Vegan Dog Shampoo – 5 of the Best

Image of Coco the very cute Lhasa Apso dog with a dirty face where she has been burying treats in the mud

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Many of us put a lot of time and effort into finding the right vegan shampoo for ourselves, so it’s only right that we invest a bit of time in finding the best vegan dog shampoo for our animal companions too.

Coco, the rather muddy-faced Lhasa Apso dog pictured above, shares her life with us.

Thoughtfully, she likes leaving big holes in the garden for us to fill up, either because she has:

  1. buried one of her treats, or
  2. dug a big hole, just because she can

 

We need her to keep us occupied in this way. After all, what else would we be doing, other than maybe working and earning a living…

One of her other favourite pastimes is rolling in random poo on field paths. Fox, badger, bird, or even another dog’s, she’s not fussy to be honest. As long as she can roll in it repeatedly so it really sticks to her fur and maximises those heady country smells, that’s all she really cares about.

However, therein lies a problem. We don’t share her choice of perfume, and she doesn’t share our love of baths (I have also reviewed the best vegan soap bars for smelly humans if you’d like to take a look). So, what I fail to understand is why she hasn’t put 2 and 2 together to realise that rolling in smelly stuff results in a long walk to the bathroom.

Consequently, I am frequently Public Enemy No. 1.

Apparently, according to popular opinion, I am the only one in our house who has all the skills required to fulfil the important role of Chief Dog Washer. I hadn’t realised I was gifted in this way. I’m obviously very pleased to be so good at something though, and, as I wring my clothes out, mop the bathroom floor and clean the mud off the ceiling, I feel thankful that my strengths are recognised by my family.

Choosing the Right Vegan Dog Shampoo

Like many dogs, Coco has sensitive skin and she can get very itchy if I use the wrong products.

That is clearly incredibly important. After all, she has no choice about what I put on her skin, so I have to make important decisions on her behalf, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

However, I think it is also important that I remain true to my own vegan principles where it is possible to do so. Consequently, I have always tried to choose products with great care.

Importantly, just because something is labelled as a vegan dog shampoo, it doesn’t automatically mean that it is a good product. I would love to think that all vegan products are good, but that would be naive.

So, factors you may want to consider when choosing the best shampoo for smelly dogs will include:

  • skin sensitivity
  • use of organic ingredients
  • eco-friendly packaging
  • vegan ingredients
  • price
  • cruelty-free testing

The Best Vegan Dog Shampoos

I have carefully researched a number of vegan dog shampoos and have listed my 5 favourite products below. I’d like to say they are Coco’s favourites too but I can’t be sure about that, although I do know that none of these make her itch or negatively affect her sensitive skin.

However, you probably know what is best for your canine companion, so always take them into consideration when choosing a product.

Finally, I’d like to note that this post is not sponsored and I have not received any free products. This is a genuine review based on my own research.

Faith in Nature Dog Shampoo

Bottle of Faith in Nature Chamomile Vegan Dog Shampoo
5/5

A great shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin. Faith in Nature is a tried and tested brand with a strong commitment to the environment. They use recycled plastic, sell large 5l refills and have filling stations at shops all over the UK. They also now sell vegan dog shampoo in paper wrapped solid bars.

Using organic, vegan ingredients, it’s a high quality product. It doesn’t produce too much lather, probably because it doesn’t contain any nasties, so don’t use too much. There are a variety of scents, all of which are natural and light – I don’t think dogs should smell of strong perfume, it doesn’t seem right somehow – so these are great.

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Little Beast Pet Shampoo Bar

Cardboard box packaging containing a bar of organic little beast pet shampoo made by the Little Soap Company
5/5

I am very impressed by this product. Organic, vegan and cruelty-free this is a pet shampoo product made by The Little Soap Company.

It is packaged only in the cardboard box you see here and is a solid bar of vegan dog shampoo.

It has a lovely, mild scent and lathers and cleans very well. It also rinses off easily. The scent doesn’t last too long, but I like that. Dogs should really smell of dogs, within reason…

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Wild for Dogs Shampoo

Lifestyle photo of Wild for Dogs shampoo and conditioner bottles
4.5/5

This is a lovely product, and they do conditioner too!

All the ingredients are dog-friendly, particularly for those with sensitive skin, and are fully vegan. Eco-friendly too, the products all come in glass bottles.

The scent is low key but lovely, it lathers reasonably well, and the concentrated version is better value for money. This definitely has a ‘premium brand’ feel, but is a little more expensive than some.

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Betty & Butch Hemp Pet Shampoo

4/5

Betty & Butch’s vegan and cruelty free product offering contains hemp seed oil, enhanced with colloidal oatmeal and lavender essential oils, making it good for dogs with sensitive skin.

It has a fairly low-key scent and leaves your dog’s coat feeling really soft. All those good ingredients are good for your dog too!

This is at the higher end of the price range and whilst I know they are committed to sustainable packaging for their dog foods, this shampoo comes in a plastic bottle.

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K9 Organics Dog Shampoo

Large plastic bottle of K9 Organics Dog Shampoo
3.5/5

This is a reliable product, with a couple of different shampoo scents, plus one formulated specifically for dogs with sensitive skin.

All the ingredients are vegan and largely organic. I’m not sure about the packaging however. The bottle I purchased was plastic, although their website mentions they use alternative packaging where possible.

This is at the top end of the price range however, making it a more expensive choice. The price, together with the plastic packaging, lowered my product rating.

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