Can You Use Baby Wipes on Dogs?
Does your dog play outside often? My husky loves to run around outside daily and track dirt into my home. Some days I am just too busy to give her a bath and bathing her too often dries her skin out.
I had been using dog wipes to clean her feet when she’d come inside from her daily romp in the back yard. These dog wipes usually come in small packs and can be kind of expensive. Then I asked myself; can you use baby wipes on dogs?
Baby wipes come in much larger packages with a much cheaper price. I decided to research this question and pass it on to you.
The Short Answer
The short answer to this question is yes. When you buy a product for your dog, it should be bought with safety in mind. You can use baby wipes on dogs but there are a few things to consider.
Dogs Are Not Babies
Many people think that if a product is good enough for a newborn baby then it must be ok for dogs. For one thing, a human baby is not going to lick themselves after a baby wipe is used on their bottom.
If you clean your dog's paws after playing or their bottom after they relieve themselves, there is a good chance that they are going to lick the moisture from the wipes. You have to be sure that any ingredient your dog may ingest from a baby wipe is safe.
There are a few ingredients your dog should not be ingesting that are found in many common baby wipe brands. A few of these harmful ingredients include:
Though it may be nice for your dog to smell good after a quick baby wipe rub-down, the effects of ingesting perfumes can be awful. Vomiting and diarrhea often occur when dogs consume fragrance substances.
When looking at a baby wipe brand to buy for your dog, avoid phrases like "fresh scent" or any kind of added fragrance for that matter. ALWAYS go "fragrance-free" when purchasing baby wipes for your dog.
Lotions and oils may be good for baby bums who are constantly being cleaned and wiped but they can be awful for your dog’s stomach. Moisturizers can cause severe stomach upset in most dogs when consumed.
Ingredients like vitamin E oil, baby oil, and essential oils should be avoided when choosing a baby wipe brand for your dog. A baby wipe brand that claims to have any kind of lotion added shouldn’t be used on your dog either.
3. Propylene Glycol
This substance is found in so many things and is generally harmless to humans. When ingested by dogs it can cause severe sickness. There have even been reports of dogs dying from propylene glycol ingestion.
Safe Baby Wipe Options
After some research, I have found a couple baby wipe brands that I would personally feel comfortable using on my dog.
1. Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes
This is a popular brand of baby wipes and can be found in most stores that sell baby products. You can also buy these wipes in huge quantities when bought online.
2. WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes
This is a lesser known brand and I have never personally seen it in any store. WaterWipes brand baby wipes have only two ingredients and are chemical free. When buying baby wipes for my dog, this is my personal favorite.
This brand usually comes in smaller sizes but they are also much cheaper than many baby wipe brands I’ve seen on the market.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another quick clean up option for your dog is apple cider vinegar. You can make your own "dog wipes" using paper towels, water, and apple cider vinegar. You can also apply the vinegar to a warm wet rag.
Apple cider vinegar is a great cleaning agent which is soothing to sensitive skin and completely safe to ingest. You can also use apple cider vinegar to clean your dog’s ears.
Here is a helpful video on using apple cider vinegar in your dog’s ears:
Yes, you can use baby wipes on your dog. Just remember what harmful ingredients to look out for and avoid. I prefer baby wipes personally because the price of dog wipes make me feel a little ripped off.