Allergies = Boo! Prevention & Treatment are key for your pet.
Spring is a common time for allergy symptoms to start showing up in your pet, but did you know some pets only have Fall or Winter allergies? Also dogs and cats exhibit allergies in different ways-- some show watery eyes and sneezing, but others just scratch and scratch or get ear infections. It can be hard to know if an allergy (and what kind!) is causing your pet’s symptoms, so here are a few tips:
Pollen = symptoms usually start showing in Spring and include chewing at the feet, constant licking of the inside leg and groin, face rubbing, ear infections or inflamed ears, and hot spots
Ragweed = symptoms usually start in the Fall and include chewing at the feet, constant licking of the inside leg and groin, face rubbing, ear infections or inflamed ears, and hot spots
Dust = symptoms are worse in the Winter when you’re spending more time indoors, and include chewing at the feet, constant licking of legs, belly, elbows, feet, face rubbing, and hot spots
Contact Dermatitis = symptoms are worse when exposed to carpets, cleaning products, or plastic items, and include red itchy bumps or blisters on areas with little fur. You may also see intense scratching and hair loss on the belly, feet, or muzzle.
Food = allergies to food can also show up in addition to environmental allergies. Symptoms include: Itching around the face, paws, legs, and butt. Yeasty ear infections are more common over mites or bacteria. Also skin infections caused by food allergies respond to antibiotics, but then recur as soon as the antibiotics stop.
As pets get older it is common for allergies to become worse, so prevention is the best method of treatment. If you know when your dog or cat’s scratching and chewing start, reach for our Deodorizer/Allergy Spray for fast relief and to keep the fur and skin from becoming red and irritated. This spray can be applied all over the body and will help with red bumps, dander, and scratching.
For dogs with pesky hot spots, have a bottle of Hot Spots/Wound Spray on hand to quickly target the inflammation and stinging/itching sensation. This spray contains a thicker oil and is made for more localized use. It will help promote scabbing and tissue growth of the raw skin. You can also use this spray in between the paw pads and toes for treatment as well.
For irritating ear infections caused by yeast or mites, our Ear Cleaner Spray will help clear up the infection and prevent future infections, so you can start using this product at any time. It’s gentle and won’t burn or irritate the ears, but will help with redness, brown waxy discharge, and smell. All of these products are non-toxic, safe to lick, and can be used as often as needed!
Hopefully with these few tips you can help with those inevitable, yearly allergies!
If you are unsure on the type of allergy your pet has, there are several tests available that certain vet clinics can perform. To read more on these visit this site.
THE HOLIDAY DEALS AREN'T OVER YET! Thursday December 18 is National FREE Shipping Day and we are participating! You can enjoy free shipping on any order over $7.50 No discount code needed - free shipping will automatically calculate in your cart.
It's not too late to pick out the perfect gift for your favorite furry friend. We have tons of Gift Baskets and other Holiday Goodies to choose from!! All orders placed will have GUARANTEED Christmas delivery. Whoohoo!
*Please note Free Shipping only applies to orders shipping in the USA.
The answer is NO! Dog Shampoos vary greatly in their ingredients, effectiveness, irritation, fragrances, and colors! You might think the dog shampoo you are currently using is a good quality product, but is it? In this post we explore various ingredients found in commercial dog shampoos (cheap end up to higher end natural brands) and help you decipher what's good and what's bad.
15 Common Ingredients found in Chemical Based & "Natural" Dog Shampoos:
1) Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate/Sodium Laurel Sulfates - These are sometimes coded on labels as "coconut based cleanser." Sulfates are added to shampoo because they act as surfactants to bind to grease & dirt to help wash them away. These are what causes "bubbles" when bathing. Sulfates can be extremely irritating to a dog's skin (people's too) and will strip out the natural oils found in a the skin & coat. Many dogs become extra itchy afterward, causing dander and flakes to appear on the fur. Prolonged exposure to sulfates can produce target organ damage and ingestion can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloating. Allergic reactions can also appear on dogs.
2) Cocamide DEA/Cocamidopropyl Betaine - These are sometimes coded on labels as "coconut based cleanser." Cocamides are also detergents added into shampoos to "add more bubbles," but also to thicken a shampoo so it comes out in a glob. Like sulfates, these ingredients cause skin and eye irritation. In lab experiments, exposure to high doses of these chemicals have been shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid.
3) Glycol Distearate/Stearate - these are waxes added in to make the shampoo shiny. I don't think your dog cares if their shampoo is shiny or not! This is an unnecessary ingredient, and although they only cause acute oral toxicity, and skin and eye irritation, they are still toxic!
4) Dimethicone/Cyclomethicone - methicone's are silicone oils used to smooth down the fur, while adding thickness and shine. These attributes wouldn't be so bad if methicone's weren't harmful to deal with. "Avoid spilling, skin and eye contact" is noted in this material safety data sheet. And when this chemical decomposes, it can form toxic gases!
5) Paraben - these are added to act as a preservative to prevent bacterial growth. The side effects of having parabens absorbed through the skin or ingested can contribute to the development of cancerous tumours in people, so why risk cancer in our dogs?
6) Phenoxyethanol - many "natural" products contain this ingredient as a preservative instead of using a paraben. It can also be used in the fragrance of a shampoo. Its chemical structure is similar to parabens and have similar side effects like skin irritation and reproductive toxin.
7) Propylene Glycol - Propylene Glycol is a cosmetic form of mineral oil and works as a humescent, which creates retention of moisture. This chemical is also a skin irritant and "repeated exposure may cause flaking of the skin," states DOW Chemical's MSDS. In shampoo, it is supposed to work at holding moisture in the skin, but using the shampoo regularly causes skin dryness.... talk about a Catch 22!
