Think you're protecting your dog by using antibacterial dog shampoo?
Learn the truth about antibacterial dog shampoo and why it is important to the long term health of your furry family member!
How do you answer that question?
We think a dog dressed as a bumble bee is still a dog wearing a cute disguise. It is still however a dog.
The same question could be asked of DMDM Hydantoin. Is it still formaldehyde? Find out in the ingredient deep dive blog!
Phenoxyethanol is used primarily as a preservative and sometimes as a disinfectant in dog grooming products.
While it is an organic compound, that doesn't mean that it is certified organic. Let's dive in and see what this means in terms of safety for your dog!
Ok. The Methyl sisters aren't dogs but these dogs do kinda look like sisters and they were way cuter than chemical structures!
The methyl sisters are two preservatives you find in many so called "natural" dog shampoos. Discover the true origin of these preservatives in Meet the Methyl Sisters!
Your furry family member is scratching... and scratching... and scratching. They are miserable. You are miserable.
Did you know that traditional pet grooming products have links to dry and itchy skin?
Someone recently searched the 4-Legger website for "benzyl benzoate" and there zero search results. We decided to fix that!
What is benzyl benzoate, when might it be used, and is it safe? We have the answers!
The oils on your dog's skin and coat give your dog its distinct odor. They also serve to protect your dog against environmental toxins and are important for healthy skin and coat. Dirt and pollution accumulate naturally on a daily basis and need to be removed from the skin and scalp so the follicle remains clear, balanced, breathing and growing.
Waterless dog shampoo is intended to absorb excess oils - making the coat appear less oily and "clean".
In fact, waterless dog shampoo retains the environmental toxins on your dog's skin and coat where they can then lick it off and ingest it!
Want to see what they may be ingesting? Take a look...
Buying a natural dog shampoo isn't easy these days. Manufacturers have learned that adding the word “natural” to dog grooming product labels equals increased sales and higher prices.
Channel your inner bloodhound and learn how to discern between a truly naturally shampoo an imposter! Then, pin our infographic to help make smart decisions for you and your dog!
Research has established that artificial fragrance and colors are THE most common cause of allergic reactions in humans. Why not dogs? The research hasn't been done but it stands to reason since these synthetic ingredients have been linked to serious health problems such as cancer and reproductive and developmental toxicity.
You may not see an immediate change in your dog's skin from using a product with an artificial color or fragrance and blow off the health concerns. You will wake up when your dog's skin becomes infected, is itching/scratching, has an obvious infection, or is diagnosed with cancer or some other serious health condition.
Learn more about the hidden dangers of artificial color and fragrances...
So, what is TEA?
TEA, MEA, and DEA are in a group of chemicals called ethanolamines. The ethanolamines are made from alcohol (ethanol) and proteins (amines) that have ammonia-like odors. Of course, manufacturers use artificial fragrance to cover up the ammonia-like odors so you don't smell them.
What do they do?
Ethanolamines are popular in dog shampoo as they create a creamy and thick texture with lots of foam.
Why Should You Be Concerned?
When ethanolamines are used in the same product as certain preservatives or other ingredients, they break down into nitrogen and can form what is called nitrosamines. The nitrosamines are a class of chemicals that are are thought to be carcinogenic, have reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, and organ system toxicity.