Dog vs Human shampoo
Dog vs Human Shampoo….. As tempting as it might be to use your own anti-dandruff shampoo on your pooch, most professional groomers and vets would suggest this is not a good idea. This applies to even gentlest of baby shampoos’s and organic products. Why can’t I use it though? Well you can if you really want too, but there are fundamental differences between both human and dog’s skin and hair which is why they aren’t considered as being interchangeable and why it’s really not advisable.
The first fundamental difference is that dog shampoo has a higher pH level. A higher pH level means the product is more alkaline, a lower pH level means it is more acidic. Human skin is more acidic than you’re dog’s. Using a human shampoo on a dog’s more alkaline skin can potentially cause irritation as the more acidic human shampoo reduces the alkaline level of your dog’s skin. Dog shampoos are formulated with higher pH (more alkaline) levels and typically omit the strong detergents commonly found in human shampoos meaning the shampoo is more in keeping with your dog’s natural skin pH level.
Secondly, dog shampoo’s generally have a different chemical composition. Whilst our human shampoo might contain additives for common human conditions like dandruff or eczema, a medicated dog shampoo can contain ingredients that deal with all sort of dog issues including fleas & ticks, mange & fungal infections and bacteria… let alone the strong smells our dog’s like to roll in, like dead animals and Fox poo (Chanel No5 for dog’s!). A human shampoo without those active ingredients probably wouldn’t be of any use against these dog related issues.