are very common in organic shampoos.
It not only makes the skin soft and soothes it but also behaves like an antiseptic and gives relief from inflammation.
Its unique composition also acts like an insect repellent (including fleas and ticks) which is very handy during seasonal change, especially during spring and summer and their intermediates.
Additionally, other natural ingredients as well have boons like relief from eczema, natural moisturizers, and healing wounds.
Though the combination of natural oils and compounds varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, each natural pet shampoo may have a unique combination with unique benefits, and these help in achieving much more than just your pet’s appearance and hygiene.
They contribute to your furry friend’s overall health and wellness.
Help your pet and maintain the environment
Genuine organic products for pets are environmentally friendly because their contents are obtained from natural sources.
They are eco-sustainable and do not pollute the environment. These organic products not only prove to be beneficial for your pets but for the environment too.
At the same time, chemical-based products are harmful to your pet and the environment as well.
Extensive research on the subject reveals a natural and effective product should have some qualities. When we look through that list this is what it comes to.
Simple production process
The best organic shampoos are made out of natural ingredients and using a simple process of production that will maintain their natural properties.
Certified Organic ingredients
Just organic will not do. The ingredients must be certified organic products which have no link at all to chemicals like, pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, or other toxic chemicals.
Shampoos consist of cleansers, emollients, emulsifiers, and preservatives. All the contents must be fully derived from nature and be 100% certified for purity and no chemicals used in the processing or farming as such.
You must make sure that your organic pet shampoo is coming from a reputed organic manufacturer who has the confidence to attach third-party lab test reports to the product listing and are completely transparent about the full ingredient list.
Oley Hemp’s organic pet shampoo is a combination of nature’s best. You need not worry about any of the contents as they are fully hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and natural.
It promotes a healthy coat and itch-free, nourished, and moisturized skin. It uses the best certified organic oils and other vegan ingredients to protect the natural oils of your pet’s skin and clean it efficiently. It is completely cruelty-free and biodegradable.
The ingredients used are aloe vera, saponified olive, sunflower oil, coconut oil, rosemary extract, organic shea butter, citric acid, water, vitamin E, tea tree oil, almond oil, and lavender oil.
And that's why we say it's 100% organic and comes with no toxins or side effects.
By using nature’s power we use certified organic contents and make sure your dog is getting the best of cleaning and nourishment for its skin and coat.
Switch as early as possible and give your dog a healthy and happy life.