Bailey’s Panic Attacks: How Dr. Karyn is Helping

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Hi, I’m Dr. Karyn. Read my introduction to learn more about me and my five funny dogs, Poppy, Bailey, Kodah, Ned, and Fred.

Bailey has been a member of our family even longer than I have. When my husband, Reece, and I blended our families, I added one cat (Clutch) to his household of two cats and three dogs. Finn, the Irish Wolfhound is no longer with us, but Poppy and Bailey are still going strong, although their beach trips have evolved from manic running to pottering about. As expected, they both have some arthritis, but thanks to the hip replacement surgery she had when she was younger, Bailey’s arthritis isn’t as bad as it could have been. Although they are on medication to help manage the pain and inflammation, slowing down is inevitable, and we have made adjustments to their beds, exercise, and daily routines to make sure they are getting the most out of their retirement.

What we haven’t managed to help with is Bailey’s panic attacks. Around 2-3 years ago, Bailey started having episodes of panting, quivering, and shaking uncontrollably, that seemed to come from nowhere.

She’s always been a bit of a sensitive girl, shying away from raised voices (even when raised in enthusiasm, not anger), and happy to take her lead from Poppy. Her favorite things are meeting new people (particularly children) and dogs, going to the beach, and carrots. When playing with another dog, Bailey tends to take on a submissive role, always rolling on her back, tail wagging madly, but she’ll soon tell a dog off if they get too rough. She’s the type of dog you would trust around kids, cats, and any other animal, but never around food. Her sweet and gentle nature quickly makes her the favorite of any visitors to our home. She is the ideal dog.

Better Outside Than In

Sadly, Bailey’s panic and anxiety periods have become longer and more frequent, but we have found that she quickly settles down as soon as she goes outside. On a warm sunny day, I have no problem with that – she should be enjoying good weather as much as she can, infrequent though it may be here in the UK. But her desperation to stay outside is persisting through all seasons, and I have to call her several times before she reluctantly comes back inside.

Bailey seems to have a preference for cold, hard floors.
Bailey seems to have a preference for cold, hard floors.

What made it worse was that she would insist on lying on the cold, hard floor of our patio, even if I put a bed or blanket outside. Ironically, she finally started sleeping on some soft bedding when I placed a crate on the patio and lined it with a mattress and blankets. I say ironic, because despite her apparent desperation to be outside the house, she finds peace inside her crate.

So what’s going on?

Checking the Physical

The first thing I did was conduct a thorough physical examination, looking for any changes, pain, or abnormalities that might explain her troubling behavior, and here’s what I found:

  • Blood tests – all normal
  • Mild arthritis of both stifles (knees) for which she is on anti-inflammatory medication
  • Grade 2-3 heart murmur – blood test and echocardiogram are both normal
  • Appetite is normal, but if she is having a panic episode, she will only eat outside
  • No vomiting or diarrhea
  • Drinking and urination normal
  • No abdominal pain or palpable abnormalities
  • No lumps, bumps, or tumors
  • Mild tartar on teeth but no sign of significant dental disease
  • Mild bilateral nuclear sclerosis – a normal cloudy change in eyes in older dogs
  • Her vision and hearing appear to be normal
  • Neurological examination unremarkable

Satisfied that her physical health was okay – excellent really, for a dog of 11 years – I moved onto looking at the psychological. What was causing Bailey’s panic attacks?

Bailey loves a walk, but who doesn't like being carried?
Bailey loves a walk, but who doesn’t like being carried?

Companions, Changes, or Claustrophobia?

In many cases, it is easy to pinpoint a trigger, change, or presence that is giving a dog anxiety. With Bailey, we have made very little headway in our efforts to work out what is causing her episodes. In an attempt to narrow it down, we have started looking backwards into her (and our) history to see what could be triggering her. What has made this process difficult is that we cannot recall exactly when her panic attacks started; the first time it happened, we did not know it was to become a regular occurrence. So we created a Timeline of Bailey to try to narrow things down.

The Timeline of Bailey

As you can see, Bailey has seen a lot of comings and goings over the years, but has seemingly taken it all in her stride. The one we dread would be Poppy going before Bailey; she has never known life without Poppy, who despite only being 4 weeks older, has always been very much the ‘big sister’ to her yellow companion.

Bailey Timeline

Questions We Ask

Is it Cornwall?

Cornwall was a regular holiday destination for Bailey before we made it our permanent home. She loves the beach, but she did occasionally get anxious in new locations.

Bailey LOVES the beach.
Bailey LOVES the beach.

Is it the house?

It’s a new build, so there are no strange sounds, creaking floorboards, or ghosts!

