Mr. N gets a lot of baths so he’s an expert at receiving them by now. He has hair and not fur so everything gets caught in it and his hair starts getting greasy (like ours!) if he doesn’t get a bath every so often. Also he sleeps with us and who wants to sleep with a dirty dog? His therapy work also requires that he’s clean for his weekly visits.
In preparation for his therapy visit, I gave him a bath with Viva La Dog Spa Oatmeal Shampoo. The oatmeal shampoo is meant for sensitive skin and features mild cleansers, oatmeal, aloe vera and sweet almond oil. It’s suggested for dogs with hot spots, skin irritation, insect bites, and dry itchy skin.
The company also make conditioners, grooming sprays and wipes that they sell online as well as Petco. I received the shampoo and wipes to review. The wipes will feature in a later review, I need to test them out on a few more therapy visits.
I normally bathe Mr. N in the kitchen sink but the boyfriend had commandeered the kitchen to make stew so we made do with the bathroom sink. The shampoo has a slight pleasant tropical smell.
It lathers up nicely as you can kind of tell from this photo. Being wet is not a good look for Mr. N.
His hair felt soft and fluffy after drying and remained so until his next bath (about a week or so). The kids enjoyed petting him afterwards.
Mr. N gets a little itchy from time to time due to allergies. Nothing dire. Not to the level of hot spots or anything like that. I didn’t notice any difference with his itchiness after the bath.
The boyfriend sniffed him the next day and said he smelled clean but he couldn’t smell any other scent. Which is a good thing in Mr. N’s mind. He prefers to smell like horse rather than the fragrances humans prefer.
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October 10, 2014 11:39 am
So cute and so little. We could "maybe" wash our paws in the sink! We only take a bath every 4-8 weeks, but are always on the prowl for great shampoo. I prefer to smell like horse poo than shampoo, but for the Mom I go with the shampoo thing for a few days at least! Thanks for joining the hop!
October 10, 2014 8:10 pm
It is quite handy and it means we never have to go to a self-wash.
October 10, 2014 1:22 pm
He makes such a cute little wet dog. Thanks for the review – Jack gets itchy sometimes too, so it's always good to have some recommended shampoos.
October 10, 2014 3:50 pm
BOL Mr.N all wet is the cutest thing. Great review on the shampoo too.
October 10, 2014 5:25 pm
And I never get in the sink, but still most of our relatives won't come visit or eat because I wear a fur coat and live in the house instead of out of doors. Gee whiz! You're one lucky fellow!
Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog
October 10, 2014 8:07 pm
That's horrible! Mr. N likes to sleep on the laps of relatives who visit.
October 10, 2014 5:56 pm
I LOVE the print on his dog bed! Or pillow thing?
We are currently using mango shampoo and it smells delicious, but the scent only lasts a couple hours as well.
October 10, 2014 8:08 pm
It's his dog bed. I'm quite fond of the print as well. He has mango shampoo too but it only lasts a day or two. The smell that is.
October 10, 2014 8:32 pm
Mr N is so cute all soaped up!! 😀 Well, he's just cute all the time, tbh. Anyways, I've used that shampoo before and I love it!
October 10, 2014 8:38 pm
Mr. N. you are so cute, even when wet! Good shampoos are important to us too. As always, you and Rocco have so much in common!
October 11, 2014 12:41 am
Mr. N is always cute–whether he's wet or not. I'm glad you found a shampoo that doesn't leave much of a scent–once in the pre-Barley days my parents used a terrible smelling shampoo on their dog and my cat went up and sniffed her and then immediately turned around and barfed!
October 11, 2014 8:46 pm
He looks so cute after his bath, even when he's wet! 🙂 We have some of their shampoo too and really like it.
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