Dogs have sensitive skin, too!

More and more you hear about dogs with skin and other allergies.  This is because, like us, they are exposed to toxic substances in the home and in their bathing products which can eventually cause skin, and other, sensitivities.

Just read the label on that bottle of dog shampoo under your sink.  You will see all the usual culprits found in commercially produced soaps PLUS you will see all kinds of chemicals to control fleas and ticks.  Most of our pets, pampered or not, are on some sort of flea and tick regimen.  It’s not necessary to bathe them in those harsh chemicals too!  Here are some of the common chemicals found in commercially produced dog shampoo that you should never use on your pet:

  • Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate — This is what makes your shampoo foam up and is called a surfactant. In recent years SLS has come under scrutiny for being too irritating and damaging to the hair follicle, causing skin damage and more. Most human salon and grocery store brands still have some form of this surfactant in thier formulas.
  • Tar — a known cancer-causing agent
  • Co Co Amide — a known cancer causing agent in animals
  • Propylene Glycol — a form of mineral oil that retains moisture in the coat; can be a skin irritant.
  • Mineral Oil, Methyl Paraben and Propyl Paraben — may cause allergic reactions
  • Ethyl Alcohol (found in synthetic fragrances used in some shampoos) — may cause allergic reactions and dry out your dog’s coat
  • Parabens- are one of the most commonly used preservatives and certainly the most controversial. In recent years concerns have been raised that parabens could cause allergic reactions, disrupt our hormonal systems and even contribute to breast cancer. The theory is that even though any given product contains extremely small amounts of parabens, over time they may build up to toxic levels because they are found in so many of the products we use each day. Parabens, including methyl-, butyl-, ethyl-, and propyl-, may cause skin irritation, and there is concern that parabens may be linked to the development of breast cancer. While the evidence isn’t totally concrete, it’s best to steer clear!

Do these chemicals sound familiar?  They should – we’ve been telling you  not to use them on your body.

Enter all natural soap from Two Little Blackbirds.  All of our soaps are pet friendly because they do not contain any artificial ingredients or harsh chemicals.  Your favorite four legged friend will receive the same benefits from using our soap as you do – moisturizing butters and oils that help their coats shine and keep their skin happy.

We understand some dogs need a little extra help in the deodorization department.  Don’t cover up that odor with artificially scented products that can cause skin irritation. Our Bamboo Charcoal Soap is perfect for neutralizing that doggie odor. All of our soaps clean effectively, safely and gently.

Does your dog have itchy skin?  Try our Oatmeal Honey Soap with Vitamin E. The oatmeal will soothe irritated and itchy skin and will leave your dogs coat shiny and clean.

I was reading where someone was espousing the benefits of dog shampoo over human shampoo for dogs because human shampoo “strips the oils from the hair”.  YUK!  Why is anyone using this on their own hair?   Our soaps not only DO NOT strip out the natural oils from skin and hair, they actually add back needed moisture.

Keep your dogs skin and coat healthy with our all natural soaps.  No artificial colors or fragrances – ever!



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