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The best shampoos for your dirty dog

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Dear Davi,
How can I get that squeaky-clean feeling all year long?
Lana the Lhasa Apso
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Lana,

To some dogs, every puddle, muddy pool or even pile of poo is something to savor and/or roll around in. There’s no escaping the fact that we seem to enjoy getting messy—it’s part of our charm, right?

Though many dogs are quite happy romping around, caked with dirt and stinking to high heaven, being in that condition is something humans tend to frown on. The solution? Bath time!

And though it’s true dogs shouldn’t bathe too frequently because it strips our coats of natural oils, bathing every so often can truly save your skin from irritation—and those nearby from the stench.

With a plethora of options on the market, it’s tough to determine what product is safe and will help keep you healthy and smelling fresh as a desert rose (aka dogbane). I’ve got the lowdown on the leading dog shampoos on the market to help you choose which product is right for you.

Best Dog Shampoo Overall
EARTHBATH DOG SHAMPOO
Dirty dogs agree: This formula is safe, gentle and effective, which is all you really need in a dog shampoo. It has natural ingredients like oatmeal and aloe to soothe irritation, relieve itching and moisturize the skin. The soap-free, pH-balanced formula effectively cleans and deodorizes, leaving your coat clean, soft and smelling better than ever. Another good thing? It’s all-natural, biodegradable and cruelty-free. (Pay no attention the word [CAT] on the label; some items are for both species!)

Best Dog Shampoo for Sensitive Skin
4-LEGGER CERTIFIED ORGANIC DOG SHAMPOO
Eco-conscious FOCs (Friends of Canines) will embrace this natural shampoo. It has USDA certified organic ingredients, so you know there are no harsh chemicals to cause irritation. It’s biodegradable, with moisturizing qualities that are heaven-sent for sensitive skin.

Best Heavy-Duty Dog Shampoo
VETERINARY FORMULA SOLUTIONS TRIPLE STRENGTH DIRTY DOG CONCENTRATED SHAMPOO
With three times the cleansing power of ordinary shampoo, this product knocks out even the smelliest odors. Its extra-strength formula has a blend of aloe, vitamin E and shea butter to moisturize and condition the coat, leaving skin healthier and cleaner than it’s ever been.

Best Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo
VET’S BEST HYPO-ALLERGENIC DOG SHAMPOO 
This shampoo is ultra-soothing, cleaning and moisturizing skin and smoothing dry, brittle coats. Its chief ingredients are aloe, which soothes itching and relieves seasonal allergies, and vitamin E, a great moisturizer. This soap-free, tearless formula won’t irritate sensitive skin or leave a sticky residue—and it has a fresh scent.

Best Waterless Shampoo
BURT’S BEES HYDRATING WATERLESS SHAMPOO WITH COCONUT OIL
This shampoo allows an effective, convenient way to shampoo without the splashing and soaking (of both washer and washee). It’s a quick fix to keep any dog clean between baths, and moisturizes, hydrates and cleanses the coat, is pH balanced and sulfate, colorant and cruelty-free.

When it comes to dog shampoos, one type does not fit all. A poor choice may cause more harm than good; the right choice will have you looking spiffy and smelling fresh and clean in a jiffy. Understanding what each product does is vital making the right choice. After all, all dogs deserve a good hair day!
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“Splish, Splash” is Davi’s doggone favorite song.

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