While reading my new fave book Eco Dog, I learned a ton about what's in the products we use on our pets, and may not even know what they do. Most notable, ingredients like DEA, TEA, EDTA, and sodium lauryl sulfate are linked to asthma, nerve damage, and even cancer in humans, so I can only imagine what it can do to your pet if the product is ingested by licking their coat after a bath.
Thankfully, Eco Dog gives some great advice on what to look for in a quality shampoo. Since you should never use human shampoo on your pet, look for products containing oatmeal, aloe vera, and coconut oil when you need to reduce inflammation and soothe dry, itchy skin. Plus, adding a few drops of eucalyptus or pennyroyal oil to any natural shampoo makes for a holistic approach to ward off fleas, instead of using chemically-enhanced shampoos that can be toxic to curious pets. To find out why this Fuzzyard Shampoo is one of my go-to products for dry skin, just read more.
One of my faves for North when his skin gets dry is this Fuzzyard Jojoba+Basil Organic Shampoo ($15). It's soothing, repels fleas, and is pH balanced for your dog, so that he's not stripped of natural oils. Plus the entire line of Fuzzyard products is organic and they have an all-natural Paw Balm that I'm totally excited to try when North's paws get dry from outside adventures!