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Top 5 Favorite Dog Shampoo Brands

earthbath dog bathThink about what goes into your shampoo shopping: What will this do for my hair? What’s in this? Does it even smell nice?

It’s the same for our furry family members. Dog shampoos tame and treat issues like dry skin, shedding and matting. Here are some of our favorite shampoo brands to check out for any dog’s needs.

1. Earthbath

There are so many pros to using Earthbath. Choose from its motto, “People tested, pet approved,” love of pets and the environment and the fact that products are phthalate, phosphate and cruelty free.

earthbath shampooOr simply choose from its line of 10 shampoos including tea tree and aloe, shed-control, eucalyptus and peppermint and a 2-in-1 conditioning mango shampoo.

All products are made in the U.S. and contain no artificial colors, fragrances or parabens, so feel free to revamp your dog’s shampoo routine with the rest of Earthbath’s conditioners, wipes, spritzes and waterless “grooming foam” collection.

 

2. Isle of Dogs

Dogs and owners will appreciate the luxury that comes out of Isle of Dogs’ spa-like shampoo and assurance that all of its products are made in the U.S.. Isle of Dogs’ mission is to make grooming enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

isle of dog shampooThat becomes easy when shampoos fighting shedding, coarse hair and thinning coats also smell like yummy apply blossom honey and a blend of jasmine and vanilla.

You can choose from 19 lines of shampoos, including one waterless foaming shampoo to freshen your pup in between washes or reinvigorate their coat. And if you go online, you can even customize a grooming routine with Isle of Dogs’ Coat Check system.

 

3. Pet Head

Pet Head, the creators of bright-and-punny hair care line Bed Head, lets you and your furry best friend share a similar brand. It gives dogs a chance to also indulge in edgy, fun products.

pethead shampooAll nine shampoos, like Life’s an Itch and Puppy Fun, come paraben free and without petroleum derivatives, propylene glycol, sulfate or DEA (diethanolamine).

They’re also pH adjusted, meaning the deshedding shampoo that smells like strawberry lemonade and spearmint lemongrass deodorizing shampoo won’t harm your dog.

 

4. EQyss

eqyss shampooEQyss’ three lines of dog shampoos are jam-packed with salon quality human formulas that leave out silicone, alcohol, oil and wax. It makes sure that your dog’s coat gets cleaned without residue. The Premier Color Intensifying Shampoo doesn’t just boost volume; it also helps coats dry almost 50 percent faster.

Flea-Bite Shampoo and Micro-Tek Medicated Pet Shampoo also soothe dry skin. If you’re not sure which line to choose, the EQyss’ site lets you search by problem area. It also shows complementary products, like a Marigold Scent Spray to rehydrate dogs – especially in the summer.

 

5. Nature’s Specialties

With more than 20 shampoo lines (and 12 specialty shampoos alone), Nature’s Specialties pinpoints any coat need and washes it away biodegradable, cruelty-free shampoos.

natures_specialtiesCitru-Mela targets hot spots and irritations like flea or tick bites with invigorating citrus, kiwi and melaleuca. For similar deep-cleaning results with a calming scent, work in Lav-N-Derm shampoo – a lavender antiseptic that doesn’t strip dogs of their natural oils.

Nature’s Specialties helps calm flaky, itchy skin, dermal inflammations and broken follicles by promoting hair growth. It doesn’t even have to stop with the company’s Sheazam shea butter shampoo; wrap up your pup’s grooming routine with conditioners, colognes or anti-itchy spray.

Pet & Earth Friendly Grooming with Earthbath

earthbath dog bathWe’re big fans of Earthbath products! We first discovered Earthbath when we were looking for a hypo-allergenic shampoo for our dog, Kobi, who has a lot of allergies. He’s even allergic to several trees and grass varieties so we needed to avoid tea tree ingredients as it appeared that post-shampooing with a tea tree based product also made him itchy. Tea tree is a helpful ingredient for other dogs and people (I use it myself), it just doesn’t work for our dog.

earthbath hypo shampooWhat turned us on to Earthbath products is that they are totally natural, non-toxic, paraben free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. Their products are also soap-free and pH balanced to be ultra-mild on your pet’s skin. In addition, Earthbath products are cruelty free and contain no animal ingredients or by products. They’re also made in the USA with human-grade ingredients and pure essential oils.

Here’s an offer from Earthbath regarding their products that we’ve rarely seen from other companies: “If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, simply send the unused portion along with purchase receipt and a quick note telling us why, and we’ll send you your money back.” That’s a pretty strong sign they really back their products.

dog bathWe started using their Hypo-Allergenic shampoo and it’s been great! There are a few bonus qualities to this product. It’s tearless, ultra mild, green clean, 100% biodegradable and it will not wash off topical flea applications(e.g. Frontline, Advantix). And most importantly, it gets our white dog really clean with no itchy side effects. We also use Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Grooming Wipes after walks with Kobi on the streets of NYC.

earthbath newRecently Earthbath came out with a line of new products including eye wipes, ear wipes, facial wipes and tooth & gum wipes. We’re testing the

Earthbath Eye Wipes

and so far we’re quite pleased. Kobi has a white coat and can get tear stains. The eye wipes are hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free for safety. We also love the smooth stylish compact container the eye wipes come in.

