The best dog shampoo in 2022

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There are so many things to consider when buying a dog, from beds to toys to food. But one thing you might not think about is the best dog shampoo for your furry friend. Depending on your pet’s breed or medical condition, washing it with the right soap can make all the difference.

Just as the type of human hair varies from person to person, so do dogs and different breeds. According to Katy Nelson DVM, Senior Veterinarian at Softthere are several considerations to take into account when choosing a shampoo for your dog.

“As a veterinarian, most of the time when I recommend a shampoo it’s because of a condition we’re looking to treat, rather than just a muddy pup. So the shampoos I recommend the most are targeted for specific reasons,” she says. “Consider your pet’s specific needs, do they have any pre-existing conditions that affect their skin and coat?

Consider other less medical things: fragrance, frequency of use, and price. If your dog’s shampoo is making you sneeze, it’s probably time for a change. That being said, if your pup is reacting to the shampoo you use on him, talk to his vet about the best options.

How We Chose the Best Dog Shampoos

We consulted Nelson for advice on selecting the best dog shampoos and considering certain skin and coat conditions. Additionally, we made sure to choose products with excellent customer reviews and ratings.

Ahead, check out our picks for the best dog shampoos.

Our top picks

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Best dog shampoo overall

2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner with aloe

  • Cleans and hydrates in one step
  • Paraben free
  • Clean scent
  • Some reviewers find the consistency too thin

When your dog really needs a bath, this 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is a great all-around choice. This is paraben free and contains natural ingredients and vitamins that are gentle on sensitive skin while cleaning and moisturizing your pet’s coat, leaving no tangles. “I noticed great results after just one use,” says one reviewer. Plus, it smells amazing!


Best value for money dog ​​shampoo

Soothing Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

  • Affordable
  • Soothing oatmeal formula
  • Some reviewers find the scent too weak

To less than $5, this shampoo is a great choice for those on a budget. It uses soothing oatmeal to relieve dry, itchy skin while adding moisture to the coat. Plus, it’s paraben-free and has a subtle warm vanilla scent. “This brand has to be by far the best dog shampoo we have ever used,” says one reviewer.


Best dog shampoo for sensitive skin

Epi-Soothing Shampoo

  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Reduces common causes of itchy skin

If your dog has sensitive skin, this gentle shampoo might be just what he needs. Non-irritating formula works to reduce the growth of bacteria and yeast to the surface of the skin for itch-free relief while leaving your dog with a soft coat. “It works great for my highly allergic food mix,” says one reviewer, “you won’t be disappointed!”


Best calming shampoo for dogs

Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Gentle and nourishing formula
  • Cleans and hydrates in one step
  • Some reviewers don’t like the scent

The ultra-relaxing formula of this shampoo includes several moisturizing oils like bergamot and green tea, rosemary and sage for an mild calming effect. Plus, it uses aloe vera, coconut, and vitamin E to leave your dog with a soft, velvety coat. “This is hands down the best shampoo I have ever used on my dog,” wrote one reviewer.


Best dog shampoo for a shiny coat

Oatmeal Anti-Itch Dog Shampoo with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E

  • Leaves the coat soft and shiny
  • Good for dry skin
  • Some reviewers find the scent too strong

Whatever your dog’s coat type, this shampoo will make it extra soft and shiny. Oatmeal, aloe vera and vitamin E help improves coat health while relieving dry skin. Plus, it has a refreshing vanilla bean scent. “It left our pup soft, shiny and smelling great,” adds one reviewer.


Best Medicated Dog Shampoo for Dry Skin

Pramoxine & Colloidal Oatmeal Shampoo

  • Medicated for dry skin
  • Soap-free moisturizing formula

If your dog has dry skin, using a moisturizing shampoo is a must. It is without soap and includes omega-6 fatty acids to soothe dry skin and reduce flaking while colloidal oatmeal hydrates and nourishes. After trying the shampoo, one reviewer wrote, “my pug was able to sleep and didn’t itch!


Best dog shampoo for dermatitis

Bio-Med dog shampoo

  • Helps relieve symptoms of dermatitis
  • Reduces matting and tangles
  • Some reviewers don’t like the scent

If your dog suffers from dermatitis, it is essential to use a shampoo that helps relieve the itching. This one does just that while work against mats and tangles to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. One reviewer says, “he does a wonderful job of getting the dog squeaky clean!”


Best Dog Shampoo for Itchy & Infected Skin


  • Fights bacterial and fungal infections
  • Reduces itching
  • Expensive
  • Requires vet approval

This shampoo contains an antibacterial and antifungal agent to help relieve itching and irritation fast and leaves your dog with less discomfort. “This is the only shampoo that has really helped my Big Boy,” wrote one reviewer, “really works wonders!” However, it must be approved by your veterinarian before use as it is considered a prescription product.


Best Dog Shampoo for Puppies

S3 Care Shampoo

  • Ultra soft
  • Formulated without soaps or sulfates
  • Ideal for puppies

New pets often need a little extra care, so this ultra-mild shampoo is a great option for your new pup. It fights tangles and leaves hair of all types shiny and soft, without stripping the skin’s natural oils. Moreover, it is soap and sulphate free. “Our rescue pup responds well to it in her weekly baths,” wrote one reviewer, “the skin is less red, less scaly and less itchy.”

How to choose the best dog shampoo

  • Think about your pet’s specific needs. “There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a shampoo for your dog,” says Nelson. Make a note of any pre-existing conditions your dog has that could affect his coat and skin. Do they have allergies, sensitivities or hair loss? Do they have an oilier coat that needs a purifying shampoo, or a drier coat that needs a moisturizing shampoo? Do they have long hair that might need detangling and conditioning? Do they need flea and tick prevention in their shampoo? Knowing the answer to these questions will help narrow down the needs the shampoo should meet and make your search easier.
  • Consider your own needs. The shampoo may be for your dog, but you’re the one who has to live with your dog at the end of the day. Many dog ​​shampoos have scents, so it’s important to consider whether you have sensitivities or prefer certain scents over others. Likewise, check the shampoo ingredients to make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to any of them.
  • Talk to a veterinarian. If you still can’t find the perfect shampoo for your dog, the best thing to do is talk to an expert.

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