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15 Ingredients to Watch Out for in Dog Shampoo

Dogs are valuable members of our family and they deserve safe products too. Here are 15 ingredients to watch out for that are commonly found in dog shampoos today. This is by no means the only ingredients to look out for but it is a good start! 1. SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) or SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfates  They are also know as SLS and SLES. These  are inexpensive foaming agents that are found in shampoos of all kinds, including dog shampoos . They act as surfactants which provide a rich lather, however they have been proven to be irritants that can cause eye and skin irritation and they are also can be very drying and ‘stripping’. 2. Synthetic Fragrances
 These are typically made from petrochemicals and their function is to reproduce the smell of a plant or flower using man made chemicals.  A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences reported this staggering statistic:  95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, and aldehydes along with other known toxins that are linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.  Companies typically use synthetic fragrances to save money as they are much cheaper than naturally occurring essential oils. 3. Artificial Colors or Dyes i.e. blue 1,2,4, disperse blue 1; green 1,2,3; red 4,9,17,19,22,33,40;  yellow 5,6,8; disperse yellow 3 - will be shown as D =&C or FD&C…i.e. FD&C Red No.6); and Coal Tar Dyes. 4. BHA(butylated hydroxyanisole) BHA is a preservative and stabilizer used to extend shelf life. The U.S. National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, has classified BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” based on evidence of carcinogenicity in laboratory testing animals.  BHA is also believed to be carcinogenic for humans too. 5. Diethanolamine (DEA) 6. Triethanolamine (TEA)  7. Sodium Hydroxide 8. PEG-compounds (1,4-dioxane, propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters "eth" , i.e.polyethylene glycol);  9. Triclosan  10. Dioxins 11. Benzalkonium Chloride and Benzethonium Chloride - synthetic germicides, long term use may affect immune system, cause asthma. 12. Petrolatum or Mineral Oil  (Can be contaminated with polycyclic hydrocarbons.)  13. Propylene Glycol (used in anti-freeze!) 14. Methicone 15. Formaldehyde

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