Washing and lathering your dog in shampoo and water can be a pain for both you and them. There are a handful of dogs which love the feeling of water pouring out of the shower over them, but this is the minority rather than the majority. Along came waterless shampoos for us which have also been adapted to dogs and other pets. Great news for those of us who love to travel with our pets, however it left many wondering do waterless dog shampoos actually work?
Do Waterless Dog Shampoos Work?
Hypoallergenic and pH balanced waterless dog shampoos will remove dirt and grease from your dog without water. You apply it, rub it in and then towel it off and it will leave you dog feeling clean, fresh, and smelling good.
Waterless dog shampoos became a great option for those of us who experience the following scenarios:
- Fox poo loving dogs that love a good roll around in the stuff..
- Environments where it is simply too cold to give a bath or shower.
- Simply need a quick freshen up.
Nothing and I mean absolutely nothing will ever be as good as getting them in the tub or under the shower for a full hose down and scrub. The problem for many is that time, location and other factors can all contribute to this being impossible all the time and this is where other options such as waterless dog shampoos prove to be a lifesaver for many.
Of course, nine times out of ten you are better off showering your dog's down properly, taking care of them by removing loose hair, cleaning around the eyes, ears etc. Nothing is better than a proper daily or weekly routine.
When travelling with pets, going on holiday in a motorhome or are simply camping or walking through the woods there will be times when your dog decides to get dirty. Using mitts, gloves, drying coats and waterless shampoo will go a long way to getting them back into your vehicle without then needing an expensive valet to sort out all the dirt.
How do I clean my stinky dog without water?
Waterless shampoo will clean your stinky dog by applying the liquid to the dog coat then you massage it in and towel dry them to remove the dirt. It will take you just a few minutes work to turn your stinky dog into a clean fresh smelling one! it is a pH balanced, alcohol free and a hypoallergenic pet wash which is great for sensitive skin and it can be used on cats and other animals too!
Can I use waterless shampoo on my dog everyday?
You could use it every day on your dog, but I wouldn't recommend this. Waterless shampoos are best saved for moments when it is really required, and you don't have other options like the bath tub at home. However, we do enjoy using a little every now and then even at home mainly because the Mulberry dog shampoo smells absolutely fantastic!
What are the Ingredients in Nilaqua Waterless Dog Shampoo?
Fundamentally, these waterless dog shampoos would not work without many of the chemicals contained in them. If the products contained no chemicals at all and were completely natural, then you may as well try using water which if sprayed on to your dog on its own will be unlikely to clean away dirt and poo. If you have ever tried cleaning oil and grease with water, you will know it is practically impossible. Chemicals are needed to help remove dirt and grease, but this doesn't mean we can't try to limit the amount of chemicals and alcohol within the products. Nilaqua contains no alcohol.
Here is a list of Ingredients found in the Nilaqua waterless Mulberry dog shampoo.
"Aqua (Water), TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Alkene Glycol, Disodium EDTA"
Then we have the Nilaqua Flea repellent shampoo. This is great for the summer months when ticks, fleas and bugs can be a pain and you need a shampoo which will keep the bugs away. The ingredients found in the flea repellent dog shampoo include:
"Aqua (Water), TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Funebris (Cypress) Wood Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Dulce Fruit Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (TEA Tree) Leaf Oil, Tocopherol".
What is a hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs?
Hypoallergenic dog shampoo is great for flaky, dry, sensitive skin. Dogs who are itchy and tend to lick their fur a lot may benefit well from a hypoallergenic shampoo.
To conclude, waterless dog shampoos do work and prove useful especially when you are outdoors and can't get to a bath or shower. They will quickly clean and freshen up your dog and allow you to go on with your day. Some are better than others and ideally you want one with no alcohol, has hypoallergenic properties, smells good and you should use it sparingly when required.
Happy and safe travfurling to you all.