What do you use for Pet shampoo?

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I'm looking for a new shampoo for my dog. I want it to be sulfate-free. He has food and skin allergies, very dry and sensitive skin. I was using the oatmeal one from 1800petmeds but discovered it has sulfates (duh!).

The vet recommends Avoderm but they do not list the ingredients. I called them and the rep tells me they have proprietary ingredients and can't disclose them. WTH?! (rant coming...) I told her that I do not buy ANYTHING without reading an ingredient list. She took my phone # and email and is having someone contact me. I assured them I won't disclose the list, but I need to see it before I use it on my dog. He is having WAY too many issues.

So, what do you all use for sensitive dogs?

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I use store-brand baby shampoo on my dogs. They're very fluffy and soft and clean...and they smell good too.
I use Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo on my Boston Terrier. I originally bought it for myself, but it was too rich for my hair. I figured since she only gets bathed once a month or so, it would be good for her dry, itchy skin. She smells great after, and I believe its much more gentile than traditional dog shampoos, even the 'sensitive skin' formulas. I also bought her a John Paul Pet Oatmeal conditioning rinse for after the shampoo, its light and even silicone free! In the middle of the dry, cold winters here in NH, I'll add a drop or two of my hair oil (Argan or another moisturizing oil) to the conditioning rinse to help keep her comfortable.
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Same here. The one I have is mango tango shampoo/conditioner in one. No sulfates and all natural. It can also be diluted 10:1, water:shampoo so it lasts forever.
I use the Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe, they also sell a hypoallergenic one.

Do you have Petfood Express in East Bay? I bathe Millie and Gracie there and they use the Earthbath products in their baths.
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I used Earthbath before and right now using John Mitchell shampoo


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I use the Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe, they also sell a hypoallergenic one.

Do you have Petfood Express in East Bay? I bathe Millie and Gracie there and they use the Earthbath products in their baths.
Originally Posted by gekko422
Didn't think of asking them for a rec. That's where we usually go for puppy stuff! I haven't tried to bathe him there because the dryers would freak him out. When it warms up, I might, but he'd be driving home wet. The Earthbath sounds good--gentle, listed ingredients, and Made in the USA!


Thanks ladies! I'll try the Earthbath!

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some hair pics
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I use the Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe, they also sell a hypoallergenic one.

Do you have Petfood Express in East Bay? I bathe Millie and Gracie there and they use the Earthbath products in their baths.
Originally Posted by gekko422
Didn't think of asking them for a rec. That's where we usually go for puppy stuff! I haven't tried to bathe him there because the dryers would freak him out. When it warms up, I might, but he'd be driving home wet. The Earthbath sounds good--gentle, listed ingredients, and Made in the USA!


Thanks ladies! I'll try the Earthbath!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Earth bath is great. Especially the oatmeal one. You bathe your own dog at pet food express. I take my dog to the one in alameda if your familiar. Very nice and quite
I use the Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe, they also sell a hypoallergenic one.

Do you have Petfood Express in East Bay? I bathe Millie and Gracie there and they use the Earthbath products in their baths.
Originally Posted by gekko422
Didn't think of asking them for a rec. That's where we usually go for puppy stuff! I haven't tried to bathe him there because the dryers would freak him out. When it warms up, I might, but he'd be driving home wet. The Earthbath sounds good--gentle, listed ingredients, and Made in the USA!


Thanks ladies! I'll try the Earthbath!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Earth bath is great. Especially the oatmeal one. You bathe your own dog at pet food express. I take my dog to the one in alameda if your familiar. Very nice and quite
Originally Posted by Nikki3b
I know I'd bathe him myself there, but I wouldn't be able to use the dryers. Or are they quiet? He doesn't like things blowing at him. LOL So if others are using dryers, he's be a nervous wreck. I'll have to check it out.

I usually just bathe him at home and dry him best I can with towels, then run him around the back yard to dry in the sun. But it's been too cold and rainy for that.

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3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
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Last edited by CurliLocks; 03-27-2012 at 01:49 PM.
I guess I've never had sensitive dogs...we've used woolite.
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We tried the Earthbath in hypo-allergenic. It worked well. Thanks for the recommendations.

Just some FYI re: oatmeal shampoos and yeast problems, check out this article and video. As far as their shampoos (that they are promoting) I think they seem the same as Earthbath, but cost more!
Dog Shampoo | Natural & Organic Dog Shampoo - Mercola.com

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.
My dogs don't have allergy issues. I use Suave shampoo, diluted down and add glycerin.
I'm glad the earthbath products are working for you
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