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The Truth About Antibacterial Dog Shampoo

The Truth About Antibacterial Dog Shampoo

October 24, 2016

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! 

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Organic Dog Shampoo Featured Ingredient: Lemongrass

Organic Dog Shampoo Featured Ingredient: Lemongrass

June 24, 2016

Lemongrass is a natural deodorizing agent so it can take away some of those "you rolled in what?" moments. Learn more about lemongrass in our feature on this rejuvenating ingredient! 

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Is a dog dressed as a bumble bee a dog or a bumble bee?

Is a dog dressed as a bumble bee a dog or a bumble bee?

June 10, 2016

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! 

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Is Phenoxyethanol Safe For Your Dog?

Is Phenoxyethanol Safe For Your Dog?

May 25, 2016

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! 

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Meet the Methyl Sisters

Meet the Methyl Sisters

May 13, 2016

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! 

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The Case of the Itchy Dog: A Dog Parent Mystery

The Case of the Itchy Dog: A Dog Parent Mystery

April 27, 2016

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? 

Learn more...

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Is Your Dog Shampoo Really Hypoallergenic?

Is Your Dog Shampoo Really Hypoallergenic?

April 01, 2016

Your dog has allergies and you want a mild dog shampoo for sensitive skin. You search for shampoo that says, "hypoallergenic and perfect for dogs with sensitive skin and allergies". How do  you know it really is hypoallergenic?

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What is Benzyl Benzoate?

What is Benzyl Benzoate?

February 26, 2016

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!

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A Bath Without Water = A Dog Covered In Environmental Toxins

A Bath Without Water = A Dog Covered In Environmental Toxins

January 22, 2016

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...

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Lesson 6 of Buying a Safe & Non-Toxic Dog Shampoo

Lesson 6 of Buying a Safe & Non-Toxic Dog Shampoo

January 14, 2016

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!

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Lesson 5: Beware of the Dangers from Colors & Fragrances in Your Dog's Shampoo

Lesson 5: Beware of the Dangers from Colors & Fragrances in Your Dog's Shampoo

January 06, 2016

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...

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Lesson 4 of Buying A Safe & Non-Toxic Dog Shampoo: Avoid These 3 Letter Ingredients!

Lesson 4 of Buying A Safe & Non-Toxic Dog Shampoo: Avoid These 3 Letter Ingredients!

January 01, 2016

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. 

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