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Our canine friends just love being messy. Don’t wait for them to groom themselves, because they won’t.

Maintaining proper dog hygiene means using the right products to take care of their fur and skin. You don’t want to use human shampoos as they are not designed to be hypoallergenic and ideal for canine skin. Dog shampoos make it easy to manage sensitive and dry skin as well as controlling fleas and ticks.

Today, we round up ten of the best dog shampoos designed with your pet in mind. You will find anti-bacterial products, hypoallergenic shampoos, and anti-flea/tick shampoos. You will also find scented and organic products designed to combat bad smells.

Remember, not every shampoo will cater to your pooch’s specific needs. Identifying if you are dealing with an allergy, a fungal infection, or any other problem is the first step in finding a shampoo that works.

In Short

After our research, comparing different products, Earthbath All-Natural Pet Shampoo is our number one pick for dogs and puppies. With natural ingredients, it is kind to your canine’s fur leaving it plush and soft.

For dogs with infections, SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula is the right choice for you. And if you want a pet-specific shampoo go for Wahl.

1. Earthbath All Natural Shampoo - Best Overall

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  • It is soap free
  • Contains all natural and biodegradable ingredients
  • Fast and easy to rinse
  • Can be used with sensitive and allergic dogs
  • It’s PH-balanced
  • Moisturizes skin without removing anti-flea applications
  • It’s not ideal for puppies younger than six weeks
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If your dog is used to being bathed, the Earthbath All Natural Shampoo might be an excellent choice. This is a brand renowned for using natural and biodegradable materials. This shampoo combines Aloe Vera and oatmeal as the main ingredients. Main ingredients are enhanced with food-grade extracts of vanilla and almond.

It is the right formula for sensitive and dry skin as it cleanses without drying the skin. If you have a pooch that is overly sensitive and allergic, this product might be the one to keep him from biting and scratching.

You will notice that it lathers up quite fast, which is something we like about Earthbath. Not to mention how well and deep it cleanses. It will make your pet look and feel refreshed. It takes care of the coat and prevents dryness that can cause flaking.

We also like that it detangles curly dog hair and makes it easy to comb through when it is wet. This way, the dog can enjoy bath time instead of running away every time you call him in for a bath. Since it is soap-free, it is pretty easy to rinse and reduce itching. It lifts easily and leaves your dog with a subtle fragrance that lingers for days.

If this shampoo does not work by itself to detangle extremely tangled hair, you can combine it with the Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Condition. You can rest assured it is effective with long hair that tends to tangle.

Better still, it does not wash off an anti-flea application. It will moisturize and promote the healing process if your pup has recently undergone a flea wash.

With all the benefits it brings along, we would like to see Earthbath improve the packaging as some products arrive damaged. Otherwise, it is a best seller because it performs as stipulated.

Summary

Your furry friend can spend as much time as he wants on your furniture after having a bath with the Earthbath All Natural Shampoo. It is a shampoo useful for most dogs. You will find it effective at not only removing dirt and nasty smells, but also at taking care of sensitive and allergic skin.

2. Wahl Dog/Puppy Shampoo - Best for Puppies

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  • Uses gentle, plant-derived ingredients
  • Removes odors
  • Comes in a large 24-ounce bottle
  • Lathers fast and easy
  • Protects dry and itchy skin
  • It is PEG-80 free
  • Its hypoallergenic properties might not help certain puppies
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Puppies need a little more care than grown dogs. If you have a loved pup, you will want to take care of their skin with the Wahl shampoo. It is made with puppies in mind.

This is an oatmeal shampoo that contains plant-derived ingredients. These include; coconut, lime, aloe vera, and lemon verbena. All of these ingredients moisturize dry skin, and they are gentle on puppy skin.

You will love that it is tear-free such that your pup will not experience any irritations if he likes to splash during wash time. Another bonus is that it is paraben and alcohol-free. And if your puppy tends to pick up odors, Wahl shampoo neutralizes every bad smell and leaves your puppy free to roam every inch of your house.

By avoiding harsh chemicals, this shampoo is also gentle to your hands. You will not experience any dryness plus it lathers quickly and rinses off easy. You don’t have to wonder if the shampoo is doing its thing as it takes care of dog fur. If you own puppies with medium or long hair, this shampoo will keep their fluffy instead of making it matted.

