We are all guilty of skipping the fine print sometimes. While cruising the supermarket aisles, most of us simply don’t have the time to peruse every ingredients list before chucking groceries in the trolley. At most, we’ll scan the face of the product for buzzwords and key phrases like “No Added Sugar” or “Sulfate Free”, and there ends the extent of our investigation.

The same logic applies when shopping for pet care products. But when it comes to your furry friend, it’s worth looking at labels with a more discerning eye. Animals have very specific needs, and are often sensitive to certain ingredients. Grooming products, in particular, should be purchased with caution. Many shampoos, washes and conditioners contain harsh chemicals that can cause irritation to your pet. Chemical residues can remain in their fur even after washing the product off. And if they were to lick their paws or coat, they risk ingesting these harmful substances which could result in serious illness.

In order to avoid any impromptu trips to the vet, make sure to do your research before trying a new product. There are certain ingredients to keep an eye out for so you can make responsible and mindful decisions when it comes to caring for your pet. Here are some of the main culprits to watch.

1.     Phthalates

These cheap, petroleum-based molecules are used in many artificial fragrances. Phthalates are known hormone disruptors that cause reproductive cancers in both pets and humans. The issue is, phthalates often won’t be listed specifically on labels, since they fall under the umbrella of generic ‘artificial fragrance’, hiding its potentially toxic components. If a product does not specify the ingredients of the fragrance itself, it’s best to reconsider.

2.     Artificial dyes or colourants

These substances are added purely for aesthetics, and usually do more harm than good to your pet. They generally indicate that the product is cheaply made, and full of synthetic ingredients. While they may look appealing to the eye, dyes can be made of coal tar and heavy metal salts like arsenic and lead. This can lead to severe and prolonged irritation.

3.     Mineral oils

Another petroleum-based substance, mineral oil is known to clog pores and inhibit the pet’s skin from breathing.  Additionally, mineral oils disrupt your pet’s ability to produce its own natural oils for its skin.

4.     Isothiazolinones

Isothiazolinones are used to preserve water-based grooming products, extending their shelf life. These substances are identified as allergens, which can inflame your pet’s skin and cause them serious discomfort.

Show your pet how much you care by giving them what’s best for their health. Don’t be drawn in by cheap prices and flashy marketing – it is never worth compromising your furry friend’s wellbeing. If you’re looking for an all-natural pet shampoo, look no further than Euca Pet Shampoo. This gentle formula is made using a delicate blend of botanical ingredients that won’t irritate your pet’s skin. Designed to gently cleanse, condition and nourish their coat, it will leave fur looking and feeling fresh and glossy. Euca Pet Shampoo will not dry out their skin or remove any natural oils – rather, it has a calming and soothing effect. It also has a new, naturally derived, odour-fighting ingredient called PTG-D1, which effectively eliminates any unpleasant smells. Being 100% environmentally friendly, you can use the leftover water on your garden or lawn when finished up in the bath.

But Euca’s high-performance, eco-friendly products don’t end there. Euca has a wide range of personal care, laundry and cleaning products that are loved and trusted by thousands of loyal customers. Proudly Australian, all of our products are made with love in our factory near Melbourne.  Shop local, shop sustainable, shop www.eucaonline.com.au today.

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