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Unread 08-18-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Is is ok to use baby shampoo to wash the dogs as ive run out of dog shampoo and thought with it being mild maybe it would be ok!

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Unread 08-18-2010, 11:56 AM   #2
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I think if it's a one-time thing yes. I wouldn't use it all the time though.
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it depends on your dogs sensitivity, I have one dog that could not tolerate it at all but he has sensitive skin.

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Human shampoo has a different PH level than dog shampoo which can dry-out and irritate their skin. As Skunkstripe said, if it's just once it might be okay but I really wouldn't use it on a regular basis. C:

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Hi I would be careful as the chemical balance is different in human shampoo and can take out the natrual oil in a dogs skin and make it itchy. How often do you shampoo your dog? Hopefully not once a week unless he/she likes rolling in poop or mud So if I where you and get some ore dog shampoo very soon ATB
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he was absolutely filthy dirty so he needed a bath. Il pick some dog shampoo when im out nxt time. I dont bath them often only if theyve been rolling in something disgusting or if they r smelling really doggy.

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Nooo! As a poster already mentioned, PH balance of human shampoo is much different than dog shampoo. Don't let the "safe for your eyes" fool you, or the fact that it is "baby" shampoo fool you. Dogs skin is much different than humans and it's less oily. You will dry your dogs skin out and make very itchy circumstance.

Please stick to only dog products for your dog. c:
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is this always true? I bathed my 5 month old puppy in baby shampoo a few weeks ago and his coat was so much softer than with his regular puppy shampoo, and i didn't notice any increase of itchy or flakes or anythin out of the ordinary.

granted, i havent tried it again as he hasnt needed a bath, but still.

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Your dog might just be tolerating it better, or you haven't been using it very long. I would still turn to a dog shampoo for best results.
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Not all dogs are created equal when it comes to skin. Labbies for example are more resilient, not surprising since they are expected to spend a lot of time being wet. German Shepherds are known to having sensitive skin. There is a link in that thread I posted about dog skin earlier in this thread, you can make a real science out of it!

Shampoo forulated for humans is likely to have perfoumes, surfactants etc that a dog's skin can react badly to. Sure you might be able to get away with it with one or the other dog or once or twice even on a sensitive dog, but I'd recommend dog shampoo just the same.
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