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Is Goat Milk Soap Good for Dogs?
You love your dog and want to keep his skin and coat healthy. It's important to use a natural soap or shampoo that is not harsh or irritating on your pet's skin. Since your dog will often lick himself, you don't want to leave any chemicals behind that will harm him.
Benefits of washing your dog with goat milk soap
Goat milk in and of itself is good for your pet, whether raw milk is consumed internally as food or applied externally as goat milk soap. Goat milk is full of vitamins and minerals and has many benefits.
Goat milk soap protects your dog's skin. Particularly with hairless dogs (who do still need to be washed), Vitamin A and Vitamin E in goat milk can help protect their skin against excess sun and the harsh outdoor elements.
Goat milk soap naturally moisturizes your dog's skin. Goat milk contains fats that hydrate the skin. Both goat and cow milk contain oleic and linoleic (unsaturated) fatty acids. But unlike cow milk, goat milk also contains high quantities of capric, caprylic, and caproic (short-chain) fatty acids. These molecules are very nourishing for your skin because they lock in moisture.
Goat milk soap helps your dog's coat stay soft and shiny. Cold processed goat milk soap also has the added benefit of retaining all of the naturally occurring glycerin produced in the saponification (soapmaking) chemical reaction. Glycerin is often removed from commercial soaps and sold as a valuable by-product. It's important that the glycerin is retained in your dog's goat milk soap because it acts as a humectant to retain moisture in your dog's skin and keeps the coat in good condition.
Goat milk soap helps keep your dog itch-free. All dogs are unique individuals and can be itching for different reasons. Some may have undiagnosed food or environmental allergies. But for many, the chemical-laden commercial dog shampoos and washes being used are causing the itching. Using a natural goat milk soap can often relieve itching for many pets.
"Loved it. Both my dogs have sensitive skin and are allergic to fleas and they were missing a lot of hair. After one bath [with GMS pet soap] their hair has started growing back..."-Patricia
Goat milk soap helps with hot spots. Goat milk contains wonderful proteins that can help rebuild broken skin. This is important for skin issues, especially if your dog is suffering from hot spots. The fatty acids that were previously mentioned also help maintain the acid mantle on your pet's skin, which protects his skin from bacteria. Preventing and blocking bacteria is important when making sure a potential or active hot spot doesn't become infected.
Goat milk soap may help prevent skin cancer. Inside the bodies of all mammals (human and canine), oxidation is a necessary part of life. Unfortunately, oxidation has some harmful side effects such as the production of free radicals. These free radicals can lead to skin cancer, as well as premature aging. Goat milk is high in antioxidants such as Vitamin A and selenium. Using goat milk soap made with healthy goat milk may possibly protect the skin of your dog from cancer.
Does it matter what type of coat my dog has?
Different breeds of dogs have different kinds of coats. The fur comes in an assortment of coat types which include long, short (or smooth), medium, hairless, curly, and wire coated. Despite the different types of coats, all breeds can be summarized as double coated, single coated, or hairless.
The names are fairly descriptive. Dogs with a double coat have a coarse layer of fur that makes up their topcoat, and a soft, thicker undercoat. On the flip side, dogs with a single coat only have the top coat, while hairless dogs simply have a fine, downy hair on their skin.
It is important to know which type of coat your dog has, because they require different care. Single coated and hairless dogs need more protection for their skin than a double coated dog. Single coated dogs can also be more prone to skin allergies and hot spots. Dogs with double coats have more trouble with matting and generally require more brushing and grooming for their thicker, two-layered coats.
Our pet soap is designed to lather well, which is extra important when taking care of a double coat. The natural conditioning of the raw goat milk, will help keep the coat soft and conditioned, and may make it easier to remove tangles.
Any kind of coat will benefit from being washed with goat milk soap because no matter the coat type, using a natural goat milk soap for pets will leave your dog's coat soft and shiny without drying out his skin.
"The soap lathered well and left our dog’s coats shiny and not over dry!! One of my dachshunds will typically have dry, flaky skin after his bath, but his skin did not over-dry this time!! Overall, I am very pleased with this product!!" -Angie
Choosing a goat milk soap for your dog
Pets can have delicate skin which is why most vets recommend bathing your dog less often and using a specially designed pet formula. The trouble is, most commercial soaps and shampoos you buy for dogs are laced with chemicals and are harsh on their skin.
Just turn over the flea and tick shampoo on your local supermarket shelf and read through the warnings you find such as:
Hazards to domestic animals...
Environmental hazards: this product is highly toxic to fish...
Call poison control center...
Environmental hazards, and numbers to poison control centers, are a good hint about what’s in that bottle. You will also find a long list of chemical ingredients such as Pyrethrins, Piperonyl butoxide, N-octyl bicycloheptene, and dicarboximide.
In contrast, the ingredients of Goat Milk Stuff's unscented pet soap are: Raw goat milk; Saponified palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil; Aloe. The scented pet soap also includes a proprietary blend of essential oils that are designed to help repel fleas and ticks.
Goat Milk Stuff designed these formulas in conjunction with a dog trainer and groomer and extensively tested the soaps until everyone (both humans and canines) were thrilled with the outcome. These pet bars not only last a long time, but are designed to rinse clean and not leave behind any residue to irritate your dog's skin. When you start using the pet soap on your dog, you should notice less scratching if that was formerly a problem.
"I absolutely love the unscented goat milk pet bar! It’s so lovely, leaves my dog's coat shiny and soft and it isn’t too drying to use on a regular basis." -Melissa
There are no warnings listed on our products, because aside from a possible sensitivity to an ingredient, our soap is safe for your pet since we avoid harmful chemicals. We feel that pure and natural works best and that by using goat milk soap, you are fortifying your pet's skin and coat with moisture, vitamins and minerals.
Since every dog is different, we recommend testing the soap to be sure your pet is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
Our pet soaps are also safe for cats as well as dogs, but we suggest using the unscented pet bar for our feline friends. Because cats tend to lick their fur, we'd prefer to play it safe and don't want them to ingest the essential oils in the scented pet bars.
We'd love to hear what you and your dog think of the pet soap!
Disclaimer: We aren't vets and do not attempt to diagnose or treat any skin condition. Check with your vet if you are concerned about what soaps to use on your pet's skin.