Earthbath also sent us 4 other products that we gave away to 4 different Dogsized Fans. Here they are:

earthbath facial wipesEarthbath Facial Wipes – Hypoallergenic

Totally natural & hypo-allergenic Earthbath facial wipes offer a quick, convenient & safe way to clean away dirt, boogies, dander and drool from your dog’s face. Use on the go or at the tail end of a bath. No more shampoo in the eyes, no more water in the snout, because there’s no need to rinse after washing with these gentle, pH-balanced wipes designed specifically for use on and around the face, eyes & mouth. Formulated for use on all breeds and effective on breeds with folds such as Bull Dogs, Pugs, & Shar-Peis.

earthbath ear wipesEarthbath Ear Wipes

Earthbath Ear Wipes are a fast, convenient way to keep your dog’s ears free of wax and discharge which can cause infections and odor. Earthbath wipes contain witch hazel, a natural cleanser and astringent, plus a sumptuous mix of nature’s finest plant extracts with gentle therapeutic and deodorizing properties. Naturally fragrance-free. It also comes in a smooth stylish compact container.

earthbath toothEarthbath Tooth & Gum Wipes

Earthbath Tooth and Gum Wipes are the easy and convenient solution to keeping your pet’s mouth clean from plaque, tartar and odor-causing bacteria. Their totally natural formula is free of parabens, alcohol, and other nasties that don’t belong in your pet’s mouth. Use daily for best results. It also comes in a smooth stylish compact container.

earthbath grooming wipes teaEarthbath Grooming Travel Wipes

Just toss in your car or purse and go! Use Earthbath Travel Wipes with Green Tea Leaf Extract to safely and easily wipe away dirt and odor between baths. Handily clean pets’ dirty paws and undercoat. Dirty bottoms too! Remove dander, drool, discharge and cling- ons from playing in the unknown. Mild cleansers freshen and deodorize as the anti-oxidant properties of Green Tea Leaf Extract protect from environmental damage. Hawaiian Awapuhi conditions coat and imparts a healthy shine while Aloe Vera and Vitamin E moisturize coat and skin.

How to Clean Your Dogs Teeth

There are a number of ways you can clean your dog’s teeth. First of all, make sure you only use products that are specifically made for dogs (don’t even think about using Colgate)! You can use a brush and dog toothpaste or wipes. If you can’t seem to brush your dog’s teeth, go ahead and try some chews designed to clean dog teeth.

Next – it’s very important to clean your dog’s teeth on a consistent basis (hopefully like you do with your own teeth).

Here’s some great products that will help keep your dog’s teeth clean:

Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste Dog Poultry Flavor Sentry Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste – Poultry Flavor
We use this toothpaste on Kobi and it’s also a best seller for Dog Toothpaste on Amazon! This veterinary strength enzymatic toothpaste is specifically formulated for dogs. It will help control plaque, reduce tartar and fight bad breath. It does not foam and there’s no need to rinse. Comes in a yummy poultry flavor.
How to clean your dogs teeth - Pet Teeth John Paul Pet Teeth and Gum Wipes
John Paul’s Pet Teeth and Gum Wipes are specially formulated to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and breath fresh. Formulated with baking soda to remove stains from teeth, you can use it daily to help prevent tooth and gum disease.
how to clean your dog's teeth Sentry Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste – Peanut Flavor
This Veterinary Strength Peanut Flavor Dog Toothpaste Dental Kit helps clean teeth and fights bad breath. This toothpaste is designed just for dogs. It does not foam and there’s no need to rinse. Brushing with this dog toothpaste helps to reduce plaque and tartar accumulation. Comes in this tasty, peanut butter flavor.
How to clean your dogs teeth - Oral Hygiene Chews Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs
If you’re having a hard time trying to brush your dog’s teeth, then you might want to try a chew. These enzymatic oral hygiene chews for dogs combine natural antiseptic activity with abrasive action for clinically proven plaque control. They’re made with beef hide.

Learn more about why you should be concerned about cleaning your dog’s teeth: Clean Your Dogs Teeth – They’ll Live Longer!

Also, if you’re interested in a professional dog teeth cleaning, learn more from our two articles:

Wahl Pet Grooming Products – Tested & Approved

Wahl PetWahl is largely known for their top quality hair trimmers and clippers. They also have a line of Wahl Pet Grooming products, which includes shampoos, wipes and other odor control products. This line was developed due to the concern about harsh detergents and chemicals used in pet grooming products. Wahl launched their all-natural wet goods line to provide a safe and natural option for dogs. Everything in the Wahl Pet Grooming line is made from plant derived ingredients deemed safe for pets and owners. We recently tested the Refresh Cleaning Wips and No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo.

Wahl Pet Cleaning wipesThe Wahl Refresh 100% Natural Cleaning Wipes came in a Coconut Lime Verbena sent. It smells very clean and we like it. Since our dog is male, we definitely prefer this over some wipes which have an overly floral scent. We found these wipes to be different from other wipes as they have a more of a cleansing component. Most wipes we have tried are just wet, but the Wahl Refresh 100% Natural Cleaning Wipes have a more soapy wet feel. Since we live in NYC and our dog’s paws get dirty during a walk, we find these wipes to do a better cleaning job. They also came in an easy to grab and use container.

Wahl Pet No-Rinse ShampooWe love Wahl’s 100% Natural No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo (Coconut Lime Verbena sent). During the slushy and rainy weather our dog’s paws can get very dirty. He’s a blond Havanese and would come back with black paws which required us to wash his feet off in the sink. This No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo has a mousse consistency. We take a dry towel and spray the mousse on the towel or on his paws and rub them down with the towel. This 100% Natural No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo does a great job at cleaning dirty paws and saves us from having to give our dog’s paws a bath after every walk in the winter.

Our dog has a lot of allergies and we’re happy to report that he didn’t have any allergic reactions to these two products.