Our canine friends love to get dirty. It's just an unfortunate fact that we have to live with, even if our dirty pups can sometimes leave stains all over our brand new carpet. Nothing short of giving them a bath can fix this issue, and we all know how well that can turn out at times.
So I began thinking to myself: could I simply use baby wipes to clean up my dog after a romp in the mud?
After completing my research, I have made some discoveries that certainly surprised me, and today I'll go over my findings with you so that you can be informed as well.
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Can You Use Baby Wipes On Your Dogs?
The answer to this question is, for the most part, a resounding NO! While a baby wipe certainly can seem like a brilliant idea, especially considering that they can be used safely on human skin to freshen up, they should not be used on your dogs.
This is due to a chemical that is found in many brands of baby wipes called “Propylene Glycol”. This chemical can be very toxic if ingested and can make a dog very sick. In worst case scenarios, it could even cause death.
It would be fine if there was a way to keep a dog from licking their fur and paws, but unfortunately, that is not real possible. Even some brands that are known to be “scent-free and alcohol-free” are known to have this chemical in them, so it's better to air on the side of caution and not use baby wipes at all.
Okay, But What If My Baby Wipes Don't Have Propylene Glycol As An Ingredient?
If this is the case, it is still better to air on the side of caution and not use them. While the packaging or website for the baby wipe of your choice may say that it doesn't have the chemical as an active ingredient, many wipes can still contain trace amounts of up to 2% of the Propylene Glycol chemical.
That isn't to say that some brands of baby wipes contain even less, if not none at all, of the chemical as part of their makeup. But when your dog's life could be on the line, is this a chance that you would be truly willing to take? For myself, I think the answer is “NO”.
Can I Trust Wipes Made For Pets?
The answer here may surprise you as well. While there do exist brands of wipes that are made specifically for pets, much like some baby wipes, they can still contain trace amounts of Propylene Glycol in them. The problem here is that most people who buy the wipes assume they're safe for pet use because websites that you can buy the wipes from don't often list the chemical in question as an ingredient.
If you want to be sure if the wipe is safe, read the packaging itself to see if it has any mention of Propylene Glycol. If you want to make doubly sure that your pet will be safe, however, it is better to forgo pet wipes entirely.
Well, In That Case, What Is A Good Way To Keep My Dog Fresh?
The obvious answer to this is a good ol' bath. I know this isn't the preferred way, as giving a dog a bath can be a nightmare in itself sometimes, but it is a sure-fire way to make sure that your dog will get cleaned up without running the risk of exposing them to any harmful substances.
That said, it is still not always preferable depending on the breed of dog as frequent bathing can affect a dog's fur in a negative way. Luckily there are a few other alternatives.
For starters, you can use warm water and apple cider vinegar. This combination is not harmful to pets, and the vinegar can break down dirt and grime, and is also good for the dog's immune system should they try to lick at the vinegar. The only downside to this is the smell, which can be a bit unpleasant until it dissipates.
There are also ways to make your own pet wipes using natural ingredients such as extra virgin coconut oil, aloe Vera gel, and paper towels. These options are similarly good for taking care of a dirty pup, and also has the added benefit of making them smell great! And trust me, with some dogs, this is something that can be a godsend.
Need More Information?
If you are looking for more information on the subject of using baby wipes on dogs, or if you are looking to make some wipes of your own, the following videos can be good sources of information:
It should be pretty obvious at this point that you should not want to use any sort of baby wipe on your dog considering the potential consequences. That said, if you choose to do so, do so using some discretion.
Thanks for reading. We'll leave you with a list of solutions that you can use to keep your dog clean and fresh!
- Use hot water and dog shampoo to bathe them.
- Use a combination of apple cider vinegar and hot water to make a cleaning solution.
- Make your own pet wipes using natural ingredients and paper towels.
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