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Castile soap on dogs?

I have two dogs that are getting a little smelly and I went to the local Whole foods, and didn't see anything for natural dog wash... I've used the usual stuff that they sell at Petco, and they seem to have some sort of allergic reaction: dry, itchy and red skin.
Anyway, I was thinking of using the Dr. Brommers castile soap, do you guys think that it will be ok to use? If not any suggestions?


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Sep. 18th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
I would go with a natural baby shampoo, maybe? I think Doc B might be too drying.
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea, I never even thought about that!
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'd call a vet and see if castile's okay to use on dogs, especially if you'd be using one with EOs in it.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
IAWTC. You shouldn't use human shampoo on dogs, and castile soap seems too close to human shampoo (although I know it's soap, not shampoo). I've also heard that it can be a bit drying to wash your hands with, so that would tell me that it's not ok to use on dogs.
To the OP: If you can find some biodegradable baby shampoo, you could use that. (Maybe if Aussie Naturals makes baby shampoo, you could use that. My bottle of Aussie shampoo says it's biodegradable). Baby shampoo is gentle enough to use on dogs. I use it on my dogs, and none of them have had any skin problems.
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
*dr. bronner's

Sep. 18th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I know you asked about dogs, but I recently looked into using Dr. Bronner's on my hedgehog. I was told not to use it because it's really, really drying. I imagine that you'd have the same problem with dogs, especially if they already have really dry skin. Instead, I use either a baby shampoo, a good olive oil soap, or just an oatmeal bath (depending on the severity of his dirtyness and the condition of his skin at the time).
Sep. 18th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
I use it on my dogs on their occasional baths. I'm not concerned about the drying factor- they only get bathed twice a year tops. I used the peppermint. I dilute it pretty heavily- about 2-3 tablespoons in a quart of warm water, shake it up and pour it on.

Then again, I've also used my own shampoos and conditioners on them, as well as dish soap on occasion.

If you brush your dog regularly, feed it a high quality dog food (not pukeanuba or iams or pedigree or purina, etc), rinse whatever soap off a zillion times, and don't bathe it too often, it won't be a big deal in terms of dry skin.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
"(not pukeanuba or iams or pedigree or purina, etc)"

Aside from Iams being made by Proctor & Gamble, there is nothing wrong with the quality of Iams. It's been recommended to me or my mother by vets.
Sep. 19th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
P&G is reason enough for me, but other than that,,,
Veterinarians are not infallible. In fact, much of their nutritional training is sponsored by either P&G or else Hill's (Science Diet). The vet I work with on a daily basis is convinced that Science Diet is the best food there is for an animal.

I'm glad it's working out for you. I'm always glad to hear that a dog is happy and healthy.

I highly suggest a book called, "The Consumers Guide to Dog Food."
Sep. 18th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
I've used Pet Promise and I've liked it. They have several different varieties to choose from.

Sep. 18th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
You could try a "dry" shampoo on them with some baking soda in-between washes. It would absorb some of the odor. :)
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Sep. 18th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
that's a *really* harsh soap, actually. if they already reacted to a dog soap, i'd be very hesitant to use dr bronners on their skin.

do you have a source for a natural, fragrance free, superfatted soap? i'd go with that or a natural baby soap (vs baby shampoo that is actually a detergent). much easier on sensitive skin. calendula soap is especially soothing to sensitive skin.
Sep. 18th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
The problem could be systemic and will not improve with washing. You might want to check with a vet first because further shampooing could worsen the situation.
Dogs shouldn't smell, if they do the cause is generally diet or something else going on internally.
That said, Dr Bronners is way too drying. I like Noahs Ark neem shampoo, it's gentle and smells great.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
"The problem could be systemic and will not improve with washing."

I had a dog once that had really dry, flaky, itchy skin and it turned out to be seborrhea. I had to buy a special shampoo from the vet to wash him with.
Sep. 18th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
After many suggestions from this forum, I used Dr. Bronner's on my dog with absolutely horrific results. It's terribly drying for their skin. I would never use it again.

There is a great shampoo called BioGuard that is all-natural and so gentle, you can even use it on newborn animals and it's totally safe for people. It is very cheap and you can get it at Petco and most other petcare stores. It's aboslutely fabulous at killing fleas.

The best part is that it smells great and when they are bathed, they don't smell like wet shampooed dog. They smell like baby powder! :)

Sep. 18th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
We use Buddy Wash, I think they sell it at Trader Joe's and maybe Cost Plus.

I wouldn't use Dr. B's, it'll strip the oils out of their fur.
Sep. 19th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I use Cloud Star's Buddy Wash on Tonka (see icon) and it is WONDERFUL!

the ingredients:
coconut shampoo base (saponified), aloe vera gel, essence of lavender, essence of mint, chamomile extract, sage extract, nettle extract, rosemary extract,wheat protein extract, tea tree oil, vit. e, vit. c

if you have a world market nearby, you can find it there..
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