It seems like not a week, or even a day goes by without seeing the latest health-conscious study or research, informing people why they should cut out X or take up Y. As a growing number of people become more aware of the choices they make in their lives, from the food they eat to the products they use each and every day we are now seeing this trend become popular with pet owners as well, and rightly so.

If we knew a particular product, be it a shampoo or moisturizer was harmful to our skin or had a negative effect on our hair in the long-term, would we continue to use it? Of course not, so why would we consider doing the same for our dogs? The sweeping answer is that we won’t do it and more pet owners than ever are making the switch to all natural products, helping to improve the overall health of their dogs both in the short and long-term.

The scary thing about dog grooming products is the regulations, or lack thereof attached to them when it comes to ingredients. Not only is legislation lax but the manufacturing processes are also extremely complicated, with each brand having their own unique way of producing their products.

Any dog owner who has attempted – and probably failed to read the ingredients list on a typical bottle of dog shampoo will know just how difficult it can be to work out what is in a typical dog grooming product.

This can be a worry for any dog owner, particularly if your pet has already reacted badly to a product in the past. Luckily with the awareness growing, and more and more people making an effort to ensure they’re using the safest and best products they can find there is now large choice when it comes to organic, all natural dog products. This means you have an alternative to traditional grooming options that have typically been popular in the past.

To help you make the switch to natural products this article will take a look at ingredients that have been included in traditionally dog shampoos (such as smelling dog shampoos and medicated shampoos) and the alternatives that are used in natural products.

By raising awareness in these less than safe ingredients we hope we can help dog owners care for their pets using all natural ingredients.

Dog Shampoo Ingredients to Be Wary of

Although we could go one and on listing ingredients included in many high street dog shampoos that perhaps can cause issues in your pet instead we will narrow that to just 3. We hope this will be less confusing for readers looking for some introductory information before making the leap to organic products.


Found typically in pet shampoo as preservatives, parabens have been found to contribute to many nasty health issues. These can be replaced by natural preservative such as Poly Epsilon-Lysine, taken from the tomato plant and completely natural.


Phthalates are used in a range of grooming products in order to add texture and help them appear thicker. Also used to make fragrances last longer, which may be great in the short-term for that ‘just washed dog smell’ it actually may be causing more harm than good.


The name alone – Petrochemicals – is enough to set alarm bells ringing. Linked with a range of health issues including defects and reactions, petrochemicals are typically used because they’re cheap but can replaced with 100% natural pure essential oils which give off their own natural fragrances far more attractive than any that need chemicals to last longer.