Baby wipes are not safe for dogs and you should not use them on your dog. It is easy enough to assume that since baby wipes are gentle enough for use on baby’s skin, they should be harmless for dogs. This is not true. Baby wipes are unsafe for dogs for the following reasons:
- Baby wipes are specifically designed for human skin which has a different pH from dogs. This means that baby wipes can irritate your dog’s skin.
- Baby wipes contain ingredients such as propylene glycol that can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Dogs lick themselves all the time, and wiping them with baby wipes containing toxic ingredients is a hazard.
- The artificial fragrances and other chemicals in baby wipes pose no danger to babies because they are used externally. However, dogs are likely to ingest them by licking, meaning they end up ingesting chemicals that are meant for external use only.
- Dogs are covered in fur which retains chemical substances for far longer than human skin does. This means that any toxins will remain on your dog’s coat long after you have wiped them down.
- If you must use baby wipes, look for wipes intended for sensitive skin, since they are likely to contain fewer harsh chemicals and fragrances. Be careful not to wipe near the eyes, nose or mouth with these wipes.
All things considered, it won’t be life-threatening to use a baby wipe your dog, but why risk it if you don’t have to? Products meant for humans are designed with safety considerations for humans which are not always the same as those for dogs. Always choose products specifically designed for pets to avoid unknowingly causing harm to your dog.
Safe Alternatives to Baby Wipes
Dog wipes are a safe way to spot clean your dog. They are natural and free of chemicals that may cause harm to your dog. While they might cost a bit more than baby wipes, they are designed to be safe for dogs, making them the ideal solution.
You don’t have to spend money on dog wipes. Improvising with hand towels will give you functional and inexpensive wipes that you can use on your dog. Simply dip a hand towel in clean water to make it moist, add some dog shampoo to the moist hand towel, and you can use the moist towel as a wipe to clean your dog.
Can Wipes Replace a Bath
Wipes come in handy when you need to do a quick clean up on your dog. However, dogs still need to be bathed regularly to stay healthy and disease-free.
Use a dog shampoo that will properly take care of your dog’s fur and skin. You should bathe your dog at least once a month.