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Can you use people shampoo on dogs?

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People shampoo should not be used on dogs because the pH levels of the skin differ, and it can be too harsh for the skin and fur of a dog. Dog shampoo is formulated for the pH balance of a dog's skin and is the recommended product to use.

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People shampoo can strip the natural oils from the dog's coat, which can cause dryness and irritation. This is more likely to happen if a dog is washed with people shampoo for a prolonged period of time. The fragrances in people shampoo can also cause irritation of the skin of a dog if used on a regular basis.

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