Has she become progressively anxious with every new pet that passes away/enters?

It’s certainly possible – it’s so hard that she can’t talk to us.

Is it having lively young dogs around as she is getting older?

Bailey enjoys playing with the younger dogs, but sometimes they can be a bit much!
Bailey enjoys playing with the younger dogs, but sometimes they can be a bit much!

This one is definitely a concern and would explain why things have escalated over the past few years, and why she wants to be outside (if the youngsters are inside). But she also instigates wrestling and play with Kodah, Ned and Fred, so I’m not convinced that this is a constant concern, or enough to be turning her into a quivering, panting mess.

Also, were this her main trigger, I would expect her anxiety to increase when the younger dogs join her outside, or perhaps have her wanting to come inside when they are out, and this isn’t the case. She appears to be just as relaxed outdoors whether she is alone or with the other dogs.

What Have We Tried?

Bailey trying a thundershirt
Bailey trying a Thundershirt

Apart from providing her with a cozy, safe space outside, I have tried Bailey with a number of treatments, from supplements like Yumove, pheromone diffusers and collars like Adaptil, calming sprays like Pet Remedy, a Thundershirt, Trazodone, which is an anti-anxiety medication, even acupuncture, with none of them having a significant or long-lived effect. Everything I have tried seems to help for a short while, but then the panic returns. It’s starting to give me anxiety!

What’s Next For Bailey?

Right now, allowing her to spend as much time outside as possible is our ‘sort-of solution’, and not such a bad one in the milder months of the year. We may need to look at building her something a little more substantial before next winter if we can’t crack the source of this problem.

If you have had a similar problem with your dogs, or have any insights or ideas about my situation, I’d love to hear from you.

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10 Best Deep-Cleansing Dog Shampoos in 2024 – Reviews & Top Picks

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English cocker spaniel dog getting a bathBathing your pet is probably not your favorite task as a dog owner, and your pet probably fights you every step of the way. This can be especially frustrating when you have one that loves to get dirty, which makes getting a deep-cleansing dog shampoo essential so that you can, hopefully, space out bath times by ensuring the coat stays clean for as long as possible.

Our guide covers everything you need to know to pick the right shampoo for your pet. You needn’t bathe your pup often. Every 1 to 3 months is sufficient, depending on the dog breed, and unless your dog makes it necessary by rolling it something they shouldn’t. Below, we’ve included reviews of our favorite products to help you pick the best one for your dog and their activity level, coat, and skin health.

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A Quick Look at Our Favorites of 2024

Rating Image Product Details

Best Overall

Winner

Hepper Deep Clean Shampoo
Hepper Deep Clean Shampoo

  • USA-made

  • PH-balanced formula

  • Safe on both dogs and cats

  • Best Value

    Second place

    TropiClean Deep Cleaning Berry & Coconut Dog & Cat Shampoo
    TropiClean Deep Cleaning Berry & Coconut Dog & Cat Shampoo

  • Luxurious lather

  • Pleasant smell

  • Various sizes to choose from

  • Premium Choice

    Third place

    Nature's Specialties High Concentrate Shampoo for Dirty Dogs
    Nature’s Specialties High Concentrate Shampoo for Dirty Dogs

  • Concentrated form

  • Not an overly powerful scent

  • Strips dirt and grime without drying out coat

  • Smith & Burton Puppy 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo
    Smith & Burton Puppy 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo

  • Long-lasting scent

  • Softening properties

  • Gentle for puppies

  • Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo
    Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo

  • USA-made

  • Pleasant scent

  • Safe on all coat types
  • The 10 Best Deep Cleansing Dog Shampoos

    1. Hepper Deep Clean Shampoo – Best Overall

    Hepper Deep Clean Pet Shampoo

    Feature(s): Deodorizing, safe for both dogs and cats
    Fragrance: Original
    Available sizes: 8 ounces

    The Hepper Deep Clean Shampoo lives up to its name with a product that gets your pup clean from nose to tail. It’s deep-cleansing and deodorizing, giving it an added value. You can also use it on the family cat to get the most out of your purchase. It’s made in the United States, and the shampoo has a strong initial scent that soon dissipates. The formula is also pH-balanced and free from parabens, soap, DEA, sulfates, alcohols, and synthetic dyes. All these features make it our pick for the best overall deep-cleansing dog shampoo.

