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    Question Goat Milk Soap

    Hi everyone,

    I was looking for something to help my dogs very itchy skin and came across goat milk soap. I found some in my local chemist but it has fragrance in it and I've read that if your dogs has itchy/sensitive skin it's not a good idea to use soap with fragrance so I haven't used it as I don't want to make her condition worse. I have been to the vet and bought expensive dog shampoos that do absolutely nothing to help the problem. She's also been on steroids on and off to help with the itching but I find they don't really help much and would rather not have her on such drugs long-term.

    So I guess I'm asking can anyone recommend where I could get some goat milk soap free of fragrance or any other harsh chemical additives? I found a site online, but the shipping costs were just as much as the bar of soap which I thought was ridiculous. However, if I can't find an alternative I will go ahead and buy it regardless.

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    Hi Laura,
    My pup's skin reacts to every shampoo I have tried, including the vet recommendations for relieving itchy skin.
    The intense itching and skin chewing lasts about 4 days after a bath regardless of what I've tried.
    Do you have a list of the ingredients in goat milk soap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    Hi Laura,
    My pup's skin reacts to every shampoo I have tried, including the vet recommendations for relieving itchy skin.
    The intense itching and skin chewing lasts about 4 days after a bath regardless of what I've tried.
    Do you have a list of the ingredients in goat milk soap?
    Hi, the ingredients tend to differ depending on where you buy it from. And some sites don't say what is in it, so I wouldn't buy from those. The one I was going to buy was this one: http://www.billie goatsoap.com.au/bluec art/products/plain-go at-soap Bil lie Go at So ap - Han dmade Goa ts M ilk So ap - The ORI GINAL Pl ain Goa t S oap[/url] but it was going to cost $8.95 for the soap and $8.50 for shipping. I found the shipping price a bit crazy so thought I'd see if anyone knew of anywhere else to buy it. No doubt health food stores might have it but I am not near of any those. It says this about the ingredients:
    The milk is combined with a selection of skin loving oils, including olive, sweet almond, castor, grapeseed and palm oil. There are no colours or fragrances added.
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    The right soap or shampoo is not going to stop your dog's skin from itching. You need to find out what it is in the environment that is causing the problem and reduce or eliminate that.

    For my dog - she's allergic to grass - especially in spring and summer - so I put a big mat on the lawn for her so she doesn't lie or crawl on the grass. I reward her for staying on the mat not the grass.

    PS I would not buy anything called "billy goat" - they STINK.

    On my dog I use johnsnons and johnsons baby shampoo and conditioner. It won't sting the dogs eyes and if it's safe and non-irritating on baby skin - it's going to be ok on most dog skin. But - I only use it when she's rolled in something really stinky that doesn't come off with just plain water.

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    I'm usually in 100% agreement with you Hyacinth, but on this issue I'm not! It isn't always something in the natural environment. The 'thing' in my dog's environment that causes her itching is shampoo.
    Having said that, I haven't tried baby shampoo! Thanks for the recommendation. I hadn't tried that because of all the references to not using human shampoos on dogs, but I'll give it a go as it works for you.
    ps, goat milk soap is great, I love using it on myself! Definetly no billy goat smell

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    I have a friend with a BT that the whole lot of them (BT club) did mail order dog wash soap for extra whitening from somewhere. But I forget where exactly.

    I think the alloveen or oatmeal based products would also be good. When Frosty had her rash last summer - I put ordinary porrige oats in a handkerchief - tied it in and soaked it in water and dabbed that on her. I also tried calendula tea and Shannon Lush recommends mint tea.

    But not sure of the all over effect. Ie hard to wash doggy smells off with one teacup of water. Maybe dilute it over several buckets.

    There is also a way to make shampoo out of cactus juice but I forget how that works too. Or which variety of cactus. Or maybe that's how you make dreadlocks - I forget.

    I don't know why people get so freaked out about human shampoo on dogs. Human shampoo isn't all that great for humans either but as long as you're not doing it every day it's not so bad. But I figure if I must - may as well go with the baby variety.

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    grevillea47 - Hi, I responded to your post about the ingredients in the soap but it wasn't approved I guess by the mod as it hasn't shown up here.

    Hyacinth - I have tried to figure out what is causing her issue but so far to no avail. And while I know the soap I use won't cure her, it may at least sooth her temporarily when she has a bath or at the very least I don't want it to irritate her further and make her itch like mad after the bath - which so far everything I've used causes her to do.

    I did get some goat milk soap from the chemist today, one without any chemicals, and will be trying it out soon to see if it at least doesn't make her itch more after the bath and maybe sooth her skin for a bit. Otherwise what I use to control the biting and scratching marks and little itchy bumps she sometimes get is curash. That does work to at least get rid of the redness and bumps, but it doesn't stop her desire to itch.

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    Hi 'Laura Daniels' - itchy pups are a pain.

    I agree that human shampoos should not be used on a pup because of the difference in pH levels between humans and pups. Baby shampoo should be OK - but always check the ingredients.

    Have a look at this site:

    http://www.dogrescuenewcastle.com.au...inproblems.pdf

    Calendula Tea is also a good one.

    Hope this helps !

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    Good link, thanks RileyJ.
    Laura, the Calendula Tea is for sponging on the itchy skin, not drinking apparently you don't rinse it off, just let it dry on the skin.
    I recently bought some from my local health food store, but haven't tried it on my furbub yet.
    Fingers and paws crossed here!

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    Laura, let us know if the goats milk soap is a winner!

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