With so many different kinds of dog shampoos on the market today, it is not easy to decide which one to use.  For most breeds, a basic, all-purpose shampoo is fine.  But if you want your shampoo to do more than clean, you might consider a specialty shampoo.

 

• Shampoos designed to deliver extra conditioning to long or curly coats can make post-bath grooming even easier.

 

• Accentuate your dog’s coat color by choosing a shampoo made for white, black, or red coats.

 

• For sensitive eyes, consider a tearless shampoo.

 

• For wire-coated dogs, look for a shampoo designed to preserve the crisp texture of your dog’s coat.

 

• Many dogs have sensitive skin or eyes.  A hypoallergenic shampoo can minimize sensitivity reactions to bathing.

 

• If your dog already has a rash, allergies, itching, or other sensitive skin conditions, look for a medicated shampoo designed to treat your dog’s problem. Your vet should be able to recommend a good medicated shampoo for your dog.

 

• For flea season, consider a shampoo containing a gentle anti-flea ingredient such as pyrethrin or limonene, or any of several natural botanicals designed to repel fleas, such as neem oil.

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