Why you shouldn't wash your cavoodle with human shampoo

Cavoodles have different Ph balances to humans

Cavoodle skin and our human skin have very different pH balances. If you don’t know what a pH balance is, it basically means how acidic or alkaline something is. 

More acidic solutions, have a lower pH. More alkaline solutions, have a higher pH. Substances that aren't acidic or alkaline (that is, neutral solutions) usually have a pH of 7. Acids have a pH that is less than 7. Alkalis have a pH that is greater than 7.


pH scale


Human skin has a normal Ph balance of 5.5-5.6, which is on the acidic side. Cavoodles, on the other hand, have a neutral Ph balance of 6.2-7.4. 

Cavoodle skin also has a thin layer called the acid mantle, which protects the top layer of the skin from contaminants such as viruses and bacteria. By using human shampoo on your cavoodle it can disrupt the acid mantle, leaving your dog vulnerable to parasites, viruses, and bacteria. It also makes their skin feel dry and flaky, which can lead to repeated scratching and abrasions. 

Therefore shampoos with the wrong pH balance or harsh chemicals can irritate a cavoodle’s skin, stripping away protective good oils from their coat. That's why choosing a good shampoo for your cavoodles is crucial!