Can I Use Dish Detergent To Wash My Dog?

Can I Use Dish Detergent To Wash My Dog?

          Can I Use Dish Detergent To Wash My Dog?

           Wash Dog

When it comes to washing your furry best friend, it's important to use a product that is both safe and effective. Many pet owners wonder if they can use a dishwashing detergent like Dawn to wash their dogs. While Dawn is often used to clean up major events, such as oil spills on wildlife, it's not recommended for regular use on pets. Here's why:

1. Dishwashing detergent like Dawn is formulated for use on dishes and not for use on pets. It's designed to cut through grease and grime, which can be harmful to your dog's skin and coat. Dishwashing detergents can strip away the natural oils that keep your dog's skin and coat healthy and shiny. This can lead to dry, itchy skin and a dull coat.

2. Dishwashing detergents can be irritating to your dog's skin. The chemicals in these detergents can cause skin irritation, redness, and even chemical burns. Dogs have much more sensitive skin than humans, so even a small amount of dishwashing detergent can be harmful to them.

3. Dishwashing detergents are not formulated to deal with the specific needs of a dog's coat. Dogs have a different pH balance than humans, which means that their skin and coat require different care. Using a product that is not specifically formulated for dogs can throw off their pH balance and lead to skin irritation, dryness, and other issues.


                                                   Leo Machado-Neuman

So what should you use instead? There are many dog-specific and even coat specific shampoos on the market that are safe and effective for use on your pup. These shampoos are formulated to meet the specific needs of your dog's skin and coat, and they come in a variety of formulas to address different issues such as dry skin, fleas, and allergies. 

When choosing a dog shampoo, it's important to read the label and choose a product that is appropriate for your dog's specific needs. If your dog has sensitive skin or allergies, look for a gental shampoo The Sensitive One, that is free of harsh chemicals and rich in soothing essential oils like Quinoa and Lavender.  If your dog has dry skin, look for a shampoo that contains moisturizing ingredients like Coconut oil and Flaxseed oil, like The Shedder, which can help dry skin, dandruff and even lessen shedding after a  bath.

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When washing your dog, it's important to follow a few basic guidelines to keep them safe and comfortable. First, never use hot water to wash your dog, as this can burn their skin. Use lukewarm water instead, and make sure to wet your dog thoroughly before applying shampoo. Lay down a towel or non slip mat, to help your dog feel like they are on solid ground. Have thier favorite treat close by to reward them for bieng such a good sport.  

Apply a small amount of shampoo to your dog's coat and work it into a lather. Be careful to avoid getting shampoo in your dog's eyes, ears, and mouth. Rinse your dog thoroughly to remove all of the shampoo. Follow with a conditioner, The Final Coat, to seal in the shine, moisture and fresh scent.  Make the experience a bonding moment for you and your pup, try using a massaging wet brush to help you get a deep clean and give your pup a soothing massage brush, The Wet Brush.


                    Dog in a Towel

After washing your dog, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a Towel. Dogs can get cold easily, so make sure to keep them warm while they're drying. If your dog has long hair or you want a "salon finish" use a blow dryer on a low setting.



Whether it’s romping in the mud, or rolling in the smelliest item they can find, dogs always seem to find a way to get smelly and dirty. If you find yourself out of dog shampoo with a pup in desperate need of a bath, you might wonder if the solution lies in your kitchen. Dawn dish soap, one of the most popular dishwashing liquids, can be used on your dog in the more dire of circumstances, but it is certainly not recommended for regular bathing.

While picking your dog’s shampoo, it's important to remember that while  dishwashing detergent like Dawn may seem like a quick and easy solution for washing, your dog’s skin and coat is their largest organ, making up 12% of their body weight. Choosing the right products to wash you fur baby with is one of the most important things you can do to to keep them healthy. Detergents can be harmful to your dog's skin and coat, and they are not formulated to meet the specific needs of your dog. Instead, opt for a dog-specific, all natural shampoo that is safe and effective for use on your furry friend. Follow the basic guidelines for washing your dog, and your pet will be clean, healthy, and ready for snuggles!

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PRIDE+GROOM was born because 4 New York City dog lovers wanted the same level of grooming products for their dogs that they themselves enjoyed. They looked (hard) but nothing was up to snuff. Or sniff. Like so many, we love our families and take pride in our homes, and we consider our pets to be integral parts of those entities. That said, we could not find an effective way to coif them that was on par with the way we tended to our children, our homes, or ourselves. These beloved pets are allowed on the furniture and in our beds, and yet even when fresh from the groomer, we knew they did not smell or feel as good as they could.

With the development of our coat-specific shampoos, conditioner and deodorizing spray, we think we found just the way to say thanks for being the best and the sweetest MVP of the house.

PRIDE+GROOM is the first dog grooming brand launched under a beauty platform, with formulas made in a clean beauty and scent lab. We know beauty is not only skin deep. We did a ton of research to create the entire line. Each product is formulated with its own unique blend of essential oils sourced from around the world.


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