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The Best Dog Shampoos for Your Pooch

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Whether your pup has gotten into something dirty or just needs routine grooming, having the right dog shampoo on hand for a bath is essential. There are many types on the market to clean and nourish your furry friend’s coat and address any sensitivities or issues they might have. Here are some great options we recommend.

What to Consider in Dog Shampoo

Here’s what to know before you buy:

  • Type: Like human shampoo, there are specific formulas to address specific hair types or concerns. Consider if you need the dog shampoo for a simple clean or to help with fleas, ticks, odor, dry skin, or shedding control.
  • Scent: Determine if you or your dog would prefer a scented or unscented shampoo. Some shampoos contain deodorizing assets to create a long-lasting fresh scent to last between bath days.
  • Ingredients: Check for formulas including good ingredients like minerals, vitamins, proteins, aloe, oatmeal, etc.

Best for Fleas & Ticks: Adams Flea and Tick Cleansing Shampoo

Adams flea and tick cleansing dog shampoo.

This shampoo works best to kill fleas, flea eggs, ticks, and lice that can become embedded in your dog’s fur. While the shampoo cleans and deodorizes, it also prevents flea eggs from hatching for four weeks. When using, wet your pet with warm water, apply the shampoo, lather, and let it sit to kill the pests. The shampoo can be used every seven to 10 days as needed.

Best for Fleas & Ticks

Adams Flea and Tick Cleansing Shampoo, 12-Ounce, Clear

A shampoo that works to kill flea eggs, fleas, ticks, and lice.

Best for Puppies: Burt’s Bees 2-in-1 Tearless Puppy Shampoo & Conditioner

Burt's Bees 2-in-1 tearless shampoo and conditioner for dogs.

This shampoo and conditioner in one is safe for puppies and dogs of all ages. The mild, pH-balanced formula will soothe, soften, and condition your puppy’s skin and coat. The formula includes all-natural ingredients, like buttermilk and linseed oil for deep conditioning. The formula is veterinarian recommended and is free of fragrances, sulfates, colorants, and harsh chemicals.

Best for Dry Skin: Oliver’s Choice Dog Shampoo with Oatmeal and Aoe

Oliver's Choice pet shampoo made with oatmeal, aloe, shea butter.

The Oliver’s Choice pet shampoo is specifically designed to deodorize and relieve itchy and irritated skin and leave your dog smelling amazing. The formula is made with oatmeal, aloe, and shea butter and is safe for all dogs and puppies. The clinically designed formula is biodegradable, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and naturally derived. Your dog will be left feeling and looking incredible.

Best for Odor Control: Arm & Hammer for Pets Super Deodorizing Shampoo

Arm & Hammer super deodorizing shampoo for dogs in kiwi blossom scent.

If your puppy is particularly smelly, this Arm & Hammer super deodorizing shampoo is a pet odor eliminator and will leave your dog smelling fresh and clean. This product is safe for all dog ages and is made with natural ingredients.

Best for Shedding: Furminator deShedding Shampoo for Dogs and Cats

Furminator deshedding dog shampoo for dogs and cats, bottle is next to a yellow lab dog.

For dogs that need extra help with shedding, this Furminator shampoo helps to promote healthy skin and fur. The formula is enhanced with omega 3 and six fatty acids, loaded with both vitamins and proteins. It is also a non-drying, non-irritating hypoallergenic formula. This shampoo is safe to use on both dogs and cats.

Best for Shedding

Furminator deShedding Shampoo for Dogs and Cats, 16 Ounces

A dog shampoo designed specifically to help with excess coat shedding.

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