8 Things to Consider When Buying Dog Grooming Products Online

A few decades ago, even the most ardent dog enthusiasts wouldn’t have imagined a time where dogs would have exclusive beauty products. But little did they know that dog lovers around the world want to make sure that dogs don’t feel any less than humans. That is why they came up with grooming products to pamper pooches and poodles worldwide.

Initially, only a handful of companies were making beauty products for dogs, but as time went by, more corporations jumped on the bandwagon. The more, the merrier, right? While having multiple beauty brands means more options for your pup, it also means some pretty grueling decision-making for you.

Choosing the right beauty product for your canine companion is essential; otherwise, you might damage their skin. More often than not, companies mislead dog parents by labeling products ‘soothing’ ‘healing’ or ‘refreshing’ when, in reality, they aren’t any of those things. Just because a product claims to be ‘gentle to the skin’ doesn’t mean it actually is. Therefore, when it comes to getting dog beauty products, one must be careful and avoid getting injurious products.

If you want to make sure that you don’t end up buying unsuitable beauty products for your dog, then always consider these eight things before making a purchase.

Check the Label

Many times when we are buying products online, we tend to ignore checking the label of any item we wish to purchase. Buying products without knowing what is in them is dangerous for the consumer, whether human or animal, but more so for the latter. Since dogs cannot express their irritation or issue with a product, you might not find out that a product was harmful to your dog until it’s too late. Therefore, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Always go through the label of any dog beauty product you plan to buy. And if you come across any unknown chemicals, then don’t buy that product unless you find out everything about the mysterious compound.

Steer Clear of Items with Synthetic Compounds

Although not all artificial compounds are harmful to dogs, it’s better to avoid them altogether. However, if you want to go by the book and only exclude products that are established toxins, then here is a list for you that I pulled from Good Pet and Vet Guide.

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other sulfates
  • Isopropyl alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone (MI)
  • Parahydroxybenzoates (Parabens)
  • Isothiazolinones
  • Mineral oil

Search for Organic Items

If you want to minimize the chances of making a wrong purchase, look for organic products. It is the best way to keep your dog safe from synthetic solvents and compounds that can damage the skin.

Look for Natural Nourishment

Dogs are pretty much like humans when it comes to taking care of the skin. With that said, of course, humans need a more rigorous beauty regimen, unlike dogs. But canines do need nourishment for the skin just like humans do. To provide your pup with all the necessary nourishment that they need, purchase products that come with natural skin moisturizers such as vitamin E, almond oil, or coconut oil.

You can also get products infused with jojoba and other scented essential oils.

Look for Natural Scents

Most beauty products, dog or human, come with some sort of fragrance. While artificial fragrances may not be too harmful to humans, they can be hazardous for dogs. Therefore, when buying dog beauty products, always choose the ones that have a natural scent. Drop anything that has the word ‘fragrance’ on the label because it can be a euphemism for any toxic chemical, such as phthalates. Phthalates are known for causing problems to the kidney, liver, and reproductive system; hence, you must keep your dog safe from the said chemical.

Read Reviews

One of the best ways to ensure you are buying the right beauty product for your dog is to read the reviews. Most websites come with a product review section, and if a site doesn’t have one, you can look it up on the internet. But NEVER buy a new product for your dog without going through the feedback from other users. Also, go for products with the most positive reviews. That is, if an item has one or two positive comments, then try to find a different good that’s more popular.

Use Reliable Websites

The websites you use for buying your dog’s grooming products can make all the difference when it comes to the quality of products. The internet has now made it possible for every quack to set up a website and start a business without having the necessary knowledge. Therefore, you can never know if a website claiming to sell only natural products is  following through on that promise. So, ALWAYS go on sites that are recognized or have a known parent corporation.

Only Buy Known Brands

Concocting serums and sprays is not as difficult as it was once. Now anyone can look up a recipe on the internet and come up with beauty products. But whether those products safe to use is an entirely different story. To avoid damaging your dog’s skin, only buy products that have a reliable brand name. Some of the most credible dog beauty brands that you can purchase are Kiehl’s, John Paul, Aesop, Burt’s Bees, and Canine Earth.

Dog beauty products are excellent for keeping your dog’s skin fresh and hydrated, and its coat healthy. They are also great at keeping your canine companion’s nose and paws moisturized. Once you apply the right balm on your dog’s legs, you can rest easy knowing that no matter how much your dog prances, its feet are safe.

Keeping a dog’s outer body healthy and lustrous is not the only thing grooming products do. They also work wonders when it comes to maintaining a dog’s oral hygiene. You can find many breath gels now that is excellent at eliminating stinky dog breath and keeping your fluffy friend’s gums healthy.

Make sure you get your hands on at least a few dog beauty products, if not all, and give your pup the pampering it deserves.  For more information about our products, visit www.puccicafe.com/product-category/spa and to check out reviews

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  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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