Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between human shampoo and dog specific shampoo? This is not uncommon, and often leaves many pet owners confused.
We take the confusion out and explain the three key difference:
1. Sensitivity: Unlike humans, who have a number of cells that make up the top layer of their skin, a dog’s skin cells are thinner and more sensitive and require milder ingredients when you apply products directly to their skin.
2. Ph Balance: A dog’s skin is more alkaline with a ph level of up to 7.5 (depending on the breed and age), while human skin is 5.5. To give some perspective water has a ph level of 7.0. A dog specific shampoo therefore should be between 6.5-7.5, so it doesn’t irritate and dry out their skin and become itchy.
3. Ingredients: When picking the best shampoo for your dog, it best to look for natural ingredients such as goats milk, aloe vera, oatmeal and argan oil to relieve inflammations and sensitivity.
Looking for a shampoo for your dog? Why not consider the new TOTALCARE range, available in all leading grocery stores.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.