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    11-07-2009, 10:58 PM
Horse shampoo on dogs?

I have used Quicksilver on my dog's white spots a few times. I always rinse it off very, very well. Recently some told me horse shampoos are toxic to dogs. Is this true? If so, why?
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    11-07-2009, 10:59 PM
Doubt it. I think they're crazy lol. If its toxic it would be effecting the dog the horse and YOU. I don't think its in any manufacturers best interest to put anything toxic in horse shampoo.
    11-07-2009, 11:06 PM
I agree. Why would it be okay to use on a horse and NOT a dog. Sound kinda a silly to me
    11-07-2009, 11:46 PM
I think some of the products like MTG could be harsh on a dog, simply because of all the chemicals in it, but I wouldn't think that "most" shampoos would be. I have used Mane and Tail on dogs before without issue. I love the smell, and it's always produced a nice soft manageable coat.

I DO prefer to use shampoos\conditioners on both, that are silicon and lanolin free, as well as free from other harsh drying chemicals.
    11-07-2009, 11:57 PM
I have never heard that before - interesting!

I have seen the Mane And Tail products for horses on store shelves in the Hair Section - like Walmart. So if Horse Shampoo products can be used on Human Heads, and Human Shampoo Products can be used on both dog and horse coats....then my Sherlock Holmes conclusion would be - that's rediculous my dear watson.

Heck, I am a Certified Dog Groomer, and I use Polmolive Dish Soap on all of my clients. Guess what - I use it on my horse too :P
    11-08-2009, 12:05 AM
I used to use Dawn, or Palmolive, but got away from it, because I was finding that it caused more dryness, and skin problems in alot of clients. I started using the more 'natural' products on them, and they started coming in with much better skin and coats. I could tell the difference if their owners switched to another groomer, and they did them a couple of times in a row, because their issues would return. Now I know that sometimes it's not "just" one product that causes problems with skin and coat, but I found that eliminating that one, definitely DID make a difference in a heck of a lot of clients that I groomed. I also don't like the fact that dish soaps strip the coat of both good and bad oils; which can be sometimes be directly caused TO the problems dogs\cats have because you upset that chemical balance, and it takes a week for those 'good' oils to return.
    11-08-2009, 12:12 AM
Intersting! I've never had a client with skin issues while using Polmolive.

When I went to school for a year, the school I attended used Polmolive. Works great. Obviously it was very watered down. I can put 1/8 of the dish soap into an empty container and fill the rest up with water and SHABAZZ I've got a great lather and a clean dog.

I groom at home every weekend and I haven't yet seen any skin and coat issues. I see each dog every 6 weeks. Of course, I am sure their owners bathe them inbetween appointments.

I'll have to keep an eye out now that you pointed that out.

I refuse to groom cats, their skin is so thin I wouldn't want to do any harm to them and I wouldn't take the chance. I've heard horror stories.
    11-08-2009, 12:31 AM
Eqyss horse products are awesome. They use natural products. They just came out with a pet line but the products are pretty much the same in ingrediants. I get the horse stuff for my horse and my dog. The creator uses it on himself. They have everything from shampoos and sprays to detangler and marigold fly repellent. Even a blanket wash that is non irritating to the horse. I am definitely an fan of Eqyss!!
    11-08-2009, 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by 1dog3cats17rodents    
I have used Quicksilver on my dog's white spots a few times. I always rinse it off very, very well. Recently some told me horse shampoos are toxic to dogs. Is this true? If so, why?
I highly doubt it. If it were toxic to dogs, it would be toxic to us. You would have to wear a full suit just to bath a lot of horse coat products can work for both humans and horses, I can't see why it would be an issue, tho remember that horse care products are made to help clean a horse's thick coat(mane and tail), not thin dog hair.

I think you would probably be better off using dog card products intended for dogs as it will give you the result you want, but you would be able to get away with horse care shampoos.
    11-08-2009, 10:36 PM
I used Mane & Tail on my collie once. Whatever works. Lol

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