With a 24-ounce bottle, it will be a while before you need a refill. This shampoo will not protect your puppy from fleas. You will want to invest in the Wahl flea and tick shampoo for more protection.

Summary

Wahl is a specialist when it comes to dog shampoos. We feel this puppy shampoo does what is designed to do for most puppies. From helping with sensitive skin to neutralizing odors and being gentle to puppies’ fur, it does everything your puppy needs.

3. Pro Pet Works Natural Oatmeal - for Allergies

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  • It is vet-recommended
  • Works great with most allergies
  • No added colors or harsh chemicals
  • Moisturizes dry skin
  • Soap-free and PH-balanced
  • Contains vitamins A, E, and D
  • It’s a bit expensive
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Dogs are more susceptible to allergies since they are prone to harboring microorganisms. Using a random shampoo can make the itching worse instead of soothing it. The Pro Pets Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is vet-recommended for every pet with allergies to fleas, grass, and even food.

It does not use any colors or fragrance making it one the gentlest dog shampoos out there. You will find it exceptional if your furry friend tends to sneeze during washes. Being PH-balanced, it is also made for dry skin. It is tear-free, which means that it won’t irritate the eyes or nose of your dog during the wash.

This shampoo has almond oil and aloe vera as its main ingredients. These contents are known to give therapeutic effects. Your pup should experience a calming effect that might help combat over-scratching. Bear in mind that the calming effect isn’t long-term.

It is soap-free, so you can use it as often as you’d like without drying out the pup’s skin.

This shampoo is, however, not the most affordable shampoo that comes in a 17-ounce bottle. It may not do as well when stacked against the much more affordable Synergy Labs that will fight infections too.

Summary

Pro Pets has perfected a blend of ingredients to soothe your little pal’s allergies. It is one of the top-performing dog shampoos for a good reason. By not irritating the eyes and nose most dog owners will appreciate the convenience it brings to every wash time.

4. SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula - Best for Managing Infections

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  • Acts fast to heal parasitic, bacterial, and fungal infections
  • It is a cheap option for shampoo and medication in one
  • Hydrates and heals itchy, flaky skin
  • Contains vet-recommended coal tar, micronized sulfur, and salicylic acid
  • Cannot be used on puppies less than one year old
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Is there no end in sight for your dog’s skin infections? SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula is great against seborrhea and mange. It also combats fungal, bacterial, and parasitic infections.

Praised for how fast it acts, this shampoo will save you a trip to the veterinary and save you money in the process. The medicated shampoo works as a treatment regimen that will clean your pup’s skin and fur in the same session. If your dog is severely infected, you start the treatment by washing your pet 2-3 times per week. Most people see improvements in the first two weeks, after that, you can reduce the applications to once or twice a week.

You are probably wondering about the ingredients in this formula. SynergyLabs uses salicylic acid, micronized sulfur, and coal tar to cure infections within a short time frame. The inclusion of colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera helps to soothe and promote healing of the affected areas.

Also, this shampoo is paraben and soap-free. It is probably the best for sensitive and dry skin, as it will never aggravate dry skin conditions. You can expect to see less flaking, which only improves with every application.

As always, you will want to identify the underlying cause of infections since it may not work on all dogs. And again, you cannot use it on other pets like cats because of the coal tar.

Summary

Every dog parent deserves a fun time with their furry friends. The SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula allows you to spend more quality time with your pet. It works fast and is effective against most of the infections that affect your little pals.

5. Paws & Pals - for Dry Skin

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  • Contains moisturizing oatmeal
  • Combines oatmeal and essential oils
  • It is soap and tear-free
  • Lathers fast with less detangling involved
  • It is affordably priced
  • It has some artificial fragrance
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The Paws & Pals oatmeal dog shampoo is not only affordable but is also veterinary-recommended for dry, itchy skin. You don’t need to spend more if you only want to control itching before it gets the better of your pup.

Paws & Pals contains soothing Aloe Vera and rosemary for a nice scent that lingers longer but is not too strong to causes sneezes. Combining these ingredients with oatmeal brings out the soothing effect of the formula. It helps the shampoo act fast while moisturizing your dog’s skin.

