Why pH balanced products are best for your dog.
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In Chapter Seventeen we talked about bathing your puppy for the very first time. Our Top Ten Tips helping you create a safe and anxiety-free bath-time environment.
So how did things go?
If you were challenged, don’t be discouraged. Remember, every puppy is different BUT, you are the leader of the pack… so stay focussed.
Now, let’s touch on that irritating subject – the itchy dog!
It’s a known fact that itchy-skin is the No.1 issue experience by dog owners today. So when you think you’ve tried everything… spare a moment to think about your dog’s pH.
Let’s face it, humans and dogs are not made of the same stuff.
Your dog loves you and is willing to sit, roll-over and play dead, but when it comes to what you wash them with, it’s important to understand the most important component that makes up their skin.
‘The Acid Mantle’
Or, as sometimes referred – the pH balance.
The pH balance is that slightly acidic layer covering your dog’s skin which protects them from nasty environmental contaminants like bacteria, parasites and virus.
“Hi, I’m Marley. I’m 12 and I am a very happy dog! I used to have terrible, itchy skin driving myself crazy scratching all the time…not to mention making my owner a little mad…thump, thump, thump on the floor (day & night) – every time I tried to get to that really itchy spot!
Marley’s owner humorously under-plays his plight, but the on-going frustration (and pain) endured by Marley, itching and scratching himself day & night is something both Marley, and his owner persevered for over 10 years.
Marley had no known allergies, food or environmental, but the hot spots that appeared around his tail and under his pits were so irritating, that he couldn’t help but scratch himself red raw.
Constant scratching, itching and chewing will cause abrasions and ultimately bleeding, offering the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.
Do you have a dog that’s itching themselves red-raw?
Have you thought about what you’re using on them at bath-time?
There are a myriad of reasons why your dog could be itching. After all, they’re all different.
Topical skin allergies may play a part, or the food they eat. Maybe even the affect of the different grasses or the water they play in.
But let’s also consider this:
Have you ever used your own shampoo and conditioner on your dog at bath-time?
They can see it coming, but there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it.
Understanding the importance of pH balanced products for your dog could be the simple answer you’re both looking for.
Scientifically speaking, the stratum corneum is the topmost layer of skin responsible for keeping your dog’s outer-selves healthy and hydrated.
When we bathe our dog with soaps and shampoos, part of this protective layer of acidic oil gets washed away – it’s part of the process.
When the pH balance is disturbed and oils are removed from their bodies, they’re left defenceless against hosts of micro-organisms which present them with dry, irritated and sometimes flaky skin.
This can lead to an unsightly rash and leave your dog terribly, terribly itchy.
Did we say itchy?
Depending on the breed, gender, and sometimes size of your dog, pH levels stand somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5 – a more alkaline concentration than we humans who sit somewhere between 4.2 and 5.6.
To give you a hint; a pH of 7 is neutral, anything below this is deemed of acidic nature.
So it’s simple… if a shampoo formulated for humans is used on your dog it will disrupt their acid mantle, creating opportunity for bacteria, parasites and viruses to invade and run amok.
This leaves skin dry and itchy and remember; scratching means abrasions and abrasions say, “hey bacteria…come on in!”
Before you know it, they’re on that great itchy road to Rashville.
The upshot is…the canine acid mantle, their relative pH balance, it’s different from our own!
So when searching for products to use on your dog at bath-time, walk right on by your own shampoo, or the shower gel, or in some cases (so we’ve heard)… the dishwashing detergent.
When walking the pet store isles, be discerning. Look for pH balanced formulations while also looking for soap-free and paraben-free products which are really good signs of a high-quality professional formulation.
So what part does conditioning play in your dog’s overall skin health?
As discussed, no matter how good your dog haircare products claim to be, shampooing means cleansing away dirt and grime.
In theory, cleansing opens up the hair shaft allowing cleansing agents to wash away grime.
Conditioning agents close the hair shaft, nourishing the skin and hair, locking moisture inside.
