Written by: Charles Chid Top
10 Known Ingredients that Irritate Our Dogs' Skin Dogs, just like humans, have sensitive skin, and sometimes the shampoo that is used to wash them has ingredients that are harmful and irritate their skin. In fact,according to Nationwide Pet Insurance, one of the biggest reasons why dogs are often taken to the vet is allergies. It is estimated that dog allergies cancost the dog owners up to 183 dollars every visit. If you have been struggling with allergies for your dog, then you will find this article a helpful resource. Here are the top ten ingredients that irritate our dogs’ skin according to the country’s top veterinarians.
1.Surfactants These are chemicals that help remove dirt and produce foam or lather which then makes the whole shampooing process easier. The most common of these are sulfates, and this could be the reason why many shampoos without sulfates generally do not lather well. The most popular surfactants that cause irritation include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which has also been known to cause dryness of skin or hair loss. Other surfactants include Ammonium lauryl sulfate, Coco Amides and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
2.Preservatives Several chemicals used as preservatives actually do more harm than good. Parabens, for instance, runthe risk of causing endocrine interruption in dogs. Phenoxyethanol, which is often used as an alternative to parabens, may cause mild irritation and is not a recommended product, especially for sensitive dogs.
3.Artificial Fragrance Be especially wary when one dog products and shampoos list fragrance as an ingredient. It is often an intentionally vague representation of the ingredients. Artificial fragrance can come from thousands of chemicals, none of which are often specified. These chemicals can cause irritation and allergies, and might even go as far as causing respiratory distress and respiratory issues.
4.Phthalates These are another group of ingredients that are not often listed on the label. Any shampoo or product that has fragrance listed as one of the ingredients most likely has phthalates. These cause hormone disruptors and endocrine system issues, with symptoms manifesting as irritation on the dog’s skin.
5.Formaldehyde preservatives It is unlikely that one will see formaldehyde as an ingredient, but the truth is that it is still present. When it started receiving bad press, it was reformulated into what experts refer to as a slow releasing compound, one which releases formaldehyde in small amounts over time. The chemical that breaks down and releases formaldehyde is diazolidinyl urea. This chemical has been known to trigger immune responses that result in burning, itching, scaling and blistering of skin. In fact, according to some experts, there is a chance this chemical could be linked to cancer. This has not been extensively tested though.
6.Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)This chemical is a humectant, meaning its core purpose is to help the skin retain moisture. It is a known skin irritant, but like the other chemicals mentioned, also has scarie radverse effects. It is a penetration enhancer, which makes it a carrier for other chemicals. It enhances the chances of other chemicals crossing through the skin into the bloodstream.
7.Bleach Many forms of bleach contain the chemical sodium hypochlorite, which has been known to harm andirritate the skin and paws of the dogs. Even though bleach is not necessarily a chemical that is found in shampoos, it is commonly found in other domestic cleaning agents, and dogs might get exposed to it when it is used on floors and surfaces that the dog runs and plays. One possible solution would be to clean these surfaces thoroughly with water before you let the dogs enter.
8.Triclosan This is another chemical that has been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inhuman hand and body washes. Other countries where it is banned include Canada and Japan. When used on dogs, it is likely to cause an endocrine disruption and irritation.
9.De-icing salts This is especially a problem for those areas of the world that experience extremely cold temperatures. In such regions, de-icing salts are used on highways, sidewalks and roadways. They can burn, crack and irritate the skin and paws of the dog. Dogs like to lick their paws after coming in fromoutside, the chemicals found in the de-icing salts like sodium chloride,potassium chloride and calcium magnesium acetate might cause internal electrolyte problems which then lead to illness.
10.Anti-flea spray Another group of products that many people do not realize causes these reactions is the anti-flea sprays. Many flea control products have such ingredients as limonene,pyrethroids and pyrethrin. These chemicals, together with those that are derived from citrus oils, can cause itching sensations on the dog’s skin and breathing difficulties.
This list of chemicals to avoid has several lessons. First, it is important to understand exactly what one is using for and around the dog. Just like one would be careful when buying products for themselves, the dog’s skin is perhaps just as sensitive. Secondly,not every harmful ingredient will be listed, at least not explicitly. What this means is there are many generalizations and hidden ingredients. For instance,shampoo that has phthalates might simply have fragrance’ listed as an ingredient. This is why such informative pieces are helpful. With such information at one’s fingertips, it gets easier to spot these hidden’ descriptions.Finally, the effect of many of these ingredients does not stop at irritation and allergies.
After diagnosis, one will find that many of these cause endocrine problems, respiratory issues and even reproductive problems. This is why it is important to avoid them. Avoid any product that has any of these chemicals as an ingredient for the overall long term safety of your dog.
If you have been using one for a long time, then it perhaps could be time to visit the veterinarian for a check-up. Luckily, there are reputable companies that will provide you with natural, healthy products for your dogs and pets. They provide a natural remedy, products that are specially made with ingredients that are naturally found in nature. These leave the dog not only clean but safe, saving you the unnecessary trip to the vet.