The Best Puppy Shampoos

by Maggie Bradburn
    Puppies have sensitive skin.

    Puppies have sensitive skin.

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    Puppies have sensitive skin and eyes. Harsh shampoos can irritate their delicate skin. Many shampoos made for older dogs contain ingredients that can cause reactions, like a rash or breakout, on a puppy. Shampoos that are specially formulated for a puppy's sensitive system are the best options when it comes to grooming your young dog.

    When it comes to looking for the best puppy shampoo, it's important to remember that puppies have delicate, sensitive skin. Therefore, the best puppy shampoos do not contain harsh ingredients and are not chemically-laden. Instead, look for formulas with a short ingredient list, which indicates fewer additives. Pick a shampoo made from natural ingredients. Organic ingredients are best. Avoid shampoos that contain artificial dyes. These four puppy shampoos meet all that criteria and are, therefore, the best puppy shampoos available.

    There are two key ingredients in this puppy shampoo: milk, which moisturizes as it cleans delicate puppy skin, and honey, which serves to soften the puppy's coat and provide a light scent. The all-natural botanical blend does not contain sulfates, parabens or artificial colors. Plus, since it's a detergent-free formula, if it gets in sensitive puppy eyes, it won't hurt.

    When it comes to sensitive skin, organic formulas are best because they are gentle and won't strip puppy skin of its natural oils. Organic Oscar Organic Lavender Puppy Shampoo is an extra mild shampoo designed to be safe and gentle for puppies. The moisturizing formula includes organic lavender, which has been shown to calm puppies in stressful situations like the bath.

    This natural formula from earthbath is pH-balanced to be gentle on a puppy's sensitive skin. The formula contains purified water, renewable coconut based cleansers, aloe vera, natural cherry essence and olive oil squalene (a natural preservative). The soap-free shampoo moisturizes a puppy's skin while softening the coat and leaving the fur shiny. This product is extra gentle on sensitive skin because it does not contain parabens, phosphates, pthalates, DEA or synthetic dyes or perfumes.

    Opie & Dixie's vegan puppy shampoo uses certified organic and biodynamically-farmed ingredients. The lightly-scented gentle formula is highly concentrated, so you only need a small amount of the product for a bath. According to the company, "A puppy's coat requires gentle care. Our puppy shampoo provides the perfect mix of gentle ingredients and a delicate scent."

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    About the Author

    Maggie Bradburn is a freelance writer based in Bloomington, Ind. She earned her Master of Arts in writing from The Johns Hopkins University and has covered lifestyle topics like dogs, sustainability and entrepreneurship since 2003. Her work has appeared in "BUST Magazine" and online at NicoleWilliams.com and NationalGeographic.com.

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