Wahl Dry Skin Itch Relief Oatmeal & Coconut Lime Pet Shampoo

Last updated date: August 28, 2020

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Wahl Dry Skin Itch Relief Oatmeal & Coconut Lime Pet Shampoo

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 15 expert reviews, the Wahl Wahl Dry Skin Itch Relief Oatmeal & Coconut Lime Pet Shampoo placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 23, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pet Shampoo for a detailed review of all the top pet shampoos.

Expert Summarized Score
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
3,984 user reviews
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What experts liked
Plus, Wahl has been serving professional vets and groomers for over 50 years, and has a loyal following when it comes to their dog grooming products—seems like they know what they’re doi
- Rover
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From The Manufacturer

Our oatmeal formula pet shampoo is pH balanced, alcohol free, paraben free, PEG-80 free and is highly recommended for moisturizing dry skin & providing itch relief

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.7
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John Paul Pet Sensitive Skin Oatmeal Pet Shampoo
2. John Paul Pet Sensitive Skin Oatmeal Pet Shampoo
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 0
Fresh ‘n Clean Classic Fresh Scented Pet Shampoo
6. Fresh ‘n Clean Classic Fresh Scented Pet Shampoo
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
Pet Head LIfe’s An Itch Soothing Pet Shampoo
7. Pet Head LIfe’s An Itch Soothing Pet Shampoo
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Soap Free Pet Shampoo
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Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Pet Shampoos

If you like cuddle time with your dog, you probably have noticed that sometimes pets can smell not so pleasant. Even if you don’t notice the odor, your guests and other household members may.

But how often a dog needs to be bathed varies from one breed to another. Some pets, such as the Chinese Crested, need weekly baths, while those with longer hair, as seen in the Maltese and Collie breeds, can go four to six weeks between baths. In the latter case, though, a lot of maintenance is involved in keeping the coat free of mats and tangles between those grooming sessions. In other words, you may not have to shampoo once a week, but brushing may be a daily occurrence.

If you’re washing your dog yourself, the type of shampoo you use is also an important factor. With pets, the skin beneath the coat is just as important as the fur you’re washing. Dog shampoo is formulated to be safe for use on both the hairs on a dog’s coat and the skin beneath.

Natural ingredients are especially popular in today’s pet shampoos. You’ll likely find plenty of options that have oatmeal, aloe, chamomile and similar ingredients designed to clean while also being gentle on a pet’s skin.

As with your own hair, once you’ve shampooed, the next step is conditioner. You’ll need to make sure the fur is soft after it dries. This not only makes it pleasing to touch, but it will also give it that attractive sheen and make it easy to brush. For longer-haired dogs, it can keep mats and tangles to a minimum.

But before you start shopping for pet shampoo, you should note the special needs your pet has. If you’re merely trying to improve your pet’s scent, you’ll have more options than if you’re treating an issue like skin irritation or removing allergens with a bath.

DWYM Fun Fact

It may seem hard to believe as you’re snuggling with your favorite furry family member, but dogs have evolved from wild animals. As canines moved from the forest to the sofa, some changes have been seen in their physical makeup. One is that many dogs no longer shed seasonally since they aren’t as exposed to the elements as they once were. Instead, fur sheds year-round.

But perhaps the most interesting change is in the facial expressions domesticated dogs can muster. Wolves lack the ability to lift their eyebrows to make those soulful eyes that seem to work so well in winning the hearts of humans.

The Pet Shampoo Buying Guide

  • If your pet is not a fan of baths, there are some things you can do to make it easier. You can gradually acclimate your dog to the bathtub by first setting it up with treats and toys, then later starting to gradually add water.
  • While you bathe, try to avoid getting water or shampoo in your pet’s ears. Water can become lodged in their sensitive canals, causing health problems.
  • Don’t spray your pet’s face or apply shampoo around the eyes and ears. Instead, wet a washcloth and use that to gently wash those sensitive areas.
  •  The right shampoo can also make bath time more pleasant for your pet. The soap should be mild enough so that it doesn’t cause irritation. You can find shampoos that are made specifically for sensitive skin, so if your pet tends to scratch or have flaky skin, look for something like that.
  • Never use human shampoo on a pet. Human shampoo is formulated for the pH of human skin, and a dog’s skin has a completely different pH.
  • Some pet owners use hair dryers to dry their pets. The problem with this is that some pets are frightened by the noise. If you go this route, be very careful not to direct hot air in the same area too long. A moisture-absorbing towel is typically a better option, although your dog will likely shake off, spraying water everywhere, no matter how much water you absorb.
  • If you’re buying shampoo for a puppy, look for one with ingredients that soothe, as well as a formulation that reduces sting if it somehow gets in your pup’s eyes during the bath.
  • One way to help ease a pet’s anxiety about bath time is to look for a shampoo that has the scent of lavender, which is thought to help with relaxation.