Do anti-dander pet shampoos really work?
Giving your cat baths and proper grooming tips.
There's no hard data on whether anti-dander shampoos or sprays actually reduce the amount of allergens a pet’s skin will produce. And whether or not you buy an anti-dander shampoo for your pet may be less important than the fact that you're regularly bathing him or her.
Most anti-dander pet grooming products contain sulfur and salicylic acid as their active ingredients. These substances are thought to reduce the skin's itchiness and flakiness and decrease the volume of allergy-triggering dander that your pet sheds. In addition, most anti-dander pet shampoos hydrate skin to keep it from flaking.
Ordinary pet shampoos may be just as effective as specialty shampoos, especially if they are part of a regular hygiene routine. When a pet receives weekly baths, it can reduce the amount of allergens he sheds. This makes the frequency of shampooing more effective than the products you might use on your pet. Using lukewarm water rather than hot water can also help—hot water causes blood vessels to dilate and the skin to itch.
Weekly shampoos will not entirely rid your home of pet allergens—some of these irritants originate in saliva as well as skin. But frequent baths may offer a reduction in the amount of airborne dander that's released throughout your home.