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Pet Hygiene, and Why It's So Important!

A Cleaner, Happier, Healthier Pet Today!


Anyone with animals knows that a pet is not really a pet. They're family. And for many of us, it's a big family.

In fact, 70% of households have a pet. That's over 90 million homes with an extended family that they love and cherish. (1) (2)

Unfortunately, though, many people don't clean their pet well enough, and many are washing their pet with the wrong products, which can end up hurting them and not really cleaning them at all.

But don't worry. There is a NEW WAY to give your pet the gift of clean and protected skin, without stripping them of their natural oils.

In this blog, we talk about pet hygiene, why it's important, and how to take the BEST CARE of your pet today!




Although pets are softer and more cuddly than their human counterparts, many pets experience similar skin problems that humans have. This includes odor, itchiness and other skin problems that would have us scratching on our way to the doctor.

Thankfully, though, with proper cleaning, these common skin problems are preventable, which is what makes PET HYGIENE so important. (3)

Animals also tend to carry many germs on them, including germs you may not think of, like E.coli, ringworm, and salmonella, which is why the CDC recommends thorough washings after playing with your pet. (4)


FUN FACT: Dogs have a cellular turnover rate that's eight days faster than a human's. Clean your pet's skin with the soothing organic ingredients found in GARNER'S GARDEN ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO! (5)


When talking about pet hygiene, we also need to talk about a particular kind of disease scientists call zoonotic diseases.

Zoonotic diseases are those diseases that can spread from animals to humans, and there are many of them. In fact, 6 out of 10 infectious diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans. (6)

And as many of you know, dogs can accumulate A LOT of dirt on their coat, which can lead to odor. In this way, proper hygiene and cleaning of your pet also helps you and allows you to maintain a clean home! (7)


For a safe and effective way to clean your pet, check out Garner's Garden All-Natural Pet Shampoo, which uses therapeutic grade essential oils to soothe your pet's skin, repel bugs, and provide your pet with cleaner and healthier skin today! Also hypoallergenic!




Many of our pets shed, and that's a good thing. In fact, healthy shedding is a necessary and natural method of removing all the damaged or unneeded hair of your dog's undercoat.

Unfortunately, unnatural shedding can also be a result of ticks and other bacteria and parasites that can cause harm to your pride and joy. (8)

But before you start freaking out, know that dirt and grime are just par for the course when it comes to having a pet, which can also dirty up you and your home. Having the RIGHT ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO will help your pet (and kitchen) be cleaner immediately. (9)


FUN FACT: Ticks and fleas can cause mood swings in your pet. Naturally repel bugs today by washing your pet with GARNER'S GARDEN ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO! (10)


Everyone loves snuggling up to their pet and their soft fur, but when we do that, we can also be snuggling up to dust and allergens. That's because pet fur traps pollen and dust pretty easily.

But before you get mad at all that fur, this same fur also offers protection from organisms and dangers in the environment - all the more important you keep it clean. (11)

It's also important you know what breed of pet you have, as certain dog breeds need to cleaned in different ways to provide them the BEST AND HEALTHIEST CARE. (12)


After washing your pet with Garner's Garden All-Natural Pet Shampoo, be sure to apply Garner's Garden All-Natural DEET Free Bug Repellent Oil before drying them off!





Though your dog's skin may seem like a soft pillow most days, pet skin is actually a vital part of a pet's healthy life, requiring normal cleaning.

Dog skin, for example, contains essential nerve endings allowing them to detect pressure, temperature, and pain triggers, making their skin simply an extension of their immune system. (13)

The importance of cleaning your pet's skin is also evident by the fact that dogs contain an epidermis (top layer of skin) with five layers - proving just how important their skin is in preventing infections and immune problems. (14)


FUN FACT: Skin is the largest organ of your pet's body. Be sure to nourish this important organ with the essential oils found in GARNER'S GARDEN ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO! (15)


Something else to remember about pets is that what you clean them with matters. In fact, your dog's pH is actually very different from your pH.

This extends to your pet's eyes as well, which can be easily irritated, and their ears, where common problems make it one of the leading causes of people seeking a veterinarian's care. (16)

It's also important to know that aside from pH, pet skin can be extra susceptible to certain ingredients found in over-the-counter shampoos, making them unsafe for pet use. (17)


Your pet's coat contains natural oils that are there for a reason! Safely clean your pet without stripping these essential oils away by using Garner's Garden All-Natural Pet Shampoo!





We mentioned how all dogs are different, but cleaning them is important in keeping dander at bay and washing away old skin cells. So, once you know WHAT you're cleaning with and where you're going to clean them, you need to decide on your exact CLEANING PLAN.

First things first, a happy dog is a clean dog, so it might not be a bad idea to set up your wash with a treat to make your dog happy and get things off to a (hopefully) pleasant start. (18)

And though each dog is different, lukewarm water is a good start in determining the best temperature for washing your pet. Keep in mind that that your dog's skin is likely more sensitive than yours. (19)


FUN FACT: Clean your dog before they enter your house to protect your furniture and carpet! Naturally deodorize your pet today by using GARNER'S GARDEN ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO! (20)


As anybody with a dog knows, cleaning your pet usually means you getting wet too. Therefore, wear clothes you don't mind getting wet, and be sure to use absorbent towels and combs/brushes that won't irritate their skin.

To specifically wash dogs, saturate their entire coat of fur, then gently massage your ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO into a lather, allowing it to sit several minutes before rinsing it off. (21)

And when WASHING cats, be sure to keep water out of their ears and face, and conclude their wash by drying their skin with a cool blow dryer or towel. (22)


Be sure to keep irritating bugs away all spring and summer long by applying Garner's Garden All-Natural DEET Free Bug Repellent Oil, which uses natural essential oils to safely repel bugs, while also moisturizing and nourishing skin!




Now that we know why you need to clean your pet and how, it's important to talk about the right way to do it. And that's because many ingredients in cleaners and products are actually dangerous to your dog's health.

Some ingredients to watch out for include pthalates, artificial fragrances and colors, and parabens, which can be found in many over-the-counter shampoos and moisturizers. (23)

And the scariest thing about shopping for your pet is that the manufacturers of over-the-counter pet shampoos don't actually have to tell you how they're making their product. This freedom can lead to negligence and danger for your pet. (24)


FUN FACT: Many disinfectants contain dangerous chemicals that can harm your pet's nose and eyes. Instead clean your pet with the soothing essential oils found in GARNER'S GARDEN ALL-NATURAL PET SHAMPOO! (25)


There are even some ingredients you wouldn't think to avoid but that you absolutely should, including certain moisturizers and chemicals claiming to be exactly what your dog needs.

In fact, many over-the-counter chemical moisturizers in pet shampoo can actually feel like plastic on your pet's skin, increasing aging and slowing down your pet's development and function. (26)

And getting back to pH for a moment - a dog's pH, for example, is so much more alkaline than a human's that using the wrong product on their coat can damage their skin mantle and leave them vulnerable to parasites. If you have any questions about your pet's health, please contact a veterinary professional today. (27)


If you want the best and healthiest ingredients in your pet shampoo, look no further than Garner's Garden All-Natural Pet Shampoo, which will leave your pet's fur soft, smooth, and shining all season!


And for the best and most natural human care on the market today, check out GARNER'S GARDEN, where you can find an assortment of SOAPS, CLAYS, BODY WASHES, MOISTURIZERS, HAIR CARE, BABY CARE, and ORAL CARE products that will have you looking and feeling your best all spring and summer long!

Click HERE and enjoy smooth and healthy skin today!









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