When it comes to bathing your dog, not all products are equal. How do you know which natural shampoo you should use on your furry friend?

It turns out, there are actually common beauty product ingredients – even in “natural” products – that can hurt them. Keep reading for a helpful list of what to look for as you select the best shampoo for your canine, and check out our Pampered Pets line for grooming products you can confidently use on your four-legged friend. After all, happy pets are healthy pets!

9 “Natural Shampoo” Ingredients to Avoid

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Does your “natural shampoo” include any of these harmful ingredients?

When it comes to beauty products for your pets, there is a lot of leeway for manufacturers. As Dogs Naturally Magazine explains, “Grooming products are not considered drugs, making them benign to FDA law – a loophole that manufacturers take advantage of…Want to protect yourself and your pup? Understand what is in your grooming products before you use them. Knowledge is power.”

As you look at natural shampoo labels for your furry friends, keep an eye out for these harmful ingredients Farm Dog Naturals and Dogs Naturally Magazine explain you’ll want to avoid:

1. Cocomide DEA or MEA

While the “coco” prefix in this ingredient is derived from coconut, this substance is actually modified chemically, resulting in links to cancer, hormone and thyroid disruption and organ toxicity. The foamy feel it produces in your shampoo isn’t worth it.

2. Cocamidopropyl Betaine

While this ingredient is derived from coconut oil, the actual substance doesn’t belong in your natural shampoo. It’s actually an environmental toxin that negatively affects the immune system.

3. Formaldehyde

Yes, if you read the labels you may actually see formaldehyde in your shampoo, and it can attack the central nervous system. Watch for these formaldehyde-releasing ingredients when you read your natural shampoo labels: doazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea or quarternium-15.

4. Fragrances

While some truly natural shampoo products let off nice fragrances, you want to make sure you know where they’re coming from; if they aren’t from essential oils or plants, it’s not good for your pet. Artificial aromas can compromise their immune function, neurotoxicity and more.

It’s especially important to consider fragrance for your dog’s grooming products because their sense of smell is thousands of times stronger, and therefore more sensitive, than ours.

5. Isopropyl Alcohol

Also known as rubbing alcohol, this ingredient is known to irritate the lungs and heart, and is toxic to the liver and nerves. Its other names are isopropanol, 2-propanol, and propyl, so watch out for them!

6. Methylparaben and Parabens

A lot of consumers are avoiding parabens in their beauty products these days, but it’s worth explaining why. These preservatives help the shampoo last longer, but it’s also an endocrine disruptor that can affect the central nervous system – including the brain and spinal cord. You definitely don’t want this for your pets; they wouldn’t be able to tell you if something is wrong.

7. Mineral Oil

This is another ingredient that sounds natural, but still not one you’d want to use on your pet (or you!). It’s actually, “A by-product of distilled gasoline made from crude oil. Its sole purpose is to coat anything it comes in contact with and keep the skin from releasing its own natural oils or eliminating toxins.”

8. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

If you start reading labels, you’ll see this ingredient in a lot of products. In addition to irritating the skin, it’s known to cause organ system toxicity as well as eye irritation and damage.

9. Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Often touted as a “plant-based and vegan” ingredient, this cleaning agent is a known carcinaogen, developmental toxin, immunotoxin, and allergen. Even if it’s derived from coconut oil, you definitely don’t want it included in your dog’s natural shampoo!

Final Thoughts: Selecting the Best Natural Shampoo for Your Dog

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Our natural shampoo is a safe option for your dogs!

In addition to the list above, avoid any natural shampoo products that include “Proprietary blend of coat and skin conditioners and moisturizers.” This is a statement many manufacturers use when they don’t want consumers to know exactly what ingredients they’ve used. Chances are, if they’re hiding what’s in it, you probably don’t want to use it on your pet.

Are you looking for a natural shampoo you can confidently use on your pet? Our Pampered Pet line will keep your canine well groomed while you rest assured you aren’t covering your furry friend with harmful ingredients. Purchase yours today!