Reasons to be very, very careful
Sadly, if you look at your current animal, human & even baby shampoo labels you're highly likely to find it contains preservative & detergent 'nasties' that often have big health question marks above their heads.
In our opinion & from well documented research readily available within the public domain, key ingredients to ensure do NOT touch our animals' skins (let alone ours or our children's) are the following:
i) The preservatives called:
ii) Harsh detergents (and foaming agents) such as sodium lauryl sulfate & sodium laureth sulfate (which are used to clean garage floors & in some clinical trials to deliberately irritate the skin - they clean by corrosion!). They can be contaminated in the manufacturing process with nitrosamines (known carcinogens)...
iii) PEGs - polyethylene glycols. PEG is the abbreviation of polyethylene glycol, is not a definitive chemical entity in itself, but rather a mixture of compounds, of polymers that have been bonded together.
iv) Synthetic scents (usually based on chemicals or petro-chemicals).
v) Tea Tree - this natural product is not an 'avoid at all costs'... but it does raise some important questions. In research
we've conducted we see that it is great as an astringent but if we're applying it on open wounds & where soothing/healing is required... well all
we'll say is try it on your exposed wounds - it stings!
vi) Some essential oils are known to 'agitate' the very sensitive
horse & pet skin... so again, our argument is why use it if there's a question mark about whether the animal 'likes' it on their skin...?
Important Note: Any blacked out words with [bracketed] text has been amended to meet VMD/Vet Med criteria. All text is Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) compliant. Click here for what that means to you.