There are hundreds of brands and types of shampoos for small dogs. These 8 cleansers are made specifically for certain conditions pertaining to skin and coats, and may make bath time more enjoyable for your dog.
1. SheaPet Shea Butter
This shampoo is ideal for dogs with sensitive skin as well as for puppies. It is all natural and promotes a healthy coat that is soft and shiny. Shea butter is also said to moisturize the skin, which will help relieve any itching and dryness your doggy may experience.
2. Drs. Foster and Smith Hypo-Allergenic
Designed for dogs with allergies, this shampoo boasts no added colors or scents, which makes it a wise choice for small dogs with allergic conditions.
3. U Dog U Herbal
This shampoo comes in bar form and contains aloe to help repair dry skin and other natural ingredients to repel bugs.
4. Solay Pets All-Natural
This shampoo cleans, deodorizes and promotes healthy skin in a natural way. Solay Pets products are made from 100% cruelty-free and vegan ingredients.
Watch this puppy get a kick out of bath time in this video:
5. Vet’s Best Anti-Shedding
For the pet who sheds constantly, Vet’s Best Anti-Shedding Dog Shampoo (affiliate link) is a good choice. The ingredients strengthen the dog’s hair follicles while softening the skin and promoting a healthy shine for the coat.
This shampoo is also recommended for senior canines with onset coat thinning — it significantly reduces the amount of shedding and coat loss.
6. Skunk Off
This is one of the best cleansers for removing skunk odor from a dog’s coat and skin. It neutralizes the odor almost immediately but is said to be safe for even the most sensitive of skin types as well as for puppies more than 8 weeks old.
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Developed by a veterinarian, Skin-eze is all natural and kills dog fleas, ticks and lice.
It also moisturizes and heals the skin. Many pet shampoos can do that, of course, but Skin-eze also reduces the amount of dander in the coat, hence eliminating allergy problems for family members.
8. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
One of the biggest veterinarian-recommended shampoos for small dogs and puppies is Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, whose brand is more than 100 years old. You can buy this product almost anywhere, plus it’s cheap and it’s gentle enough for puppies of any age.