We've recently saw a dog shampoo that had "natural preservative" listed under ingredients.
This same product claimed this preservative was "gentle and based on the natural amino acid glycine".
Following that clue we can presume the preservative is the bottle is sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.
Pet parents, having made the links between paraben preservatives and endocrine disease and formaldehyde based preservatives and cancer risk are beginning to demand safer preservatives in products that go on dogs.
In response, parabens and the traditional formaldehyde releasing compounds like diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, and DMDM hydantoin (often written as DMDH hydantoin) are being replaced.
Enter a preservative you may not have heard of: Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (also called Sodium HMG).
As opposed to the above formaldehyde releasing compounds that slowly release formaldehyde over time, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate only releases small amounts of formaldehyde under certain conditions.
While sodium hydroxymethylglycinate is "safer" than many of the formaldehyde releasing ingredients that over time release formaldehyde and it is "safer" than paraben preservatives, the lack of available research combined with the potential for formaldehyde release (albeit low), and the potential for allergies and skin / eye irritation makes this a preservative we won't be using in 4-Legger products! I guess it is just as well it is not approved for use in USDA certified organic products!
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You can clean your dog's teeth and gums without synthetic ingredients!
If you are new to the use of essential oils, welcome!
Essential oils are therapeutically beneficial for both you and your pets.
Unfortunately, the quality of essential oils is a confusing smorgasbord with marketing that spans from honesty all the way to misleading claims and outright lies. It can be difficult to find essential oils that are safe to diffuse around your pets or yourself if you are searching based upon what is on the bottle or what the website says or worse, based exclusively on price.
We've got a quick "how to" on the use of pet safe essential oils you can use to make your house smell fresh and clean!
When your dog has a neurological issue, it can be scary. While essential oils aren't miracle cures, they are very beneficial to support neurological conditions, giving your dog the best possible opportunity.
Learn more about the NeuroBoost™ and NeuroBalance™ essential oil blends and why we've integrated them into our own dog's life.