Can I put lotion on my dogs fur?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

You should not put lotion on your dog’s fur. While it may seem like a good idea to moisturize their coat, it can actually be harmful to them. Dogs have a natural oil on their skin and fur that helps keep them moisturized and protected. Adding lotion to their fur can disrupt this natural balance and cause skin issues.

One of the main concerns with using human lotion on dogs is the potential for ingestion. Dogs tend to lick themselves and can easily ingest any lotion that is applied to their fur. Many human skin lotions contain chemicals that are not safe for dogs to consume. Ingesting moisturizers can lead to digestive issues such as drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea in pets.

Additionally, some ingredients commonly found in human lotions can be toxic to dogs. For example, certain fragrances, essential oils, and preservatives can be harmful if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Dogs have different sensitivities and reactions to these ingredients compared to humans, so it’s best to avoid using products not specifically designed for dogs.

If your dog has dry or itchy skin, there are alternative options that are safe and specifically formulated for dogs. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your pet’s specific needs. They may recommend a dog-friendly moisturizing shampoo or a specialized topical treatment.

It’s important to remember that dogs have different skin pH levels and sensitivities compared to humans. What may work well for us may not be suitable for our furry friends. Using products specifically made for dogs will not only ensure their safety but also provide the appropriate care for their unique skin and coat needs.

It’s best to avoid putting lotion on your dog’s fur. While it may seem like a simple solution for dry or itchy skin, the potential risks and harm outweigh the benefits. Stick to products specifically made for dogs and consult with your veterinarian for proper guidance and recommendations.