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Can You Use Adult Dog Shampoo On Puppies? Is It Safe?

Just when you thought you could unwind on the couch, your dog makes a run for the yard and in half an hour, all your plans of relaxing go for a toss.

He is back with dried mud on his coat and your adorable pet is looking like a stray that has not had a bath in years. The only thing that you are probably looking forward to at the moment is a bottle of dog shampoo you have recently purchased (we review a few organic options in our buyer’s guide).

The shampoo is the only thing that could get rid of all your troubles. However, should you use an adult dog shampoo on puppies? Is it safe or would be an absolute no-no? Let us find out.

What Do Experts Say?
Veterinarians are of the opinion that it is safe to use adult dog shampoo on puppies. However, there are a few factors to remember.

Medicated shampoos like the ones that are used for ticks and fleas could be a tad too strong for your puppy.

A high-quality adult dog shampoo will often contain milder ingredients and is better suited for a puppy than a cheaper alternative.

Definitely stay away from perfumed and scented shampoos. These contain chemicals in high concentrations and are not even recommended for adult dogs, let alone puppies.

Look For Natural Ingredients
If you have to use adult dog shampoo on your puppy, look for ingredients like aloe vera, honey, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile etc that will take care of your pup’s sensitive skin.

What You Must Strictly Avoid
While adult dog shampoos are still safe to use on your puppy, what you must strictly avoid using is human shampoo.

Our pH levels make our bodies alkaline and human shampoos are designed to cater to the alkaline skin. That can deplete the acid mantle layer of a puppy’s skin and lead to allergies and rashes.

Your puppy’s sensitive skin could also start getting itchy and scratchy. If your pup keeps scratching at the same place over and over again, he could develop fungal or bacterial infections.

Check For Flea Infestations
If your puppy has a flea infestation, it can quite troublesome for him and he might seem more irritated for no reason at all.

If he does have it, using an adult dog shampoo can make it worse because it will not solve the issue and make his skin drier. Your vet will ask you to use a flea shampoo that will act as an insecticide and help treat the skin condition effectively.

Final Thoughts – Start Off With A Milder Shampoo
Whatever you choose to use for your puppy, it is ideal to wait for 3 months before you give him a bath. Brushing thoroughly before bath time will help ease the knotted or matted hair. If your dog is a heavy shedder, you might have to give him frequent baths. Massage his coat gently while using the shampoo and use the pads of your fingers so that blood flow improves. The final step is to dry him with a towel so that he does not end up drenching you and wetting the walls all around.

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