Everyone of us out there who is a dog owner can agree that we love to pamper and spoil our dogs. Some people think that since we love bath bombs that our dogs may love them too. Lets test this theory and see if this is truly the case.
Bath bombs are safe for dogs and other pets for the most part, but the more you know about the ingredients and what goes into making them, the better off you will be. In this article we will discuss the possible effects of bath bombs on a dogs’ skin and stomach health so you can make the decision for yourself if you will let your dog hop in the bath with you or not.
Bath Bombs and the Essential Oils on a Dog's Skin
Certain bath bombs actually have nourishing oils such as coconut oil and essential oils that do amazing work for the human skin. But does it have the same result for your dog? Some dog owners swear about how bath bombs keep their dogs' skin well hydrated and their fur coats shinier and softer. They even say their fur coats are at less risk to damage.
This could be due to the nourishing oils that bath bombs have. Coconut oil keeps dogs’ fur shiny because of a substance it contains called lauric acid. "Lauric acid has a unique chemical makeup that allows it to penetrate hair shafts easily." (source: https://www.bathbombbootcamp.com/essential-oils-bath-bombs.html) This is why coconut oil is used in a lot of hair care products. Other dog owners claim that bath bombs with coconut oil help with their dogs’ dry skin and eczema. As you can see, a lot of great benefits for our K-9 friends.
You should still do your research despite these supposed benefits. If your dog shows signs of skin irritation such as redness or itchiness, stop bathing them with bath bombs right away.
The main worry most dog owners have is when dogs accidentally drink up the bath bomb water. There is a lot of cause for worry as it may poison them and threaten their health. Most bath bombs don’t have poisonous substances for dogs such as chocolate, caffeine, xylitol (a sweetener found in candies and baked goods).
Some people are still worried about bath bombs since most contain essential oils. Certain essential oils are useful as home remedies for particular ailments dogs suffer from. However, there are also oils that your dog should stay away from.
Although bath bombs with essential oils are generally diluted to the point that the volume of essential oils is almost non existence. But you should still avoid bath bombs with dangerous essential oils just to be cautious.
Essential oils that pose a danger for dogs that are known are lemon grass, cinnamon and tea tree oils. Safe essential oils include lavender, ginger, eucalyptus, citronella, and others.
There is a lot of debate on which essential oils are safe or harmful for dogs. It’s best to ask a local trusted veterinarian who is educated in oils. If your dog shows signs of an upset stomach such as vomiting, impenitence, or diarrhea, take him to the vet right away.
Bath bombs with the correct ingredients are usually safe for dogs. Before buying a few bath bombs for your dog, ask your vet first . If they are safe and you decide to go ahead and use it, and your dog shows signs of discomfort after using a bath bomb, stop use and have it checked with its vet for any serious issues.
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