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Lesson 2: Preservatives in Pet Shampoo

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.

Itching, Biting, Chewing, Scratching - Part 3 - Allergies!

If your dog's scratching isn't caused by a parasite it may be time to look at ALLERGIES

Yes, just like humans, your dog can suffer from allergens like mold, pollen, perfumes, smoke, medication, shampoo, and food. Allergies can make your dog's eyes runny, their skin dry/itchy or the opposite - greasy and oily - both resulting in itching, biting, chewing, and scratching! It can also cause sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen paws, and even snoring caused by an inflamed throat.

Itchy, Biting, Chewing, Scratching - Part 2 - Food!

Feeding your dog a low quality diet results in your dog not getting the essential nutrients that make their skin healthy and their coat shiny.  As a result, your dog may have itchy, red, or flaky skin.  

There are as many options on dog food as there are dog breed (maybe more)~ Many people now choose to feed their dog a raw food diet so they can have ultimate control over the quality of the ingredients.

Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

Vitamin E is important to your dog's body to help protect the skin and other cells from free radicals and fight off infection. 

The antioxidant properties of a component within vitamin E make it very valuable in natural products. 

A component of Vitamin E, called Tocopherol, is one of the few ingredients that can be used in certified organic formulations to serve as a preservative - antioxidant.

What Does Saponification Mean? The Key to Pure and Natural Dog Shampoo

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. 

Itching, Biting, Chewing, Scratching - Part 1
Did you know that how often you bathe your dog and the shampoo you use plays a big role in the health of their skin? If you don't bathe your dog regularly, it allows dead skin and hair to buildup causing flaky skin. The frequency of bathing really depends on the dog. On average, a dog with normal skin should be bathed about once a month. If you blow dry your dog, don't set the blow dryer on "high heat" as it can also be drying.
Itchy, Biting, Chewing, Scratching - Part 4 - Thyroid!

The thyroid, a small butterfly like organ in the neck, is responsible for regulating the metabolism of your dog's cellular functions by producing hormones.  When the thyroid is unable to produce enough hormones, usually due to an autoimmune disorder, the result can be an itchy, biting, chewing, scratching dog.  

Years ago one of our own 4-Leggers was diagnosed with hypothyroidism; but not before it was late stage and over 70% of the thyroid was likely damaged.  Since the thyroid can't repair itself, it is important to catch it early.  

Not Soap or Detergent? What is it?!

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.

National Spoil Your Dog Day!

There are an infinite number of ways you can "spoil" your dog.

Need some ideas?

Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil may be added to any body care or cosmetic product, including creams, lotions, facial or body oils, massage oils, shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, lip balm, soap, and any other product. In hair care products, hemp seed oil increases elasticity, manageability, and shine. It is full of amino acids, fatty acids, omega-3, and omega-6. 
How Does Your Dog Sleep? Part 2!

Some days all it takes is to see your dog sleeping and a smile will cross your face. Everything from laying on the back with the feet in the air to curled up in a tiny ball. Have you ever moved your dog in their sleeping position because you were worried about their neck in that position? 

What does their sleeping position tell us about the dog and how does that relate to their sleep cycle?

How Does Your Dog Sleep? Part 1!

The average dog sleeps 12 - 18 hours a day and puppies sleep even longer than that! Dogs that are indoors sleep, on average, more hours a day than outdoor dogs. 

Dogs adapt better to changes in their sleeping cycles than humans.  So, they can sleep Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm; but, on the weekend they can be awake from 8 am - 5 pm.  Their humans tend to do best when they go to bed at the same time every night and wake up around the same time while dogs can adapt their sleep cycle to whatever activity is happening; but, they do need to work off their energy each day to be happy dogs! 

Thunderstorms, Fireworks, & Some Scared 4-Leggers!
This year we have thunderstorms in the afternoon to be followed by fireworks this evening.  This boils down to no outdoor cookout and a lot of loud booming noises outside!  
Did you know that thunder is a lot different than fireworks to a dog? Fireworks are closer to the ground assaulting multiple senses at one time:  eyes, ears, nose.  Too much sensory information can be can overwhelming resulting in panting, shaking, scared dogs.  
The Greenwashing of Natural Dog Shampoo

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. 

International Nomenclature of Dog Shampoo Ingredients
In case you wanted to know the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) of our ingredients, here they are:   Essential Oils Cedarwood Essentail Oil = Cedrus virginiana Sweet Orange Essential Oil = Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Eucalyptus Essential Oil =...
Coconut Oil

We use organic - sustainable - fair trade certified - the highest grade, coconut oil.  As an organic oil, it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. 

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and helps to provide a protective layer, retaining moisture in the skin. As a mild oil, it is very good for use with inflamed and irritated skin, or dogs with skin sensitivities. 

It is also the number one later-producing agent used in soaps. 

Olive Oil

Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil 

About Our Olive Oil: 
We use organic, the highest grade, organic olive oil in our bases.  As an organic oil, it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. 

Olive oil is one of the most universal oils used for cosmetics, shampoo, and in cooking. It has a great conditioning effect and can be used in almost all applications due to its stable nature. 

Jojoba Oil

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil 

Method of Extraction
Cold pressed and unrefined (no solvents or high heat)

About Our JoJoba Oil:
We use organic, the highest grade, jojoba oil.  As an organic oil, it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. 

Jojoba oil comes from the beans of a shrub-like plant that grows in Mexico and the Southern regions of the United States. It is actually a liquid plant wax, not an oil. 

Non-Ingredients: What You Won't Find In 4-Legger's Organic Dog Shampoo
In 2014, as we embarked on our mission to transform the pet grooming industry, we meticulously crafted a list of ingredients that would never be in any of our all natural dog shampoos. While this list originally took shape on a humble notepad, it remains the cornerstone of our commitment to developing safe dog shampoo.