8 of the Best Shampoos for Small Dogs

Best shampoos for small dogs

Bath time. By: DerekTGreen/Flickr

There are hundreds of brands and types of shampoos for small dogs. These cleansers are made specifically for certain conditions pertaining to skin and coat. Here are eight of the best:

1. SheaPet Shea Butter

Ideal for dogs with very sensitive skin as well as for puppies. It is all-natural and promotes a healthy coat that is soft and shiny. Shea butter shampoo is also said to moisturize the skin, which would help relieve itching and dryness.

2. Drs. Foster and Smith Hypo-Allergenic

Designed for dogs with allergies. There are no added colors or scents, which makes this a wise choice for small dogs with allergic conditions.


3. U Dog U Herbal

This one is actually in bar form, which is quite different from the normal liquid cleanser. It contains aloe to help repair dry skin and other natural ingredients to repel bugs.

4. Solay Pets All-Natural

Cleans, deodorizes and promotes healthy skin in a natural way. Solay Pets products are made from 100 percent cruelty-free and vegan ingredients.

5. Vet’s Best Anti-Shedding

For the pet that sheds constantly, Vet’s Best Anti-Shedding Dog Shampoo (affiliate link) is a good choice. The ingredients strengthen the dog hair follicles. It softens the skin and promotes a healthy shine for the coat. This shampoo is also recommended for senior canines that are beginning to experience a thinning of the coat. It significantly reduces the amount of shedding and coat loss.

6. Skunk Off

One of the best cleansers for removing skunk odor from a dog’s coat and skin is Skunk Off. It neutralizes the skunk odor almost immediately but is said to be safe for even the most sensitive skin as well as puppies over 8 weeks of age. Read more advice for removing skunk odor.

7. Skin-eze

Developed by a veterinarian, Skin-eze is all-natural and kills dog fleas, ticks and lice. It also moisturizes and heals the skin. Many pet shampoos can do that, of course, but Skin-eze also reduces the amount of dander in the coat, hence eliminating the allergic owner’s problems. This is the best dog shampoo for allergic families.

8. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

Finally, one of the most veterinarian-recommended shampoos for small dogs and puppies for maintenance bathing is, believe it or not, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. You can buy it almost anywhere and it’s inexpensive. It does not sting the eyes and is gentle enough for puppies of any age.

There are many great shampoos, but there is no single one “best shampoo for small dogs.” The one that works for your own pet is the top shampoo for you to buy.

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  • ken

    Is there a dog shampoo on the market that has a steroid added to the solution, such as a Betamethasone or Clobetasol.