Did you know that baby shampoo is 150 times too acidic for a dog’s epidermis (Skin Surface)?
Hence, it is always advice to look for a natural shampoo, that has a PH 6.5 – 7.5 range.
It is not just for marketing purpose, it’s the truth and biology of our dogs.
We recently found an interesting article about the pH level of dog’s skin. We heard that it’s common for people to bathe their dogs with dish soap or baby shampoo, and do “cleanse baths” with products like baking soda, mouthwash, vinegar etc thinking that it works for humans why can’t it works for dogs as they are more “use to being in dirty places, they should be able to take it”.
The dog’s skin is the most alkaline of all species making it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria (aka skin infections) if the pH is disrupted. If this happens, inflammation and infection can occur due to over-drying and eroding of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin).
A dog’s epidermis is only 8-10 cell layers thick, whereas human’s are 18-20 cell layers thick! The dog’s skin is thicker overall, but the epidermis is very thin and susceptible to bacteria if it is stripped away with improper ingredients that are not pH balanced for their skin.
Not everyone knows that a very alkaline product can do just as much damage as a very acidic product. Just as a very acidic product to humans like sulfuric acid would basically burn away human epidermis, very alkaline products such as Lye, can produce inflammation or even chemical burns on human epidermis. The same thing applies to a dog’s epidermis.
Here are some examples of pH levels of products some people use on dogs:
– Dish soap pH 9.5
– Baby shampoo pH 5.5
– Baking Soda pH 8.3
– Vinegar pH 2.2
– Mouthwash pH 4.2 – 5.5
When you move on the pH scale from one number to another, it indicates a change of 10 times 10, or a 100 fold change. For example, if you went from 7 to 5, that is 200 times more acidic, or from 7 to 9, that is 200 times more alkaline.
This means that dish soap is approximately 250 times more alkaline to a dog’s skin layer.
Baby shampoo is approx. 150 times more acidic to a dog’s skin layer.
Baking soda is approx. 130 times more alkaline to a dog’s skin layer.
Vinegar is approx. 500 times more acidic to a dog’s skin layer.
Mouthwash is approx. 200 times more acidic to a dog’s skin layer.
Hence STOP what you have been doing previously, and ACT now! Invest in a good shampoo, will bring you quick returns, save on the vet bills, leading to a happy pawkid and a happy paw parent.
In DOGGYPOTION, we always strive the best to keep our products as close as pH 7.0. In such neutrality, it does still cleanse without removing or damaging the skin layer of your dogs! Try us now!
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