Hot spots make pups unhappy, and you will want to relieve the symptoms as fast as possible. Since this shampoo is tear and soap-free, you can use it often. It has a calming effect that lessens the scratching that causes hot spots.

You might want to soak your dog for a bit longer for the formula to work. You might need to use it with other medications to completely remove the itching. You will have to find out whether adding organic virgin coconut oil can help against heavy scratching.

Summary

Paws & Pals is a budget-friendly option formulated with oils and ingredients that greatly improve dry and itchy skin. Bear in mind that it might not be a suitable choice for every dog.

6. Furminator Ultra-Premium - to Reduce Shedding

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  • Contains Omega 3, 6, and fatty acids
  • It has a subtle scent
  • De-sheds dogs during the first use
  • Removes undercoat without affecting the top coat
  • Needs combining with the Furminator de-shedding conditioner
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The Furminator dog shampoo is uniquely formulated to reduce shedding. It actively promotes a healthy coat and skin. Furminator is cheap, and you only need to use it once or twice a week for heavy shedders. It is also recommended for regular furmination once a month.

Some of the main ingredients of this shampoo are omega 3, 6 and fatty acids.  They protect against excessive shedding, so you won’t have to remove pet hair from the furniture and clothes every day.

With the use of papaya leaf extract and calendula, your pup’s undercoat can be released naturally without affecting the top coat. Every application comes with great benefits as you can detangle hair you didn’t know was tangled. Combining the Furminator shampoo with a brush from the same brand works great.

The fruit flavor of this shampoo can make some dogs want to eat it. Don’t leave the shampoo within your dog’s reach if he enjoys fruit flavors. This shampoo works best with the Furminator conditioner. It is an added expense but not as expensive as taking your pup to a groomer.

Summary

Don’t lose your head over how much pet hair is in your house. Furminator lets you take control with a formula that works great. It is raved about for its magic-like formula, that is effective and efficient for heavy shedders.

7. Curaseb

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  • Ketoconazole and chlorhexidine heal and sooth infected skin
  • Leaves a pleasant fragrance
  • Works to combat a wide variety of infections
  • It has a money back guarantee even if the bottle is empty
  • Can deal with seasonal allergies
  • It is a bit costly
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Dogs love exploring the world around them. Instead of trying to ground them, get them the Curaseb Medicated shampoo. It is perhaps the only shampoo you will need for fungal infections that are a result of spending time in dirt and grime.

With ketoconazole and chlorhexidine, the shampoo works to heal and prevent further infections. It will deal with bacteria, fungus, yeast, ringworm, and pyoderma. It doubles its effectiveness by using cucumber melon scent to remove odors and replace them with a pleasant one.

Apart from the two medicinal ingredients, this shampoo also contains Aloe Vera to soothe itchy skin. It brings total relief and makes your pup’s coat whiter and brighter thanks to chlorhexidine. Don’t worry, because chlorhexidine is not harmful to dogs.

As good as it is, Curaseb is more expensive than other dog shampoos with similar medicating effects. It also needs a daily application if you want long lasting results.

Summary

Despite the high price, Curaseb is one of the most sought-after dog shampoos. It combats various infections efficiently, so that everyday life with your furry friend is not affected. The shampoo has proved excellent against persistent fungal infections and some that may have gone untreated for a long time. It makes caring for your furry little friends an easy task.

8. Miracle Coat Dog Shampoo - Best Waterless

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  • Ideal for old and injured dogs
  • Keeps hair detangled between washes
  • All ingredients are natural and pharmaceutical grade
  • Can get rid of itches when combined with other shampoos
  • Leaves a soft refreshed coat
  • It has a strong smell
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If your dog has an injury or is too old to get in the tub, Miracle Coat Dog Shampoo is the brand for you. It works just like any other shampoo only that you don’t need to rinse it with gallons of water. It requires lathering up, patting down with a towel and brushing down to get the cleansing and moisturizing effects of a good wash.

This shampoo uses a noiseless sprayer that prevents dogs that don’t like water from getting scared. It has pharmaceutical-grade and natural ingredients some of which include citric acid, tea tree leaf oil, comfrey, and clove extracts. These ingredients give it the rinse-less quality that keeps hair detangled even between washes.

