Why You Must Avoid Parabens In Dog Shampoo

Why You Do Not Want Parabens In Your Dog's Shampoo

March 17, 2019 3 min read

Learn why parabens in dog shampoo is a big deal and why you do not want to use dog shampoo that has parabens in the ingredients.
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Is Phenoxyethanol Really an All Natural Dog Shampoo Ingredient?

Is Phenoxyethanol Really an All Natural Dog Shampoo Ingredient?

July 21, 2018 2 min read 1 Comment

Is Phenoxyethanol really an all natural dog shampoo ingredient? Is it safer than paraben?

How can you tell dog shampoo is truly natural, safe and non-toxic? 

Pet parents who care about ingredients should read this. 

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Is Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate a Natural Preservative?

Is Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate a Natural Preservative?

August 05, 2017 2 min read

Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate is a preservative based on the naturally occurring amino acid glycine. Does that mean the preservative is natural?

We've got the answer!  

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4-Legger dog shampoo ingredient database will help you quickly identify if an ingredient is safe, non-toxic, organic, synthetic, or all natural

Learn About Ingredients to Find a Safe and Non-Toxic Organic Dog Shampoo

July 07, 2017 13 min read

Are Your Dog's Shampoo Ingredients Really Safe?
Tired or seeing so many (so called) "organic dog shampoos" on the market that contain synthetic chemicals?

4-Legger has created a dog shampoo ingredient database where pet parents can quickly identify if an ingredient is really safe or if it is in fact a synthetic chemical with links to safety concerns.

Grab your dog's shampoo bottle and look up a few ingredients. You may be shocked at what you find! 

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Parabens in Organic Dog Shampoo?

The Risk of Parabens in Your Dog's Shampoo

March 14, 2017 3 min read

Can a dog shampoo be organic and contain paraben?

Should you risk using a dog shampoo that contains parabens on your dog? 

We look at the scientific evidence on parabens so you can decide. 

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Why You Should Care About Nitrosamines in Dog Shampoo

February 19, 2017 2 min read 1 Comment

You won't see nitrosamines listed as an ingredient on the dog shampoo label. The presence of nitrosamines poses health risks to your dog. Learn what to look for so you can avoid risking your dog's health! 
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Antibacterial Dog Shampoo | Anti-Fungal Dog Shampoo | Organic Dog Shampoo

The Truth About Antibacterial Dog Shampoo

October 24, 2016 4 min read

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 2 min read

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 2 min read

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 2 min read 1 Comment

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 2 min read 1 Comment

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 4 min read 4 Comments

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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Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo | Organic Dog Shampoo

Is Your Dog Shampoo Really Hypoallergenic?

April 01, 2016 3 min read 1 Comment

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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Benzyl Benzoate in Dog Shampoo | Organic Dog Shampoo

What is Benzyl Benzoate?

February 26, 2016 2 min read 1 Comment

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 8 min read 1 Comment

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

January 14, 2016 4 min read 2 Comments

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 3 min read

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!

January 01, 2016 2 min read

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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Lesson 3: Bubbles are Fun but may Irritate to Your Dog's Skin!

Lesson 3: Bubbles are Fun but may Irritate to Your Dog's Skin!

December 21, 2015 3 min read

While there are a number of chemical ingredients that can make a product sudsy and produce a lot of lather, the most commonly used are the sulfates.  Sulfates are detergents that make the product lather, give the appearance of sleek and shiny fur/hair, and capture the dirt that washes out in the rinse. The sulfates also strip the natural oils from your dog's skin/coat and irritate their skin. Unless the irritations become infected, you will likely never notice as you don't see their skin under all that fur/hair! 

Learn more about sulfates and their cancer causing byproducts in Lesson 3 of buying a safe and non-toxic dog shampoo. 

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Lesson 2: Preservatives in Pet Shampoo

Lesson 2: Preservatives in Pet Shampoo

December 15, 2015 3 min read

Lesson 2 looks at preservatives - the chemical substances used to prevent food or other materials (such as your pet’s shampoo) from going bad.

Unless you make a product at home and kept it refrigerated, you do want “something” in your product to keep it from growing bad stuff. Otherwise, you and your pet could get sick from what is growing in it (mold, fungus, yeast, or bacteria).

Let’s look at the difference between USDA certified organic dog shampoo and other dog shampoo.

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The Marketing of “Natural” Dog Shampoo - Lesson 1 in Selecting a Safe and Non-Toxic Product

November 13, 2015 2 min read

Did you know that Amazon.com boasts over 3600 products under "dog shampoo" in the category of Pet Supplies? How many different brands of dog shampoo are on the shelves in your local pet supply store?

There are so many pet care products and shampoos that they are broken into sub-categories: Deodorizing (also called Odor Control), Medicated, Natural, Tearless, Whitening, Dematting, Flea and Tick, Itch Relief, Sensitive Skin, Hyopallergenic, and the list goes on...

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Organic Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo - 4-Legger

What Does Saponification Mean?

October 06, 2015 2 min read

Saponification refers to the process by which a vegetable oil is turned into soap! It's a simple reaction that occurs when an oil, like coconut, olive or jojoba is mixed with an alkali and results in two products: soap and glycerin. 

Literally, saponification means "soap-making" and oils are chosen based on what final properties of soap is desired. For instance, if you saponify coconut oil, the result is a very bubbly and glycerin-rich soap. Glycerin is an important product for its usefulness in helping retain moisture and prevent dry, itchy skin. Olive oil creates a very creamy soap that is rich with antioxidants. 

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Greenwashing of Dog Shampoo | Find a Safe Dog Shampoo | Best Dog Shampoo

Not Soap or Detergent? What is it?!

September 11, 2015 2 min read

The greenwashing of products REALLY upsets us! Today, we look at something that just left me feeling like a cartoon with question marks in my head. Here is what I read: 

Not Soap or Detergent? What is it?

Let's break down this bullet. It is both without soap and without detergent yet it contains "naturally derived ingredients with a proprietary blend of cleaners" (blah blah blah). Soap and detergent are not the same thing. Soaps are produced from NATURAL products while detergents are SYNTHETIC (or man-made) cleaners.

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The Greenwashing of Natural Dog Shampoo

The Greenwashing of Natural Dog Shampoo

July 02, 2015 4 min read

Like many consumers, we believed if something said "natural" it was "safe". We learned that there are NO industry regulations for what can be labeled as "natural" and "organic". 

We read about "greenwashing" - making things sound healthy and natural when in reality they are far from what we have in our minds as "natural or organic". Unless a product is USDA certified to food grade standards, it is NOT organic. 

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