Can I Use Human Shampoo On My Wrinkly Dog?

There are a lot of different types of shampoo on the market these days. It can be confusing to try and figure out which one is right for your dog, especially if they have specific needs like dry skin or wrinkles. You may be wondering if you can just use your own shampoo on your wrinkly doggo. In this article, we will discuss why you should never use human shampoo on dogs and what to use instead.

Human Shampoo

Human shampoo is actually one of the worst things you could use on your wrinkly dog. Dogs have a different pH balance than humans. The pH level of human skin is between 4.5 and 5.5, while dog skin pH is between 6 and 8 depending on the breed. This may not seem like a big difference, but it can have a huge impact on your dog's skin and coat.

When you use human shampoo on your dog, it can throw off the pH balance which will dry out their skin and make their fur brittle. It can also strip away the natural oils that protect their skin from the elements. This can lead to irritation, redness, and even infection.

Human shampoos can also have many ingredients that are irritants and allergens to dogs. For example, essential oils, aloe, fragrance, and lanolin are common ingredients in many human shampoos that can cause irritation or an allergic reaction to your dog's skin and wrinkles.

Dog Shampoo

There are a number of shampoos on the market that are specifically designed for dogs. These shampoos will be gentle on your dog's skin and won't strip away the natural oils that they need to stay healthy.

When choosing a shampoo for your wrinkly dog, look for one that is designed for their specific needs. If they have dry skin, look for a shampoo that has moisturizing properties. If they are prone to allergies, look for a hypoallergenic shampoo. You can also talk to your veterinarian about what type of shampoo would be best for your dog.

In Between Baths

One thing to remember is that wrinkly dogs such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs, do not need to take a bath as regularly as other dog breeds. Bathing them too often can strip the natural oils from their skin causing more irritation or even infection.

To keep them clean in between baths, use Squishface Wrinkle Wipes to clean any dirt or debris that gets stuck in their skin folds and wrinkles. These wipes are specifically designed to be gentle on wrinkly dog skin. They do not include harsh chemicals or any irritants or allergens that can be so harmful to your dog's skin.

Our wipes also have phytosphingosine in them. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide with anti-inflammatory and microbe repelling properties. It helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in the skin barrier which is critical in helping keep the skin healthy.

After using Squishface Wrinkle Wipes, follow with Squishface Wrinkle Paste. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface to keep moisture, yeast, fungus, and other bacteria away.

The Bottom Line

Never use human shampoo on your wrinkly dog. It can cause irritation, dryness, and even infection. Instead, look for a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs. If you are unsure which one to choose, talk to your veterinarian. In between baths, use Squishface Wrinkle Wipes and Wrinkle Paste to keep your dog's skin and wrinkles clean and healthy.

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