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This may be a silly question

Postby jboodro » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:20 pm

Can you use human shampoo on a dog?

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby JoeBingo » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:24 pm

I would do it as a last resort if the dog HAD to be washed for some emergency reason but I wouldn't use it routinely. It's too harsh and romoves too much of the essential oils necessay to a healthy coat I'm told. On the other hand, I quite often use dog shampoo on myself lol

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby April » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:51 pm

There could be side effects to using a human product on a dog, could cause skin problems depending on the shampoo.

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Postby merriterrier » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:09 pm

Uh, hell yeah!
I use it all the time. I have not noticed any drying or irritation and I have been using it to wash my dogs forever. I use baby shampoo since it is tearless, but have used my shampoo in a pinch. Compare ingredients of the average dog shampoo to the average human shampoo (honestly the shampoo I use is way less scary than the flea and tick shampoo I have for foster dogs). Plus if you think about it we wash our hair everyday to every other day, we only wash our dogs 1x week or month. It doesn't dry out our scalp or cause us irritation. You might not want to use it if your dog has known skin problems, and I'm sure there are types that could cause irritation, but basic baby shampoo is pretty benign.

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:12 pm

Funny I should come across this!

Talked to a dermatologist vet today at the AAHA/OVMA conference and asked her the same question! Baby shampoo is actually one that isn't great for our dogs since their skin pH is so much different from an infants.

That being said, I use human shampoo on my dogs all the time and they've been fine. AND they smell like coconut. lol

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby dogs4jen » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:03 pm

I've always heard not to since the pH is different. Earthbath dog shampoo is excellent if you need to get some dog shampoo!

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:31 am

Can't Mane & Tail be used on Horses, Humans, Dogs, and other animals? I remember my parents using it on me when I was young, I used to think it was the coolest since it was for horses. lol

I couldn't help that much though, I almost never bathe my dogs. Good food and brushing ftw! lol

....Except that time when Dakota peed in his jacket and it went all up his front side.

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby nic » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:27 am

Yep you can use it.As with all ashampoo make sure its rinsed out completly and you'll have no problems.
I really think it is an old wives tale about taking too much oil and such,people seem to think something awful is going to happen to a dog if a single drop of human shampoo touches it!
FTR I've used dog shampoo on me once and nothing happened to me either!

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby spammie » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:44 am

nic wrote:FTR I've used dog shampoo on me once and nothing happened to me either!

Yes, but just wait until there's a full moon!

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby WackyJacki » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:34 am

I use it all the time on my dogs. A tearless baby shampoo on their heads, and whatever I'm using on myself for the rest of them. lol

If your dog has sensitive skin, you can try using a baby shampoo all over. :)

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby SnowKoi2010 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:01 am

WackyJacki wrote:I use it all the time on my dogs. A tearless baby shampoo on their heads, and whatever I'm using on myself for the rest of them. lol

If your dog has sensitive skin, you can try using a baby shampoo all over. :)


I do this with snow since she is a white dog and *coughs* we know how uneven a white dog looks when you cannot wash their face. Baby Shampoo works fine and she has never had skin problems or anything. Actually there was a few times where I was taking a bath and bathed the dogs with me, let out the water and then finished my bath with a new tub of water and I have never broken out either, With flea shampoo and regular dog shampoo.

Just make sure you get it off your dog really good and don't let it set long and you should be fine.

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby starrlamia » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:29 am

technically the ph balance is different but it isnt a drastic difference. I use it on my guys too.

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby WackyJacki » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:17 am

Yes, rinsing is the key, no matter what shampoo you're using. Any residue can causes itchiness/rashes.

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:05 am

:goodpost:

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Re: This may be a silly question

Postby nic » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:11 pm

spammie wrote:
nic wrote:FTR I've used dog shampoo on me once and nothing happened to me either!

Yes, but just wait until there's a full moon!


lol lol


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