    Pros
    • USA-made
    • PH-balanced formula
    • Safe on both dogs and cats
    • Affordable
    • Free from soaps, parabens, DEA, sulfates, alcohols, and synthetic dyes
    Cons
    • Strong initial scent

    2. TropiClean Deep Cleaning Berry & Coconut Dog & Cat Shampoo – Best Overall

    TropiClean Deep Cleaning Berry & Coconut

    Feature(s): Deodorizing, soap-free
    Fragrance: Papaya, coconut
    Available sizes: 20 ounces, 1 gallon, 2.5 gallons, 2-pack of 2.5 gallons

    The scent of TropiClean Deep Cleaning Berry & Coconut Dog & Cat Shampoo will transport you to an island paradise. The luxurious lather will get your dog clean while giving you a spa treatment for your hands. You’ll both smell fantastic! This product both freshens and conditions the coat. Plus, it uses aloe extract to help hydrate the skin and coat, as well as coconut to gently clean the skin while removing dirt and bacteria.

    The shampoo is free from soaps, dyes, and parabens, so it won’t dry out your pup’s skin. The product comes in various sizes for pet owners and groomers alike, so if you fall in love with it, you can buy bigger batches to save some money, making it the best deep-cleansing dog shampoo for the money. With that said, the scent doesn’t seem to last too long after using it.

    Pros
    • Luxurious lather
    • Pleasant smell
    • Contains aloe and coconut for a clean, smooth coat and skin
    • No soaps, dyes, or parabens
    • Various sizes to choose from
    Cons
    • Scent doesn’t last very long

    3. Nature’s Specialties High Concentrate Shampoo for Dirty Dogs – Premium Choice

    Nature's Specialties High Concentrate Shampoo for Dirty Dogs

    Feature(s): Potent cleansing power
    Fragrance: Fresh scent
    Available sizes: 32 ounces

    Nature’s Specialties High Concentrate Shampoo for Dirty Dogs is appropriately named for the results you’ll get from using this product. It comes in a concentrated form, which makes it a valuable purchase if you must bathe your pup often. Otherwise, it might be overkill for a single pet.

    The shampoo contains soothing ingredients like aloe to moisturize and soften your pup’s skin. It is scented but not in an overt way. It is said to easily cut through grease without stripping the skin and coat from natural oils, and it eliminates dirt and grime in one application. However, you have to remember that this is very potent, so you must be sure to follow the directions carefully or else it could be irritating to dogs with sensitive skin.

    Pros
    • Concentrated form
    • Strips dirt and grime without drying out coat
    • Eliminates dirt and grime in one application
    • Not an overly powerful scent
    Cons
    • Might be too harsh on sensitive skin

    4. Smith & Burton Puppy 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo

    Smith & Burton Puppy 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo

    Feature(s): Soothing ingredients
    Fragrance: Licorice, chamomile
    Available sizes: 4 ounces

    The Smith & Burton Puppy 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo delivers the goods on several fronts. It has a delicate floral scent and is an excellent choice for young pups without being too perfumy. It is a deep-cleansing shampoo, although it is not tearless, so avoid getting it in your pup’s ears and eyes to prevent irritation.

    Otherwise, the product softens your pet’s coat, leaving it feeling smooth. It does the same for your pet’s skin. It truly feels like a spa experience for your pooch!

    Pros
    • Long-lasting scent
    • Softening properties
    • Gentle for puppies
    • 2-in-1
    Cons
    • Not tearless, so avoid contact with the eyes and ears

    5. Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo

    Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo

    Feature(s): Gentle formula
    Fragrance: Strawberry
    Available sizes: 16 ounces

    The Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo smells amazing of strawberries and champagne, although some may think it’s too faint. Can you ask for a more spa-like experience for your dog? It’s long-lasting, which makes it an excellent value for the price. You can dilute it to extend its usefulness. It’s also safe on all coat types, making it a great choice for any dog. Everyone can enjoy its benefits! The shampoo is also USA-made, which we always like to see.

    Pros
    • USA-made
    • Pleasant scent
    • Safe on all coat types
    • Dilutable
    Cons
    • Scent is a bit too mild for some

    6. Hartz Groomer’s Best Professionals Deep Cleanse Dog Shampoo

    Hartz Groomer's Best Professionals Deep Cleanse with Olive Oil & Fresh Water Lily Scent Dog Shampoo

    Feature(s): Absorbs toxins on skin and coat
    Fragrance: Fresh water lily
    Available sizes: 18 ounces

    This Hartz Groomer’s Best Professionals Deep Cleanse with Olive Oil & Fresh Water Lily Scent Dog Shampoo is a great bang for your buck. Better yet, it uses activated charcoal which is said to absorb toxins and odors, as well as olive oil to keep your pet’s skin and fur smooth, silky, and hydrated. It also has a pleasant scent that most people love. It is free from dyes, parabens, sulfates, and alcohol, meaning it is gentle on your pet. However, there have been some reviews stating that their dogs reacted negatively to this product, so always make sure to keep a close eye on your pet after using any new product, not just shampoo.

