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Not all dog grooming products are appropriate for the youngest dogs. We researched the market to find the best puppy shampoos.
Best Multipurpose: PET CARE Sciences 5-in-1 Dog Shampoo with Coconut, Aloe and Oatmeal
This five-in-one product majorly cuts down on grooming time. PET CARE Sciences' shampoo is also a conditioner, moisturizer, deodorizer, and detangler, making it a one-stop shop when bathtime rolls around. It’s made with coconut oil, oatmeal, and aloe, and is free of sulfates, parabens, phosphate, MEAm and DEA. All told, the shampoo is 96 percent natural. Simply wet your puppy’s coat, lather up, and rinse.
While the simplicity of the ingredient list had some buyers skeptical, it's a plus for many pet owners. It’s also great for puppies with skin sensitivities.
Best Waterless: The Spruce Waterless Pet Wash in Fresh
If your puppy is prone to messes—aren’t they all?—our waterless pet wash is sure to come in handy between visits with the groomer.
The Spruce Waterless Pet Wash is a plant-derived, pH-balanced formula that cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes your pup’s coat and skin without the use of harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Instead, it uses enzymes to break down impurities like urine, feces, and dirt, and pet-safe natural essential oils like neroli, apple, mango, and orchid to keep your pup smelling fresh. Depending on your preference, you can choose from three scents: Lavender, Oatmeal, or Fresh.
Our pet wash is great for daily use after walks or time outdoors as well on-the-go use when camping or traveling. To use it, simply shake the bottle, apply a generous amount to your dog’s coat, let it sit for a minute, and then use a clean cloth to wipe them down. Since it air dries quickly, you don’t have to worry about your puppy tracking wet-dog smell all over the house, either.
Best for Fleas: Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo
This first step in getting rid of a flea or tick infestation is making sure your pup is clean and protected. While you definitely shouldn't use a flea bath as the only way of protecting your puppy, using a medicated shampoo, like Adams Plus Flea and Tick with Precor, kills pests on contact, so you can get an infestation under control before it spreads.
This formula, which is safe for puppies 12 weeks and older, continues working for 28 days to kill any fleas that come into contact with your pet. In addition to the active ingredients, this shampoo contains soothing ingredients like aloe and lanolin to make your puppy's skin and fur feel soft after their bath.
Best Smelling: HONEYDEW Pet Pleasant Colloidal Oatmeal Dog Shampoo with Pure Lavender Essential Oils
If you’re looking for a bathtime product that’ll leave your dog smelling extra-fresh, we love Pet Pleasant's Colloidal Oatmeal Dog Shampoo. This hypoallergenic shampoo is made with lavender essential oil, which can have a calming effect that also has the benefit of smelling great. There’s no “wet dog odor” after baths, thanks in part to the lavender oil.
Its gentle formula is ideal for dogs with sensitive skin and is both paraben- and sulfate-free. The colloidal oatmeal ingredients nourish your puppy’s skin and fur, while also conditioning and deodorizing during baths. Jojoba oil hydrates coats to keep them shiny and soft.
Best All-Natural: Paws & Pals Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and Conditioner
For an all-natural shampoo that goes a step beyond the rest, we love Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and Conditioner from Paws & Pals. This organic, vegan shampoo is made with ingredients like rosemary, aloe vera, and oatmeal, for a formula you can feel good about using on your puppy’s coat and skin. The oatmeal-based moisturizing compounds leave your pup’s coat smooth after their bath, while simultaneously soothing and hydrating their skin. The shampoo is paraben-free, and deodorizes and detangles as you work it into your puppy’s coat. It’s also tear-free and has a fresh, long-lasting scent.
This formula soothes puppies with itchy skin or hot spots, and also works wonders with dandruff. It’s great for both short and long-haired breeds, and the natural, organic ingredients ensure owners feel confident using it with their pups.
Best Tearless: Burt's Bees for Pets Tearless Puppy Shampoo with Buttermilk, 16 Ounces
No one likes getting a drop of shampoo in their eyes, and puppies are no exception. Fortunately, Burt’s Bees Tearless Puppy Shampoo with Buttermilk has a gentle formula that won’t irritate your dog's eyes during bathtime, and will also leave them smelling great. It's free of sulfates and colorants and includes buttermilk to soften the skin. The pH-balanced formula helps avoid over-drying your puppy’s skin, while the inclusion of honey (this is a Burt’s Bees product, after all) helps the hair follicles retain moisture for healthy growth.
The smell is on the subtle side, which some owners appreciate, but still does an effective job of deodorizing. It lathers up well, and leaves coats soft and shiny after use.