You will love that you can choose between a large 32-ounce bottle or a 12-ounce one that you can carry on trips. Your pooch can spend their time in puddles, and you can have them clean and ready for the trip back in a couple of minutes.

The only thing that you may not like is the scent which may be too overbearing. Fortunately, it dissipates away after a day or two, so you’ll not have to stomach it for too long.

Summary

Bath times can be stressful for dogs that don’t like water or are too old. That is why we recommend the Miracle Coat Dog Shampoo. It is a rinse-less option that works perfectly to groom dogs the same way a regular dog shampoo does. It can save the time and money you would spend going to a groomer, if you don’t mind the strong scent.

9. 4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo - for Sensitive Skin

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  • It uses all-natural ingredients
  • It can keep away fleas and ticks
  • It has recyclable packaging
  • Contains natural moisturizers for sensitive skin
  • It is safe to use on puppies under three months
  • It can irritate the eyes
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Getting the ideal shampoo for your dog can be a bit difficult. But if you have identified that your pup has sensitive skin, it’s only right that you invest in a shampoo that will work exactly as you’d like. The 4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo is one such brand thanks to the use of organic ingredients that make it hypoallergenic.

Aloe Vera, lemongrass, olive oil, coconut, and jojoba oils, are some of its main ingredients. It is safe to use on dogs with either normal, dry, sensitive, or itchy skin, including puppies. It blends a formula that moisturizes and conditions the coat and skin. The formula makes sure that you won’t spend a lot of time detangling and brushing down your pet.

This shampoo also deters fleas. It is a preventive product if you do not regularly perform pest control procedures. This way, you can let your pooch roam free since you will be there to take care of him. A good feature of this shampoo is that it doesn’t include paraben, alcohol, soap, and sulfate.

Some users have noticed that, due to the slimy consistency of the shampoo, they have to apply a fair amount. Despite the slimy consistency, the shampoo lathers easily. You may have to replace your bottle sooner than you’d like, and it is not the cheapest of the pack.

Summary

Finally, a shampoo that is perhaps the safest brand you will ever use. 4-Legger has listed all their ingredients to ensure there is no guesswork in their formula. You won’t have to worry about the effects of this shampoo on your puppies – it can be used even on 10-week-old puppies.

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  • It is cheap and does not need frequent application
  • Lathers easily and smells great
  • Kills ticks and fleas on first application
  • It causes minimal breakouts and irritations
  • Prevents flea eggs from hatching
  • May not work well with severe infestations
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Keep out fleas and ticks on a budget with Adams. Using this shampoo on your pet is the first step you’ll have to take if you want to combat itching. It gets rid of the parasites that cause your pet to scratch, and it combats allergic reactions.

With Pyrethrins, Pyriproxyfen, and Piperonyl Butoxide as its main ingredients, it kills pests quickly on the first application. It is good against lice, but it also keeps off mosquitoes, gnats, and flies. It works in three stages; cleaning, conditioning, deodorizing.

You will like the fact that it’s easy to brush down your dog after a bath. You will also notice that the shampoo eliminates nasty odors. It has coconut, aloe vera, and lanolin that together work to moisturize and leave your dog smelling great.

It’s always important to do thorough house and yard cleaning to prevent frequent infestation. Adams has a line of carpet, home, and garden sprays that can perform inch to inch cleansing. The product also prevents flea eggs from hatching for up to 30 days.

This shampoo cannot be used on puppies under 12 weeks. It is also difficult to control fleas in areas where insects are rampant like in the woods.

Summary

Adams Fleas and Tick shampoo plays a major role in controlling fleas. It is excellent as a complement to other flea and tick brands designed to kill flea eggs. It is the kind you grab when you want to not only control parasites but also moisturize and condition your pet’s fur and coat.

Dog Shampoo Buyer’s Guide

Dog shampoos are an important tool in every dog lover’s arsenal. They keep your best friend clean and smelling lovely. Some dog shampoos can combat various ailments, the others can revitalize your pet’s coat.

The biggest problem is finding a good dog shampoo. There are way too many products on the market, and not all of them are a good choice.

We decided to help you out by learning more about shampoos for dogs and presenting you with the unbiased information. We’ve researched the topic for a long time, so you don’t have to.

