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Organic Grooming Keeps Dogs Healthy

Not too long ago, we humans thought that industrial-strength dog shampoo would keep fleas off our dog’s fur, but now we know that these harsh ingredients can do more harm than good. Today, we have more choices than ever to help our dogs live healthier lives, starting from the outside in with organic, all-natural dog grooming aids.

Shampoo Ingredients to Avoid

Avoid conventional dog shampoos found on grocery store shelves, which can strip important oils from your dog’s fur and cause dry, flaky skin that can attract fleas. In Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, Richard Pitcairn, DVM recommends avoiding dog shampoos that contain:

• Anise oil
• Boric acid
• Benzene hexacholoride
• Benzethonium chloride
• Chloranil
• DDD
• Depentene
• Dimethyl phthalate
• Menthols
• Napthalene
• Pine tar
• Sodium arsenite
• sodium cresylate
• Xylene

Go Organic with Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Dog Shampoo

Earlier this year, we received a bottle of Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Dog Shampoo and Herbal Ear Wash for Dogs to test.

We finally got a chance to use the two grooming products, and found that both work better than any we’ve tried on Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray.

The shampoo lathers nicely (but not too much), rinses quickly and leaves him smelling great. Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Dog Shampoo is one of the best, if not the  best dog shampoo we’ve tried. Maybe it’s the ingredients:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Stinging Nettles Extract, Organic Sage Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Hops Extract, St. John’s Wort Extract, Horsetail Extract, Lavender Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract

Dr. Harvey says: “Our formula is eco-safe and environmentally friendly because it is made with chemical-free base and pure essential oils and extracts that soothe and moisturize dry, itchy skin and encourages a shiny, healthy coat. Dr. Harvey’s Shampoo contains no synthetic ingredients and no preservatives. Perfect for puppies.. May be used frequently for cleansing without fear of toxic chemical reaction.”

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Ear Wash for Dogs

Wyatt was recently suffering from itchy ears, so we cleaned them really well with Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Ear Wash for Dogs by swabbing his outer ear canals with a saturated cotton ball, then placing a few drops down in his ears (which he quickly sloshed around by shaking his head, doing exactly what we wanted him to do to alleviate his itchy ears). It’s been over a week, and he hasn’t scratched his ears yet.

Here are the ingredients, which Dr. Harvey says are “a unique blend of soothing and healing herbal extracts in a base of witch hazel. This amazing formula will protect your dogs ears without the use of chemicals. The formula is anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral.”

Contains: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Stinging Nettles Extract, Organic Sage Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Hops Extract, St. John’s Wort Extract, Horsetail Extract, Lavender Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract

If you try these organic grooming essentials, let us know what you think!

Recommended Reading:

Whole Dog Journal: Dog Shampoo Tests and Whole Dog Journal’s Recommendations

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