Hello, I'm not sure what you mean by "natural", but if you are looking for a mild shampoo, one containing oatmeal may be appropriate. Most shampoos contain soaps or detergents, that is what makes them able to have cleansing activity, but if your dog has sensitive skin, then a soap free shampoo such as HyLyt may be helpful. There are numerous OTC dog shampoos which contain tea tree oil, lavender, calendula, and other supposedly helpful "natural" ingredients, none of which have actually been clinically tested to determine if they actually cause the benefits purported on the label, and it is a matter of trial and error to see what product your dog tolerates best.
Hope tha tis helpful,
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
Looks like the make shampoos with essential oils and dead sea salts, very trendy and aimed at consumers who use these product on themselves (which is not wrong, jsut great marketing); I find it interesting that they list only the "active ingredients" of mud, salt and different oils on the website, that makes it easier to proclaim that they are all natural, but none of the "active ingredients" have any cleansing activity, so those ingredients appear to be kept a secret. That and their extreme claims of being able to treat fleas and other diseases, make me rather suspicious; I would love to read their published studies detailing exactly how flea repellant their products are, ie. after 100 live fleas are placed on the dog washed in their shampoo, how many fleas are left on the dog after 1 hour? They mention the pH is similar to dog skin, but don't say the actual pH of the product. Again, all you can do is to try the products and see how your dog does, all the the oils will certainly soften the skin and fur, but I have no comment on the value of mud and salt, as I do not use them on my skin.
I am a representative of Mystic Sea - Natural Pets Care Company, I received your message by email from Mr. Jeff_d and I felt obligate to answer the very important questions that you have raised, I must say that we encourage serious debates that educate consumers for their dog's health and well being.
As for the pointsand questions raised:
1. we will upload to our website the entire list of ingredients that is also appears on the product itself, it is indeed important to have 100% transparency, as for the cleansing activity, we use Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a Natural derivative that I am sure you are familiar with and Dead Sea Mud and Salt as well.
2. We have invested 3 years in R&D to achieve a all Natural solution for Flea Prevention based on Dead Sea Minerals and a combination of Aromatic Oils such as Citronella Oil and more, we have done clinically testing with the Israeli veterinarian association, and can show proven results! We have made this issue our main goal as to offer a Natural solution with no chemicals and toxins that are commonly used today in the most popular anti flea products.
3. The PH of the dog is 6.4 which is the actual PH of the product, we put emphasis on that because many people think that they treat their dog by using "High Quality" shampoo for human that actually only do harm because of the PH difference. It can cause skin dryness, itching and wounds.
I would be happy to discuss with you personally by phone or email and answer any question you might have and provide more info.
I hope I have answered your questions and of course gave the website readers more knowledge in the subject.
The normal pH of dog skin is between 5.5 - 7.2, so the pH of your product is appropriate. Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). It is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent made by mixing sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt. I would be highly interested to read the results from the Israeli studies on flea control, can you provide the journal citation that the results were published in? I am always interested in different options for flea control.
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
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