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Does Dog Shampoo Expire? Click Here to Know How Long it Lasts!

Our furry little best friends may be the happiest beings of our lives, but to ensure that they are happy themselves, we should take great care of them. A pet is a commitment that requires a lot of patience and, of course, LOVE!

One of the most important parts of maintenance is giving our dogs a bath. When we speak of a bath,we immediately think of shampoos and conditioners. It is mandatory to buy them good shampoos and conditioners, and not just use yours.

Think about this – Would you use a dog shampoo? Obviously not. Then, why force dogs to use our shampoos? Dog shampoos are specially formulated to nourish their skin and fur. Human shampoos don’t meet these requirements. Also, the chemicals or ingredients in human shampoos can be very harmful to dogs because their skin is more sensitive than ours. Thus, you should always buy good quality dog-specific shampoos after thorough research.

Does Dog Shampoo Expire?

This is a very frequently asked question, and we thought it was time to answer it. The short answer is, yes. Dog shampoo has an expiration date. That’s why, even if you buy a large bottle that can last for 2 years, you should check the label and cease to use it if it passes the expiration date.

You will find the manufacturing and expiration date at the bottom, more often than not. Sadly, though, some manufacturers do not mention this at all. Our advice is to steer clear of such brands altogether. Also, when you head out to shop for your pooch, make sure you pick up the newest bottle. This will ensure that it lasts long.

We are sure we don’t need to tell you not to use expired products at all. There’s a reason why an expiration date is mentioned. If the bottle has crossed it, please discard it. It has the potential to cause serious skin infections.

How Long does Dog Shampoo Last?

Now that you know that dog shampoos indeed expire, we are pretty sure you are wondering how long they actually last. Depending on the type of shampoo, you can assume that it will last anywhere between 6 and 18 months. For example, flea and tick shampoo have a short shelf-life, while natural  and organic shampoo last much longer.

Conclusion

Dog shampoos can last up to 18 months and will expire after that. Never buy a bottle without checking the date and ensuring that you have enough time before it expires. It is not worth risking your dog’s health and happiness at all.

Happy shampooing to you and your pooch!

Tonya G. Hubbs

Hi, I am Tonya Hubbs. I am a postgraduate in zoology and have a keen interest in animal welfare. Being a mommy to two dogs, Salt and Pepper, have helped me to know about pet care in depth. I write blogs on dogs, cats and other pets to share my knowledge of years with the people. When not writing, you will find me playing with my pets and learning piano.

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