8) Diazolidinyl Urea - this is used as a preservative. To use this chemical, people have to make sure their skin is covered and seek medical attention if their skin comes in contact with it. One is also supposed to induce vomiting if ingested according to Spectrum Chemical. Dog shampoos do not need to contain this preservative! There are many natural preservatives like Vitamin C and Rosemary amongst others.
9) Polysorbate 20/80 - Although it's derived from a natural ingredient, it is not natural--it is an ethoxylated compound which means the un-hazardous polysorbate is treated with 20 "parts" of ethylene oxide causing a carcinogenic compound. Polysorbates are usually added as emulsifiers to shampoo to hold in fragrance and increase surfactant properties.
10) Glyceryl Oleate - this chemical is used in the fragrance and to help as a surfactant. There are high concerns for irritation to the skin, eyes, and lungs which can wreak havoc on your pups skin - especially if they are extra sensitive. Your pooch doesn't need to stay smelling like cucumber melon or blueberry swirl after their bath, just a clean dog is the best way to go.
11) Sodium Benzoate - this is used used as a preservative and for fragrance in shampoos. Science Lab states it is hazardous to the skin and can be toxic to the blood, reproductive system, liver, and central nervous system. Again this is an unnecessary ingredient!
12) DEA (diethanolamine) - DEA is used as a wetting agent to help with lather in a shampoo. Cancer Prevention Coalition states DEA can react with other ingredients in the formula to form an extremely potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA). NDEA is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancers.
13) Phthalates - these are used when making artificial fragrances for shampoo because they make the scent last longer by acting as a plasticizer. They are known endocrine disruptors which means they can disrupt the hormone levels in the body. Pregnant dogs should definitely avoid having shampoos with pthalates put on them to avoid any developmental birth defects.
14) Fragrance - the term Fragrance is what many companies use to keep their scent a secret. You have no idea what chemicals or natural ingredients they are using to add a scent. It is generally safe to assume the word fragrance = chemical, otherwise the scent would be promoted as a natural or organic ingredient like lavender essential oil or a blend of natural plant derived scents.
15) Color/FD&C's - Color? Why do dogs need to have a color in their shampoo? The only reason colors are added is for human aesthetic purposes. The actual chemical makeup of colors and dyes only leads to increased dryness or irritation on your dog.
So now that your head is spinning, take a deep breath and ask yourself: Do I care what I'm bathing my favorite pooch with?
With PETfection Puppy Suds Shampoos you absolutely don't have to worry about any chemicals! Every single scent of shampoo we offer is made from saponified oils like coconut, jojoba, and olive. The fragrances are all essential oil based and are non-toxic by themselves when diluted. In fact, many of our oils are considered food-grade which means they are safe for ingestion. You won't have to worry about your pooch licking themselves and ingesting any toxic chemicals after their bath! All of our shampoos work great on sensitive dogs and puppies too because they are gentle without sacrificing good cleaning quality. :)
Springtime is a time for fresh air, sunshine, and outdoor activity, but with it comes bugs, dirt, and unforeseen critters! Fortunately we have all the necessary items to get you stocked up and ready. Our Spring Favorites is a new collection of our most popular items sold this time of year. Whether you want to get your dog out for a good brushing or bathing, or just want to get in some quality play time, we have something that will work for you.
The downside of Spring is fleas and mosquitoes start hatching and infesting our pets, and critters like skunks start being born and face our pets with a stinky situation. Our Bug Repellent Spray and Outdoor Bugs Be Gone kit will get your pet protected from flea bites, mosquitoes, flies, and ticks. They are great to have for any event outside like garden clean up, BBQ's, hiking, and camping.
Skunks are smelly creatures and never fun to deal with! It is always a good idea to have our Skunk Odor Neutralizer Spray and Shampoo on hand in you live in an area where skunks are making their presence. Both products will help eliminate skunk odors and residue, without being harsh on the skin or stripping the fur of it's natural oils.
After getting the important stuff taken care of, have a relaxing playtime with your pooch with our Hemp Frisbee and excite your cat with our wool Eco Pouncer. :)
As Valentine's Day approaches one thing comes to mind: LOVE.
Love means to have affection or a strong liking for something or someone. Well for us this February, it's all about our PETS! February is known for 15 different pet related days. Some include Love Your Pet Day on February 20th, Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd, and International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day on February 23rd!!
As you start thinking about Valentine's Day, think about your favorite furry friend and all the love you have for them. If you want to wrap them in affection or have a heart-felt play time, check out all of our V-day Goodies. :)
If you are a new visitor to our website you won't know how things have changed, but to our existing customers and fans, our website looks different! We decided it was time to launch a new, user-friendly site that makes it easier for everyone to navigate, checkout, and share info.
A few differences between our old site and this new one...
1) Our old site required an account to be created when purchasing an item. This new site allows you to check out as a guest OR set up an account!
2) Our product pages have shortened on this new site. Now you can go to a product page and select container sizes or if it is for a dog or cat and with one click add the product to your cart. Our old site had all dog items, cat items, and bottle sizes listed separately. That made for a lot of pages to click through!
3) Our old site didn't have a blog! Now you can easily find new information about us and read all existing posts in one place. You can always see the most recent post on our home page.
4) If you can't find the product you are looking for, you can easily do a Search for it. The search on this site works much better than the search on our old site.
So what about the great features the old site offered?
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