Is Your Pet’s Shampoo Doing More Harm Than Good?

Is Your Pet's Shampoo Doing More Harm Than Good?

Is Your Pet’s Shampoo Doing More Harm Than Good?

Have You Bathed Your Pet with a Cancer-Causing Shampoo?

Often well-meaning pet parents unintentionally harm their pets through the foods they feed them, treats they lovingly give, and even the shampoos they bathe them in.

You may have recently watched a video on social media showing a dog suffering the toxic effects of a plug-in air freshener. The video prompted pet parents to rethink their use of candles, air fresheners, and cleaning products. I’m happy to say that pet parents are now eliminating these toxins from their homes benefiting both their pets and their families.

These online conversations had me questioning other pet products including pet shampoos. Are pet shampoos safe or could they potentially harm our pets? I took to social media to poll my listeners asking them which brand of pet shampoos they use. After researching each brand, it was obvious pet shampoos are not always what they advertise.

There’s cause for concern with no regulation on pet products, no standard of ingredient purity, and fuzzy ingredient labels with words you simply cannot pronounce. Is it any wonder pet parents feel confused and lulled into a false sense of security?

We are the guardians of our pets, and it’s down to each one of us to ensure the pet products we buy are safe and beneficial.

In today’s show, I’m addressing pet shampoos and the cancer-causing ingredients they may contain. Surprisingly this can include shampoos prescribed by your veterinarian.

What You’ll Learn In This Show

  • Names of toxic ingredients in pet shampoos.
  • Why the ingredients are toxic.
  • Why natural isn’t the best option.
  • Research projects on human shampoos.
  • Why each state needs a California Proposition 65.
  • How to shop for a safe pet shampoo.
  • Apps to help you understand ingredient labels.
  • Why USDA certified organic is your best option.

Recommended USDA certified organic pet shampoo

Currently, 4 Legger pet shampoo is one of the USDA Certified Organic pet shampoos on the market. As I find more of them I will post an update on myFacebook page

Enjoy the show!

Sam, The Queen of Rock n Roll Dogs

Show Notes

Human Shampoo Study

Study Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) revealed independent testing on Tuesday finding a cancer-causing chemical in 98 shampoos, soaps and other personal care products sold by major national retailers. The chemical, cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemically-modified form of coconut oil…

List of 20 Toxic Ingredients

20 Ingredients You Don’t Want In Your Dog’s Shampoo

Are you concerned about what’s in the shampoo you use for your dog? If you’re not, you probably should be. Your dog’s skin is her largest organ and anything you use on her skin and coat can be absorbed into the body. So you want to avoid bathing your dog with anything that might be toxic.

California Proposition 65

About Proposition 65

What is Proposition 65? Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment.

USDA Certified Organic

USDA Organic | USDA

Many USDA agencies serve the growing organic sector. Whether you’re already certified organic, considering transitioning all or part of your operation, or working with organic producers, we have resources for you.

Apps Cruelty Cutter and EWG (Environmental Working Group)

Cruelty Cutter by Rescue + Freedom Project

Cast away any doubts when purchasing items by using CRUELTY-CUTTER to scan an item and have an immediate response about its animal testing status.


EWG empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

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