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Houndztooth General FAQ

Do your shampoos or conditioners contain Palm oil or fillers?

No. Houndztooth is a strong advocate for sustainability and as such we do not use Palm oil in any of our products. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, only providing your furry family with 100% natural’y-derived, pH balanced, cruelty-free, pet-friendly products.

All Houndztooth Products are free from:

  • Palm Oil and Parabens
  • SLS and EDTA
  • Artificial Colours and
  • Artificial Fragrances



What are SLS and EDTA’s and why can they be harmful?

SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a chemical agent that’s used for cleaning. Essentially it helps to make soaps ‘froth’. It has been used as a shampoo ingredient since the 1930’s as an alternative to soap. We do not use SLS as it can irritate your dog’s skin. Tetrasodium EDTA or ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid is a chelating agent, or to put it in layman’s terms, it makes hard water become soft. We do not use EDTA as it can irritate your dog’s skin.



What are Parabens?

Parabens are synthetic chemicals that are used as preservatives in a variety of products, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food. Parabens can also sensitise the skin, causing allergic reactions.



How often should I bathe my dog?

This depends on your dog’s coat type, skin and odour. Some breeds and dogs require more frequent bathing than others. We recommend washing your dog as often as required. All our shampoos are specifically formulated to be gentle enough to use as often as needed. To find out more about understanding your dog’s coat type and grooming read our article.https://houndztooth.com.au/understanding-your-dogs-coat-type/



Does washing my dog often strip the natural oils from my dogs skin and coat?

Houndztooth is a global pet industry leader, specifically formulating all of our shampoos and conditioning & deodorising sprays with goat milk, Australian botanicals and essential oils. Goat milk is rich in triglycerides and essential fatty acids and provides intensive hydration to your dogs skin and coat. Our grooming products also contain moisturising ingredients such as Australian almond oil and virgin coconut oil to ensure the natural oils from your dog’s coat are not stripped during washing.



My dog gets really smelly, which shampoo and spray would you recommend?

Hugo’s Blend No.1 Shampoo and Conditioning & Deodorising Spray is recommended is formulated with peppermint and lemon myrtle essential oils for odour neutralisingand deep cleaning dirty coats.



It’s cold should I wash my dog in winter?

It’s important to keep your pup’s grooming regime up during winter to ensure their skin, coat and paws stay happy, healthy and clean. Your four-legged friend’s coat needs to be cleaned in winter just as much as in any other month, which means we recommend regular bathing. Link to Blog Winter Grooming Tips



My dog has itchy skin and suffers from skin allergies, which shampoo would you recommend?

Stella’s Blend No.2 to help relieve itching and balance the skin, it also acts as a natural insect repellent. Use in combination with our Coco’s Blend No.4 Rescue & Relief Spray and Hemp Seed Oil to
help ‘ditch the itch’.



My dog has inflamed and irritated skin, which shampoo would you recommend?

Our Hemp Shampoo to formulated to help inflamed and irritated skin. Use in combination with our Coco’s
Blend No.4 Rescue & Relief Spray to help ‘ditch the itch’.



My dog has sensitive skin, which shampoo and spray would you recommend?

All our products are formulated for sensitive skin with our key gentle and low-irritant
ingredient of goat milk.



I am looking for an everyday shampoo and spray for my dog, what would you recommend?

Charlie’s Blend No.3 is recommended as an everyday shampoo and spray.



I can’t decide which blend I want for my dog?

Why not try our sample grooming pack.



My dog has itchy skin but I’m not sure whether to use your Stella’s Blend No.2 or Hemp Shampoo. What is the difference between the shampoos?

Stella’s Blend No. 2 contains Manuka honey which is suitable for itchy skin and skin allergies. Our Hemp Shampoo is an intensive conditioning shampoo suitable for inflamed and irritated skin. Both will help relieve your dog’s itchy skin.



Which blend of Shampoo and Conditioning & Deodorising Spray is best for my dog? What’s the difference between them?

All our blends are formulated with different Australian botanicals and essential oils. To find out what is the most suitable for your dog you can use our search function on the home page which allows you to search by breed, coat type or skin concern.



Is it important to use a Conditioning Spray on my dog’s coat?

We recommend always using a conditioner to help keep your dog’s skin and coat hydrated and smelling extra fresh. Our conditioning sprays are easily applied to wet or dry coats, reduce bath time, help keep longer coats detangled and can be used inbetween baths on dry coats to keep your pup smelling fresh.



My dog doesn’t like being sprayed with the spray bottle. What can I do?

Some dogs find the spay application a little daunting and it might take a little while for
them to get used to it. We recommend putting a collar and lead on your dog prior to spraying them. Hold them close while you apply the spray. Always angle the spray away from their face and reinforce it as a positive experience by rewarding them with one of our Clean natural treats when you’re done.



How often can I use the Coco’s Blend No.4 Rescue and Relief Spray?

Whilst our Coco’s Rescue and Relief Spray is formulated with a safe dilution of Tea Tree oil for dogs, we recommend using the Coco’s spray as required, generally up to 3 or 4 times a day.



Is Coco’s Blend No.4 Rescue and Relief Spray safe for cats?

We do not recommend using on cats as tea tree oil can be toxic to cats.



Is Coco’s Blend No.4 Rescue and Relief Spray safe for my dog to lick?

It is safe to lick but we find most dogs don’t like the taste. It is not suitable for pregnant or lactating bitches.



Isn’t tea tree oil safe for dogs?

Houndztooth ensures our Coco’s Blend No.4 Rescue & Relief Spray is formulated with a safe dilution ratio of tea tree essential oil for your dog.



How do I apply Coco’s Blend No.4 Rescue & Relief Spray to my dog’s skin if my dog has a long or thick coat?

We recommend separating the fur and holding the spay nozzle close to your dogs skin
to apply.



How does Coco’s Spray help my Dogs skin issues?

It provides soothing relief like applying aloe vera gel to your own skin after being sun burnt. Combines soothing natural aloe vera, tea tree, lavender, cucumber, chamomile, and calendula essential oils with moisturising virgin coconut and Australia almond oils. This combination helps, soothe, relieve and heal your dog’s skin.



Can I also use my chosen Dog Shampoo Blend on my cat?

We recommend using only our Puppy and Kitten Shampoo or our Frankie & Felix’s Blend No.5 Waterless Shampoo on your feline friend. It is the only product in our range specifically formulated with a safe blend of essential oils which are non-toxic to cats.



Can I use the Waterless Shampoo on my cat?

Yes our Frankie & Felix’s Blend No.5 Waterless Shampoo is specifically formulated for cats and dogs.



Do I need to rinse Frankie & Felix’s Blend No.5 Waterless Shampoo out?

There’s no rinsing required with our Waterless Shampoo Blend. Simply towel dry to lift out excess dirt and speed up drying time, and brush or comb out.

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