Similar to humans, pets need appropriate skin care and grooming for their health. However, when selecting shampoos and conditioners for pets, an important aspect often overlooked is the pH levels.
We will explore the differences between pH levels in pet skincare and human skincare to provide insight on how to better choose the best products for pets.
Understanding pH Levels
The pH scale measures acidity and alkalinity from a range of 1 to 14. A helpful clue is that a pH of 7 is neutral, while values below 7 are acidic, and those above 7 are alkaline. Each unit change means a tenfold difference in acidity or alkalinity. A pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than 7, while a pH of 8 is ten times more alkaline than 7.
The pH level of a substance is important as it influences chemical reactions, enzyme functions, and the equilibrium of biological systems such as skin's protective layer. Proper skin pH plays a crucial role in repelling harmful bacteria and preserving healthy skin.
Understanding pH Variations: Humans and Pets
Human skin pH value is slightly acidic, usually around 5.5, which helps protect against pathogens and maintain moisture. In contrast, a dog's skin pH is more neutral to alkaline, ranging from 6.2 to 7.4. Felines are more acidic: pH 5.5-7.5.
These differences mean that use of products formulated for human skin can disrupt the natural pH balance of a pet’s skin, leading to irritation, dryness, or infections. Be sure to use pH-appropriate grooming products to maintain the health and integrity of their skin.
DERMagic Feline Organic Shampoo Bar is safe for cats and kitten's soft skin and fur.
Choosing The Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Pets: DERMagic Can Help!Avoid using human skin care products on our pets. When selecting grooming products for your pet, keep the following tips in mind.
- Look for Pet-Specific Products. Read the Label Opt for shampoos and conditioners labeled Pet-Friendly, Formulated for Dogs/Cats, OR pH-Balanced for Pets.
- Check for Natural Ingredients Natural ingredients are milder on skin and less likely to cause adverse reactions. Avoid harsh chemicals and choose soothing, gentle ingredients like oatmeal, aloe vera, and chamomile.
Consider Each Pet's Special Needs Each breed has their own unique coat. For pets with specific skincare conditions such as allergies, hair loss, or sensitive skin, always consult veterinarian advice for the most appropriate treatment.