Types of Dog Shampoos

The market offers plenty of different dog shampoos. Some of them are used to fight against parasites, while the others detangle your dog’s fur. Before you can purchase a good dog shampoo, you need to familiarize yourself with the different types of shampoos.

Cleaning & Protection Shampoos

As the name implies, these dog shampoos are used to clean your pet and provide it with protection.

  • Anti-flea & tick: Fleas and ticks are a problem, but not without a solution. Anti-flea and anti-tick shampoos do wonder at combating nasty skin parasites. Some of them could irritate the skin of your dog. So, make sure to consult your vet before purchasing an anti-flea/tick shampoo.
  • Conditioners: Some dogs have fur that gets tangled in a matter of moments. Luckily, dog conditioners make the coat soft, and thus easier to brush. If your buddy has problems with tangled fur, think about purchasing a conditioner.
  • Natural: Natural shampoos aren’t necessarily created to combat a parasite or a certain condition. Most of them are used to give healthy baths to your dogs. If your dog has sensitive skin, then you should think about getting a natural shampoo for dogs.
  • Deodorizers: Some dogs have a tendency to smell bad. They might enjoy rummaging through garbage, or they got so dirty that they smell awful. Deodorizers are a great choice if you want to make your pet smell lovely again.
  • Whitening: Whitening shampoos, most of the time, serve cosmetic purposes. If you need a way to enhance your pet’s coat before a dog show, a whitening shampoo might do the trick.
  • Puppy: Puppies have more tender skin than adult dogs. So, bathing them with a “normal” dog shampoo might do more harm than good. Our advice is to buy a specialized puppy shampoo that doesn’t irritate their eyes and skin.

Medicated Shampoos

If you notice that your best bud has greasy fur or scratches a lot, then a problem may be present. Medicated shampoos are supposed to help you combat a certain health problem. But, before you buy a medicated shampoo, please consult your vet.

  • Anti-itching: Some dogs have a tendency to scratch and bite an itchy area until it bleeds. If you want to help your dog, then think about getting an anti-itching shampoo. Before you purchase an anti-itching shampoo, take your dog to a vet, because the problem could be greater than you think.
  • Anti-parasitic: Anti-parasitic shampoos are similar to anti-flea shampoos. The difference is that fleas aren’t the only parasite they combat. If your dog suffers from a parasitic infestation, an anti-parasitic shampoo might help.
  • Anti-seborrheic: Some dogs have skin problems that cause them to develop dandruff. If you notice that your pal has dandruff, an anti-seborrheic shampoo could be helpful.
  • Anti-fungal: If you notice a fungal infection on your dog, don’t worry. Anti-fungal shampoos are created to combat fungus. But, before you apply an anti-fungal shampoo, visit your vet. They will explain how the fungal infection appeared in the first place.
  • Hypoallergenic: Hypoallergenic shampoos are the best choice for dogs with sensitive skin and fur. If you want to avoid problems that come with shampoos loaded with chemicals, a hypoallergenic shampoo might be what your dog needs.

Healthy Shampoo Ingredients

Not all the dog shampoos are created equal. There are a couple of ingredients that have proven their usefulness in treating dog fur and skin. Before you can purchase a dog shampoo that your buddy will love, you need to know which ingredients to look for.

Aloe vera and almond oil are good at preventing dryness and itching. Oatmeal is another useful ingredient. It deals well with skin irritation and dryness.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a good ingredient that keeps your dog’s fur shiny and healthy. Vitamin E helps to soothe dry skin, while coconut oil combats itching.

Besides the mentioned ingredients, you could also search for shampoos containing vitamin A, olive oil, and lime.

Ingredients You Should Avoid

Unfortunately, many dog shampoos contain certain ingredients that you should avoid. Most of those ingredients can cause allergies, but some can cause greater problems.

First of all, avoid artificial colors and artificial fragrances. There are so many lovely natural fragrances out there, that you don’t need to risk your dog’s health with artificial ones.

It is important to avoid sulfates like ammonium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. They cause more harm than good.

Paraben preservatives, like butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben are known for being stored in the body. They can cause reproductive issues, and in the worst cases – cancer.

While there are more ingredients that you should avoid, they are too numerous to mention. If you want to be sure that you are getting a healthy shampoo for your dog, go for an all-natural shampoo.