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Homemade dog shampoo is better for your pup and for you. Because when you use toxic shampoos, especially flea shampoos, you're both exposed to endocrine disruptors and cancer-causing chemicals like parabens and insecticides.
Your pups are as vulnerable to toxins as you are. That's obvious from all the pet deaths and illness caused by pet treats made in China. The dangers of these treats are well known.
What isn't so well known are the health risks to your pups from the pesticides you use in your home and yard, and the products you use on your dogs. For example, rates of canine lymphoma are 70% higher in dogs whose owners use weed and feed products.
Consider this - Dogs have the same high cancer rate as people! One in every two dogs will get cancer.
You are exposed to every toxic product you put on your dogs. When you dip your dog for fleas, pet them when they are wearing flea collars, spray, shampoo or dust them with flea insecticides – you are exposing yourself to chemicals that cause cancer and mess with your hormones.
Now, think about bath time. If you're anything like me, you end up as wet as your dog during baths. Do you really want to be using products with toxic ingredients?
- the kinds of preservatives in dog shampoos aren't usually listed on the label. Endocrine disrupting parabens are often used.
Fragrance is an undisclosed chemical mixture so health effects unknown. Some fragrance ingredients are linked to allergies, asthma, and endocrine disruption.
Foaming Agents Like Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA).
Possible carcinogen and also combines with other chemicals to create carcinogenic nitrosamines.
ALSO FOUND IN FLEA AND MEDICATED SHAMPOOS
There are many types of pyrethroids including cypermethrin, deltamethrin, esfenvalerate, fenpropathrin, and permethrin.
Dry Dog Shampoo/Flea Treatment
Ingredients - Neem Bark Powder, Diatomaceous Earth, Baking Soda, Cedarwood Oil
Directions Mix 1 part neem powder to 1 part DE and 1 part baking soda. Mix in 10 drops of cedar oil for every cup you make. Use a shaker container to shake on your pup. Rub through their fur to the skin then brush.
Ingredients - Dr Bronner’s Soap, Aloe Gel
Directions Mix a 1/4 cup of soap and 1/4 cup of aloe into a quart of water. Store in a squeeze bottle. If your dog has sensitive or irritated skin add a tablespoon of honey.
Ingredients - Dr Bronner’s Soap, Aloe Gel, Neem Oil, Cedarwood Oil
Directions Mix a 1/4 cup of soap and 1/4 cup of aloe into a quart of water. Add 2 teaspoons of neem oil and 2 teaspoons of cedar oil and mix well. Store in a squeeze bottle. If your dog has sensitive or irritated skin add a tablespoon of honey.
Ingredients - Cedarwood Oil, Water
Directions Add 3 tablespoons of cedar oil to a gallon of warm water and use as a final rinse after shampooing your dog.