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Years ago dog owners were concerned about the frequency of bathing their dogs because the shampoos used were as strong as laundry detergent and basically stripped the natural oils from their coat, which caused their skin to dry out and in turn started the frantic scratching.

Many commercial shampoos claiming to be for dogs actually run too high on the pH scale when tested. These are name brand shampoos. Too high of a pH will dry out your dog’s skin, so it’s not the frequency of the baths causing the problems, it is the product being used! 

A good dog shampoo will be pH balanced for a DOG, not a person. If you cannot find what the pH balance is on the label, contact the manufacturer before using, you might save your dog a lot of grief.

What does pH stand for?

One of the most important processes in your body is the process by which the pH balance is maintained. Body pH measures the number of hydrogen ions in solution within the body. The pH scale ranges from 0-14 with <6.4 acidic and >6.4 alkaline for body fluid, not including blood which is a normal 7.3 pH. An acidic pH has a low ability to attract hydrogen ions, while an alkaline solution has a high ability to attract hydrogen ions. “p” stands for potential and “H” stands for hydrogen; henceforth, the potential of the body to attract hydrogen ions to secure balance and health.

For humans, the pH scale is 4.5 - 6.5  For dogs it is 6.2 - 8.62

A dog’s pH varies tremendously from the extremely alkaline German Shepherd to the more acidic Labrador Retriever.

Effect of the breed on skin pH

Measures taken on 18 German Shepherds, 6 Golden Retrievers and 15 Labradors. From Weber M, 2003, Royal Canin Research Centre and breeder network. Among the canine species the skin pH appears to vary according to breed. A protocol was perfected by the Royal Canin Research Centre to measure the pH of the German Shepherd and compare it with other breeds.

These results (below) show that the German Shepherd possesses a much more alkaline skin than the Golden Retriever and the Labrador. Many authors agree that an alkaline skin is more conducive to bacterial proliferation than an acidic skin (Chikakane and Takahashi, 1995; Matousek and Campbell, 2002).

pH Chart

Human Shampoos Are No Good for a Dog's Skin

Dish Detergents Deemed Safe for Your Dog

Palmolive liquid dish detergent has a pH of 7.3

Dove liquid dish detergent has a pH of 7.0

Dawn (regular) has a pH of 8, while Dawn Complete has a pH of 9.

Ivory dish detergent has a pH of 9.5

* If using any dish detergent with a pH higher than 9, you should add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar which will bring the pH down to 6.8, well within the realm of a dog’s skin.