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Products Meant for Humans are Often Unsafe for Pets

You may love the way your family’s basset hound smells when you bathe it in your favorite lavender body wash, but chances are the soap used isn’t safe for use on furry friends. Soap is just one of a number of products created specifically for humans, which should not be given to our family pets.

Shampoo for humans isn’t just soap for your hair. The shampoos we create for ourselves are specifically created for human bodies and hair, specifically our pH levels. The needs and limits of our bodies differ from that of cats and dogs. Shampoo, soap, lotion, and similar items can all be harmful to our pets’ health. The products we use on our bodies have been known to strip “pet’s skin of its natural oils and disrupt its natural balance, which can lead to dry, itchy skin or rashes.” The troubles don’t stop there, the “irritation and disruption of their skin’s pH can also lead to the growth of bacteria or parasites that lead to further irritation and imbalance.”

Symptoms of exposure include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, weakness or lethargy, your pet collapses, or suffers from seizures. If your pet does happen to come into contact with human shampoo, soap, lotion, or other items and exhibits the effects of having been poisoned, you’ll want to contact your veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately.

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