Washing your dog can be a pain, am I right? Between the water everywhere (on both you and the floor), the pathetic look on your pup’s face, and the back pain from bending over for an extended amount of time — giving your dog a bath is never as cute as the one good shot you get for the ’gram before everything goes south. But we know that it is a necessary evil for both parties involved — especially us dog lovers who let our dog spoon in bed with us on a nightly basis.
We made a house call to the veterinarian and mom of Insta-famous pups you love to follow, Dr. Lisa Lippman, to chat about all things dog grooming and here is what she had to say.
“Biggest myth I hear is that dogs should not be bathed often,” said Dr. Lippman. “Dogs can be bathed as often as need be, as long as you are using a proper dog shampoo. Dogs have a different pH of their skin than humans, so this is crucial. Bathing is critical in my patients with allergic skin disease and some infections. I typically have them bathe once or twice a week with a prescription shampoo. So if your dog is smelly or you’re going somewhere special, don’t be afraid to bathe! And when in doubt, ask your vet.”
With so many dog shampoos on the market, it’s hard to know what is best for you and what is best for your dog. We’ve done the research and pulled together the top dog shampoos to keep your pup so fresh and so clean.
Burt’s Bees for Pets for Puppies Tearless
The smell of puppies is a blessing and a curse. There is nothing like the smell of a fresh puppy, until they roll over in their own pee. When it comes to finding the perfect shampoo for your puppy, you want to make sure that it is sensitive enough for their fresh skin and gentle enough for their eyes. Burt’s Bees for Puppies has a tearless formula to protect your pup, and all-natural ingredients like buttermilk that deeply condition their soft coats. Burt’s Bees uses a veterinary recommended formula that is free of harsh chemicals, colors, sulfates, and fragrances.
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo
A dog owner’s worst nightmare is fleas and ticks! Most of us go into full panic mode when our pups get these pests, but no need to stress. Adams Plus Flea and Tick is one of the best shampoos that actually kills any fleas, ticks, flea eggs or larva — and even lice — as well as prevents any more from coming back for up to 28 days. Adams is made for sensitive skin using aloe, coconut extract, and oatmeal to keep your dog’s skin safe. The shampoo is safe for dogs and cats 12 weeks and older.
Pro Pet Works All Natural Organic Oatmeal Pet Shampoo
Does your dog have allergies? This can make finding the perfect shampoo even harder. You want to make sure that there are no harsh chemicals, colors, or sulphates that might irritate your pup’s skin. Pro Pet Works All Natural Organic Oatmeal Shampoo is the perfect choice for pups with allergies. Pro Pet is vet recommended and is made for pets with allergies to food, grass, and bug bites. It’s made with organic aloe and almond oil that is both therapeutic and soothing for your pup’s skin and coat. The shampoo is both cruelty-free and paraben-free, with no added colors, harsh chemicals, fragrance, alcohol, or sulfates, and is made with all-natural and organic ingredients.
4Legger USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo
Does your dog have super sensitive skin? 4Legger is an organic dog shampoo that is made with organic and essential oils to care for your dog’s skin. 4Leggers makes their nontoxic shampoo in small batches using all plant-based vegan ingredients. Using things like organic lemongrass oils as a natural flea deterrent and aloe vera as a skin soother, this formula is perfect for any dog with pre-existing skin issues. 4Legger is great for dry and itchy skin as well as any dog with normal skin.
Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover
This is right up there with fleas and ticks on a dog owner’s “worst nightmare” list. Dogs getting sprayed by a skunk is something that we all hope never happens to us, but unfortunately for some it will. Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover is a must-have for anyone who lives in an areas with skunks. We recommend having one on hand so you don’t have to wait 24 hours for your Amazon Prime delivery to arrive.