Neem Dog Shampoo

By: Sharon Dianora

Why Use Neem Dog Shampoo

Neem dog shampoo contains neem oil which is a proven and safe method for treating many skin conditions in both humans and dogs.  It has been used for thousands of years in the Indian culture, namely the Ayurvedic health system, which uses natural and herbal remedies.  When translated, the word "Ayurvedic" means "the science of life."  It comes from the Sanskrit language and combines two words avus (life) and veda (science).

Neem Dog Shampoo

Ayurvedic medicine is becoming more and more popular in Western culture today.  There are more products on our shelves containing herbal remedies, including neem oil.  Neem is a safe and natural herb that can be used to treat may dog skin conditions.  

Having said that, quantity and dilution is an essential factor, so make sure you conduct further research if you're thinking of using neem oil alone.  Otherwise, buying a neem dog shampoo that already has the correct formulation added is a safer alternative.  Click on the image at the bottom of this page to buy a neem shampoo that has been specially formulated for dogs. 

Benefits of Neem Dog Shampoo

Neem oil packs a powerful punch.  It has antimicrobial, antifungal,  and antibacterial properties.  It also acts as a natural pest control as it is an antifeedant.

These "anti" agents keep your dog's skin clean and free of irritants.  Below is a more in-depth look at how each agent helps your dog's skin.

Neem Dog Shampoo as an Antimicrobial

A dog's skin is home to a microbiome environment.  Essentially this means that there are thousands of microorganisms living on your dog's skin. This is made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.  Some are harmless, but some cause your dog lots of itching and scratching.  

An antimicrobial is something that destroys or inhibits the growth of these microorganisms.  Therefore by using a dog shampoo that contains neem oil, you are controlling and preventing many skin conditions that could affect your dogs.  

Neem as an Antifungal

Many dogs suffer from an over-population of yeast on their skin, which is uncomfortable and causes lots of itching.  Yeast is a fungus that needs an antifungal agent to remove.  Bathing your dog with a shampoo that contains neem oil helps to kill the fungi and keep the yeast population under control.   

It also works against ringworm as this is a fungus.

See here for more information on treating yeast infections in dogs.

When used as a shampoo, Neem will soothe the skin, remove flaky skin and get rid of any fungus or yeast on the skin.

Neem as an Antibacterial

As mentioned above, bacteria are found on a dog's skin as part of their microbiome environment.  Bacteria is everywhere and is almost impossible to avoid, especially for dogs.  They roll on grass, mud, or even just indoor floors will contribute to the buildup of bacteria.  Coupled with their infrequency of bathing (compared to humans), you can see why they have a lot of bacteria on their skin.

Most of the time, this isn't a problem, but when your dog has an open wound, bacteria can get into their system, causing an infection.   That's why bathing with an antibacterial agent will help to keep bacteria levels to a minimum.

Neem dog shampoo that contains neem oil will have natural antibacterial properties that can keep bacteria in check naturally.

Neem as a Natural Pesticide

By bathing your pet in neem dog shampoo, you're also adding an extra layer of pest control.  Neem oil has antifeedant properties.  Antifeedant means that it inhibits normal insect feeding behavior. 

This is good for your dog as it is effective against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and mites. Most insects are also repelled by neem oil, so bathing in a neem dog shampoo will act as a repellent too.

Conditions Treated by Neem

Neem dog shampoo is a multi-purpose natural shampoo that is effective in treating the following conditions:

  • Yeast
  • Ringworm
  • Hot Spots
  • Eczema
  • Cocker Crud
  • Dry/Scaly skin
  • Itching
  • Flea and Tick infestations

Best Neem Dog Shampoo

Dog Neem Shampoo

Nature's Specialties Quick Relief Neem Shampoo is a non-toxic, biodegradable shampoo suitable for dogs, puppies, kittens and small animals.

It is PH balanced especially for dogs.

Blended with Neem oil, aloe vera, vitamins A, D, & E and other essential oils.

References:

Hoffmann, A. R., Patterson, A. P., Diesel, A., Lawhon, S. D., Ly, H. J., Stephenson, C. E., … Suchodolski, J. S. (2014). The Skin Microbiome in Healthy and Allergic Dogs. PLoS ONE9(1). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083197

Courtney Meason-Smith, Alison Diesel, Adam P. Patterson, Caitlin E. Older, Joanne M. Mansell, Jan S. Suchodolski, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, What is living on your dog's skin? Characterization of the canine cutaneous mycobiota and fungal dysbiosis in canine allergic dermatitis, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 91, Issue 12, December 2015, fiv139, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiv139

Ferlow, K. (2015). Neem: natures healing gift to humanity. Mission, British Columbia: Neem Research.

https://www.neemfoundation.org

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