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Parabens & SLS in Dog Shampoo – Are They Harmful?

Are parabens really that harmful? After all they are found in millions of dog shampoos around the world…

What are Parabens?


Parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and they are used as preservatives – that’s why they are found in so many products. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring. Naturally occurring parabens have been found in blueberries, of all places!

In view of the various scientific studies on parabens, many dog  owners are opting to use paraben-free products just to be on the safe side.

Parabens are found in many pet grooming products, and can cause severe irritation to a dogs skin and fur if a reaction occurs.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Animals exposed to SLS can experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. SLS may damage the skin’s immune system and can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. SLS can remain in the body for up to five days and maintain residual levels in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.

SLS is found in most skin products that foam.

All of our organic skincare products for pets are Paraben and SLS free. We know how sensitive your pets skin can be so only support natural high quality products that really work!

Have a look at our range of Dermagic organic pet shampoos and Soap Bars… If you have never tried bathing you pet with a shampoo bar you’re in for a treat, as these easy to use naturally foaming bars not only smell divine, but do the job without messy bottles and lids. They are also eco friendly as they are packaged in recycled card, avoiding plastic bottles….


Dermagic Dog Shampoo Bars

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