The case for conditioners – Shampoos by design are used for cleaning- removing unwanted grime from the skin and coat. But shampooing, without sealing the coat afterwords, leaves the hair shaft open– at that point residue can enter and oils and hydration escapes. What you can do is use a conditioner after shampooing to close the hair cuticle and restore hydration, moisture and elasticity.
Conditioners also fill in the damaged hair that drying, brushing, de-matting and rubbing causes. Just normal wear and tear chips away at the hair cuticle. Conditioners can help to remove the cuticle to a smooth state and one that gives a more lustrous appearance and feel.”
Could pH balanced products be the answer for your dog?
Returning to Marley’s story…
Well my itching’s all in the past now since my old man found Underwater Dogs. I’ve now been itch-free for 4 years, even when I roll in the grass! Plus I smell like the perfect coconut, just like when we go on holiday to the beach…and trust me fellas, the little white fluffy lady-dogs really love it! Oh yay, living the dream at 16, thanks to my old man and Underwater Dogs!”
Roy & Marley, Sydney Australia
Underwater Dogs products are scientifically researched and professionally formulated with a pH balance of 7 – specifically for your dog.
Products are ultra conditioning and revitalising while reducing irritation in those dogs with sensitive, itchy and/or allergy prone skin-types.
They’re also soap-free, paraben-free and naturally soothing, moisturising and deliciously fragranced, leaving your puppy smelling good enough to eat.
Underwater Dogs stand by their product range with an 100% Money Back Guarantee, confident their professional formulations will not let you, or your dog down.
For further information on beating the itchy-scratchies, read Misty’s Story. An Underwater Dogs Case Study about a little Dog from Dural NSW.
If your dog has the itchy-scratchies, we encourage you to read Misty’s story. Then try these beautiful Australian made products, as you will not be disappointed.
In conjunction with her Vet, Misty had tried everything. Diet, Medicated Shampoos, Antihistamines, Antibiotics and even steroids. He said that if she had been human, she would have been at the dermatologist weekly. After 3 baths with Underwater Dogs Shampoo & Conditioner Misty’s skin calmed and she has been sleeping, eating and growing her fur back ever since. She smells divine for the first time in her life. Thank you underwater Dogs for giving me back my Misty!” Jennie Ghadiminejad, Dural NSW Australia
Pup-Update – 1-2 Years
This is what I’ve learnt about Jerry’s hair and skin and the products available to wash him in since I met the Underwater Dogs Haircare team… No doubt we are spoilt for choice, but that choice can easily be the difference between a happy life and one filled with trips to the Vet (and that goes for what we feed our dogs as well as what we bathe them in). Some dogs are more susceptible than others to skin sensitivities; like those classified as ‘Working Dogs.’ They have super oily skin/coats which aid in the protection of their overall skin and hair well-being. Makes sense! Cockers (and our first dog’s Beagles) were both sensitive to the environment; while others who might be allergy-prone, or those with lots of folds of skin like bulldogs, frenchies and pugs – all have other mountains to climb. What I hadn’t thought about though, was that I should be caring for Jerry’s skin as if it was my own. Washing to cleanse away dirt and grime… and then moisturising to rehydrate and protect. If we take care of our dog’s skin (topically) on a regular basis with high quality and genuine professional formulations we are building greater skin health and elasticity – so, when-or-if the time comes when they become aggravated or reactive to foods or grasses (or whatever), they have a better and faster chance of rehabilitation; possibly without a trip to the Vet!
Ash Sukhwani a.k.a. Mother of Jerry
Jerry – Born ‘Royoni Naughty-on-Arrival’ June 17, 2017
Follow Jerry’s adventures on Instagram @jerrythecockerspan
Now that you have the facts about pH balance and the important part it plays in our dogs overall skin and hair health, we’ll discuss how often you should wash your dog. A question on most dog owners minds.
Watch this space – Chapter Nineteen – Coming Soon
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I recently started using Underwater Dogs on my Cavoodle Lolly. It was recommended to me by a friend & I have to say I’m extremely pleased. It leaves her skin & fur so soft & moisturised & she no longer scratches as much due to irritation from dryness. It smells absolutely amazing too!
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