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Monday, June 25, 2012

Bath Time Contenders

Love it or hate it, bath time is an important part of every person's and every animal's life.
As it is a very important time, Josie and I decided to try a variety of shampoos to attempt to find the best for Marou. We tried a number of shampoos, some of them even semi-home made, and we've found that they're not all the same. Most of them aren't even close to each other.
Our least favorite and probably the least affective was Sergeant's Oatmeal Flea and Tick shampoo. It cleaned him quite well, but it didn't last very long. Within 2 or 3 days, his fur was oily and he was itchy all over again.

Our next attempt was with Hartz Whitening Shampoo. The smell was quite nice, but it did not clean him very well. He would appear oily and be itchy as soon as he was dry. This necessitated baths almost every other day just to keep him remotely clean and comfortable.

Next Up was Kong Maximum Revitalizing Shampoo. It has a nice, mild Tea Tree/Mint scent, and it is soap free and paraben free to minimize skin irritation. This shampoo does an excellent job of cleaning Marou as well, and he stays quite clean for up to 5 or 6 days after each bath. He has almost no itching when bathing with this product, which is a definite plus.

Our final product, and our personal favorite, is Cain & Able Peppermint/Tea Tree Conditioning Shampoo. Made from a soft soap and all natural ingredients, it is very gentle on even the most sensitive skin. The scent is a mild but powerful Minty, Tea Tree that persists for days, sometimes even a week, after a bath. This shampoo does an amazing job of cleaning Marou, and he stays clean for up to a week with only 1 bath.

There are more shampoos that we would like to try in the future, and we will post our thoughts about them then, but we will keep a bottle of the Cain & Able around as our "Go-To" shampoo.

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