Derma Dog Don’ts: Dangerous Topical Ingredients for Dogs

Derma Dog Don’ts: Dangerous Topical Ingredients for Dogs

Understanding skincare ingredients for humans is hard enough. The constant battle between what to avoid and what your skin needs, all while trying to make sense of confusing chemical names. Media is continuously bombarding us with new trends of overpriced oils and fancy facials. Through all of the skincare regimes and crazes facing us, there is little-to-no stress placed on the skincare for our furry friends. While we stress clean ingredients for ourselves, we settle for the bargain dog shampoo at the grocery store— without thinking twice about it.

The problem is the lack of stress placed on this topic. Every dog owner knows chocolate is a huge no-no for their best friend, but what about the topical ingredients you bathe your pup with? After all, anything you put on your dog’s coat is directly absorbed into their body. That is why Spina Organics wants to bring awareness to this matter— so your four-legged furry friend is healthy internally, clean externally and happy from nose to tail!


The Basics

When searching for suds, never settle for artificial or synthetic fragrances. Synthetic equates to carcinogenic; these are harmful and cheap ways manufacturers mass-dispense products. Equally so, natural does not equate to pup-friendly. Tea Tree Oil is a commonly used household product; however, this oil is not suitable for canines. In fact, it is considered toxic. Tea tree oil should neither be applied topically on your dog’s coat nor diffused in a pet’s household.   

Dyes are another ingredient to lookout for. Yellow Dye 5 is linked to allergies, hyperactivity, insomnia and even aggression. Simultaneously, Red Dye 33 is a known carcinogen. This coal tar dye is so dangerous that it is banned in many countries. California's Proposition 65 requires an appropriate cancer warning on products containing Red Dye 33. Sadly enough, Red Dye 33 is more common in pet care products than you may think.

It is always a good idea to stand by this rule: if you wouldn’t put it on your body— don’t put it on your pets’.


Getting Detailed

Let’s dive deep into those puzzling chemical names that you can hardly pronounce. Many of these ingredients are highly contaminated by toxic byproducts. However, regulations in the pet industry are tenuous and as a result, companies easily sneak these into the laundry list of ingredients.

Here are some common ingredients found in pet products that you should avoid:


  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Contains known cancer-inducing agents with the potential to cause nasal and liver tumors. Harmful for the nervous system, liver and kidneys.
  • Sodium Coceth Sulfate: Hazards similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Frequently causes allergic reactions.
  • Triclosan: Microbial resistance, endocrine disruption, higher incidence of allergies, altered thyroid hormone metabolism, and may induce tumors.
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): Skin penetration enhancer, often contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide toxins.
  • Phenoxyethanol: Frequently causes allergic reactions.
  • Retinyl Palmitate: Carcinogenic effects.
  • Dimethicone: Traps impurities in the skin.
  • Quaternium-15: Allergen with toxic effects on the skin. Formaldehyde-releasing chemical.
  • Potassium Sorbate: Skin and eye irritant.
  • Pthalates: Hormone disruptors suspected to trigger endocrine system issues.
  • Cocamide DEA / MEA: Usually highly contaminated by nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic and have reproductive toxicity, development toxicity, and organ system toxicity.
  • Polysorbates: When ethylene oxide is not completely cleaned out of the final ingredients, it is contaminated with a known carcinogen.
  • Artificial Coloring: Synthesized from coal tar and petroleum, they are linked to organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions.

Do note that Spins Organics never uses the above ingredients in our products.


The Solution

Memorizing these ingredients, fragrances and dyes is a headache. The solution is simple. Spina Organics does not compromise quality for profit. We use all vegan, pH balanced ingredients with both cleansing and soothing properties. The botanical extracts are of the highest purity and quality. Our suds are non-irritating, extra-gentle and always-safe.


Curious about the wide range of pet care products Spina Organics has to offer?

Looking to add some extra shine to your furry friend’s coat?

Want to learn more about our all-natural ingredients?

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