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Here's their description: "Chris Christensen Black on Black Shampoo gets the red out! Black on Black is an optic intensifying, high sheen color-revitalizing treatment within a shampoo. Formulated specifically for use on black coated dogs, it restores the intense black color of coats exposed to the bleaching effects of the sun.

Lasts up to 4 weeks
Neutralizes unwanted stains that cleansing does not remove
Semi-permanent color that will not rub off on hands or clothing
Made in the USA

A strand test is recommended."

It's a shampoo for black dogs. I have a silver minipoo - I wouldn't use black on black but you have a black spoo - you might like the effect of keeping your dog inky black.
 
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Thank you.
I have been ordered by the vet to wash Evie once a week at least.
Do you think that black on black shampoo would be too strong to use once a week?
 

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Thank you.
I have been ordered by the vet to wash Evie once a week at least.
Do you think that black on black shampoo would be too strong to use once a week?
Why do you have to wash Evie once a week?

This contains dyes and perhaps other chemicals that most shampoos do not. If my dog had a skin condition that required frequent bathing, I would look for an effective shampoo with the smallest number of ingredients and avoiding all irritants like fragrance/scent etc.
 

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Evie has some problems with seasonal allergies and such that cause her to get yeast infections in her ears. So the vet said it would help to wash her once a week because she likes to roll in the grass and such.
Good to know about the dyes and such.
Do you think that the isle of dogs shampoo would be better?
Thank you!
 

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I am surprised that a vet would recommend washing a dog to treat yeast infections in the ears. Show dogs get bathed weekly, but that is to wash out hair spray. I do not think dogs who are not being shown need to be bathed that often. Zoe agrees!
 

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Evie agrees with Zoe. The vet and I were trying it to see if that was causing it. At the next appointment, we will see if it helped or not. Or if it was dairy.
 

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I do see the vet’s reasoning.

Babykins has food allergies. When she was eating those foods her ears were red and a little irritated looking... no yeast or infection but with red irritated skin she could easily have developed one if I didn’t switch her foods to eliminate the ingredient. One her new diet her ears are normal and healthy.

If your dog is allergic to pollen, then rolling around in the grass and picking up pollen could be contributing to irritated ear skin. Irritated skin is more likely to get yeast and bacterial infections. I presume the goal of weekly bathing is to reduce the pollen.

I would think it’s a lot easier to first test potential reaction to dairy by just eliminating from Evie’s diet. Then if that doesn’t work, try weekly baths. My vet told me to never feed my dog dairy and it’s pretty easy to avoid.
 

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We have stopped all the string cheese that I was using for treats and that see!s to have solved the problem. That was the goal for the weekly baths. Thank you for being willing to share your input.
 

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Actually, when I had a Cairn that had environmental allergies and her skin would break out occasionally, the doggy dermatologist told me 'clean skin is healthy skin' and bathing dogs weekly was recommended .

A good shampoo for an allergy prone dog is the Zymox shampoo and conditioner.

For regular weekly baths for Molly, I use a brand called 'Wild Animal Aloe Heel' which I really, like and the dilution is 50-1 so it lasts a long time! I also like the Isle of Dogs line of shampoos ('Isle of Dogs Everyday Deep Cleaning Shampoo')
 

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Okay, thank you.
Wow 50-1 dilution percentage!
Good to know about your opinion of isle of dogs.
 

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Poppy gets bathed at least weekly, more often if she plays in mud or stinky stuff.
We have had a really dreadful pollen year and while she does not have allergies, I do, so bathing her helps me.

I have used Nature's Specialties Almond Crisp shampoo for 26 years. Their products do not contain a lot of harsh chemicals like others do. I dilute it using 1 oz of shampoo to 32 oz of water. It gets them clean without stripping out all of the oil in the skin or hair. Poppy's coat is gorgeous and soft and shiny and the fragrance is mild almond and not too overpowering....just fresh. My groomer uses their products in her shop too! When I mix the shampoo I put it in an empty dish detergent bottle and that way I can just squirt in on where I need it.

I replaced my regular shower head with a Waterpik hand held shower...a 5 minute job requiring no tools...and this hand held shower works well for both me and for Poppy.

I get a 32 oz bottle of the shampoo on Amazon and shipping is free with Amazon Prime. That 32 oz bottle lasts me a year with very frequent bathing, because you dilute it so much before using. I have recommended it to several friends for their dogs. One border collie pup had very dry skin and coat and was so itchy and she cleared right up and is shiny and no more dry skin! Another friend has a bichon with dry itchy red skin and he is good now too.

You can always order a trial size bottle and see if that works for you. Just sharing my years of experience with this particular product. It works for us!
 

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Thank Viking Queen!
That helped a lot in my search for a good shampoo for Evie.
Do you use a conditioner with the shampoo or just the shampoo?
 

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I love Nature's Specialties Almond Crisp shampoo too. I do use the CC Day to Day conditioner on my dog’s pompoms sometimes but not elsewhere on her body.
 
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Thank Viking Queen!
That helped a lot in my search for a good shampoo for Evie.
Do you use a conditioner with the shampoo or just the shampoo?
I very rarely use conditioner.....the shampoo leaves the coat so silky. If I do use it I dilute it very heavily before using and usually only use it on tail and ears, maybe a tiny bit on the topknot.
 
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