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Probiotics in Pet Shampoo....Really?

Probiotics in Pet Shampoo....Really?

Probiotics in dog shampoo? Not yet. 
So I've heard that some pet shampoo makers are adding probiotics to their products in hopes of nourishing dog's skin and coat. It's a good goal but not - YET - grounded in reality (or science). 
If you think about it, you'll see why it doesn't make sense.
First, probiotics are specific to their environment: what works in the intestines doesn't necessarily work for the skin's microbiome.
Microbiome describes the community of microorganisms - such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses - that inhabit a particular environment, e.g. your intestines. Until scientific/medical community cracks the code on what works for the skin's microbiome, it's more of an optimistic guessing game and vulnerable to marketing overstatements. 
Second, probiotics are live microorganisms (like bacteria & yeast) that when introduced in adequate amounts convey a health benefit, for example by working within the intestinal flora to balance that microbiome. Even if we knew exactly which probiotics were optimal for the skin, it seems doubtful that commercial pet shampoos would be able to sustain enough of these live microorganisms to benefit the skin especially since many shampoos are not in contact with the dog's skin for longer than 15-20 minutes. (You should see my dogs shoot out of the tub, flinging suds and water everywhere!) 
Probiotics can definitely have a place in your dog's overall care when introduced into their diet. Talk to your vet about whether your dog's gut needs rebalancing to calm inflammation that shows up as itchy, inflamed skin or to address gastrointestinal upset like chronic constipation or diarrhea.
If you know of research that shows topical probiotics specifically support skin health, please let me know. Until then, I've got it filed under "marketing not science" but am hopeful this will change. 
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Why care about parabens in dog shampoo?

You've probably seen "paraben free" on cosmetics, cleansers,  and other personal care items. (Parabens are synthetic compounds that act as preservatives.) You may have even read why people are worried about parabens: there may be links between breast cancer and parabens because they are considered "endocrine disruptors." (The University of California at Berkeley raised concerns in a study issued in Fall of 2015.) 

So...why does this matter to us? Why do we care whether our products are paraben-free? Well....it's our hands and arms that are up to our elbows in dog shampoo when giving our dogs a bath. (Just like yours.) Dog grooming products may not be considered personal care items but they might as well be given the amount of skin contact. 

Yep, we know your exposure is pretty limited - you don't wash your dogs as much as you wash your own hair but dog groomers do. And yep, we know the data is still in development. But, why would we take the chance? So we opt for a paraben-free formula. So go ahead, wash your pup with one less worry....if you can catch & corral them into the tub. (My 19yr old Abby is still too fast...)

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Featured...NBC the More You Know

Featured...NBC the More You Know

We were psyched to be included in the Naturally, Danny Seo program on NBC last Saturday morning (3/4/17). He chose our services location in Los Angeles to film his Eco Grooming episode - so fun to see so many of "our" dogs in the spotlight! Rockefeller getting a "green" bath with our toxin-free Simply Clean shampoo...Bella with the stylish bandana that can also ward off pests like fleas....and Daisy in a star turn as the volunteer for the nourishing massage. (LOL she ran over the other pups to leap into his lap!)

 

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