3 Shampoo Hazards No One is Talking About

3 Shampoo Hazards No One is Talking About

You have been elected Chief Safety Officer. Whether you campaigned for the position or not, your pet chose YOU to care for their wellbeing. Their safety is in your paws (err … hands). And while you take them for walks, feed them healthy treats, and shower them in unconditional love, it’s also important to monitor the products used during bath time.

Some pet shampoos and conditioners are best kept away from Mr. Cuddlepaws. Many are filled with cheap chemicals that can cause short- and long-term problems for your pet. At Oxyfresh, your pet’s health (and happiness) is our number one concern. So today we’ll take a look at some of the biggest “uh-oh’s” to watch out for in your pet’s shampoos.


Roses are red, violets are blue, but these kinds of colors don’t belong in shampoo. Synthetic color additives are linked to several types of cancers and simply no good for your pet’s coat and skin. Some common dyes to look out for are D&C Yellow No. 8, CI 1940, D&C Blue No. 4, etc. As a rule of thumb, avoid brightly colored liquids. The natural color range will usually resemble an opaque white or a very light yellow.

Fragrance or Perfume

You’ll see many shampoos attempt to cover up odors with harmful perfumes and artificial fragrances. But this idea stinks! (Pun definitely intended.) Artificial fragrances have been associated with pet allergies, headaches, nausea and other serious health concerns. The best shampoos will use essential oils instead, and the best of the best will also utilize a patented ingredient to safely neutralize odors at a molecular level. _x0001F609_


Some shampoos use this harmful chemical to temper with the consistency of the product. But it doesn’t belong anywhere near your pet’s skin. In fact, check your own shampoo for this sneaky culprit, as it’s often used in human personal care products as well. It’s often disguised as as “doazolidinyl urea,” “imidazolidinyl urea,” or “quarternjum-15,” and has been linked to strong skin irritation and nerve system damage. Two things you don’t need in your home.

The solution? Opt for a shampoo that is free of dyes, synthetic fragrances, and formaldehyde. There are plenty of great options out there. Buuut, none have the odor neutralizing power of Oxygene®. That kind of goodness, you can only get from your friends here at Oxyfresh. We’ve formulated a safe, hypoallergenic pet shampoo that keeps your pet smelling fresher for longer.

“My dog had so many skin allergies, the scratching was horrible. We bathe her in Oxyfresh Pet Shampoo and her condition has improved immensely.”

– Patricia S.
Aurora, IL

We make our Pet Shampoo for people like Patricia who want a safer option that actually works better. You never have to sacrifice effectiveness for safety. So you can sleep soundly, knowing your “Chief Safety Officer” title is well deserved.

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