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Human Shampoo VS Dog Shampoo – Cooper Mountain Kennel

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Some people may think that they can bathe their dog using the same shampoo that they would use in the shower, but human shampoo is actually quite different than dog shampoo and can have a negative impact on your dog’s health.

On human and dog skin, there is a thin, acidic layer of skin that protects us from viruses and bacteria entering our skin. When we shower, we wash this layer off. The pH balance for human skin is around 5.2 to 6.2, meaning it is slightly acidic. Dogs have different pH levels in their skin, usually ranging between 5.5 and 7.5, which means dog skin is slightly more alkaline. Using human shampoo on your dog will upset the pH balance of its skin, and disrupt the protective layer that keeps out viruses and bacteria. Human shampoo can dry out your dog’s skin as well, which will make your dog scratch. Cuts and abrasions caused by the scratching present doorways to bacteria and viruses. Always read the ingredients on any dog shampoo you purchase. If you see any artificial additives, then chances are you don’t want to use it. It is often a much better idea just to buy organic, high quality dog shampoo, as a single bottle can last you a year. You only want to shampoo your dog’s fur once every few months or so.

An alternative to bathing your pet yourself is to let a professional handle it. At Cooper Mountain Kennel, one of the best Portland Dog Kennels in town, they have a team of professional dog and cat groomers who use organic, natural shampoos and conditioners that are healthy for your dog or cat’s skin

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