    Pros
    • Activated charcoal to absorb toxins and odors
    • Olive oil to keep the coat and skin soft
    • Affordable
    • No dyes, parabens, sulfates, or alcohol
    Cons
    • Isolated cases of negative reactions

    7. PetAg Fresh ‘N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo

    PetAg Fresh 'N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo

    Feature(s): Soothing ingredients
    Fragrance: Classic fresh scent
    Available sizes: 18 ounces, 32 ounces, 1 gallon

    The name of PetAg Fresh ‘N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo tells you everything you need to know about this product. It gets the job done with a pleasant, long-lasting scent. Thanks to the vitamin E and aloe vera, it cleans your pup while moisturizing their skin. While you can use it on adults, the manufacturer recommends using the puppy formula for the little ones and avoiding eye contact.

    PetAg Fresh ‘N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo brightens your dog’s coat and rinses easily, making it a convenient choice for reluctant bathers. However, you should follow up with a conditioner, especially for pups with medium to long coats.

    Pros
    • Soap-free
    • Soothing ingredients
    • USA-made
    • Long-lasting scent
    Cons
    • Best to use with conditioner

    8. Arm & Hammer Ultra Fresh Deep Cleansing Dog Shampoo

    Arm & Hammer Ultra Fresh Deep Cleansing with Charcoal & Rosemary Value Size Dog Shampoo

    Feature(s): Deep cleaning
    Fragrance: Mint and eucalyptus
    Available sizes: 24 ounces

    The Arm & Hammer Ultra Fresh Deep Cleansing with Charcoal & Rosemary Value Size Dog Shampoo makes bathing easier and relieves the itchiness of your dog’s coat by using natural ingredients, such as charcoal and rosemary. It contains baking soda to easily combat nasty odors. With that said, reviews state that this shampoo isn’t all that moisturizing, and the scent doesn’t last all that long. However, you really can’t beat the affordable price.

    Pros
    • Relieves itchiness
    • Baking soda combats bad odors
    • Affordable
    Cons
    • Isn’t moisturizing
    • Scent doesn’t last long

    9. Burt’s Bees Care Plus+ Deep Cleansing Dog Shampoo

    Burt's Bees Care Plus+ Deep Cleansing Charcoal & Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo

    Feature(s): Concentrated formula
    Fragrance: Sweet honey-almond scent
    Available sizes: 16 ounces

    Burt’s Bees Care Plus+ Deep Cleansing Charcoal & Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo is another great choice if you want to give your pooch a deep clean. It contains both charcoal and coconut oil. The charcoal naturally pulls toxins and impurities out of the skin and coat, while the coconut oil helps to replenish moisture. It is also said to remove stains and brighten coats, especially for white dogs. Sadly, it doesn’t have a very strong scent, but it still seems to get the job done. Plus, the consistency is pretty watery, and it only comes in one size.

    Pros
    • Removes toxins
    • Moisturizes skin
    • Brightens coat
    Cons
    • Watery consistency
    • Very mild smell

    10. Wags & Wiggles Soothe Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

    Wags & Wiggles Soothe Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

    Feature(s): Anti-inflammatory properties
    Fragrance: Vanilla
    Available sizes: 16 ounces

    Wags & Wiggles Soothe Oatmeal Dog Shampoo takes deep cleansing to the next level. Your pup will enjoy the benefits of moisturizing and softening from the oatmeal. It will soothe your pet’s skin with its anti-inflammatory properties. The shampoo is economically priced, especially considering its size. You can use it on your dog even if you’re applying flea and tick products on your pup. You can apply it on puppies, although it’s not tearless. The results are excellent, giving your dog a spa day experience. However, since you can’t flip the bottle on either end, some reviews state this has slowed down bath time.

    Pros
    • Affordably priced
    • Compatible with other topical products
    • Soothing ingredients
    Cons
    • Not tearless
    • Strong smell
    • Bottle design limits how quickly you can work

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    Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Deep-Cleansing Dog Shampoo

    You’ll likely notice the broad spectrum of choices with dog shampoos. Many manufacturers produce specialized products for specific needs, such as skin conditions, detangling, and deodorizing. Many tick off several boxes, whether or not these functions appear in their names. The good news is an array of choices to take care of just about any issue you face with your pet. We suggest keeping these secondary uses in mind when shopping.

    Some pet owners bathe their dogs too frequently because they don’t like how they smell. The manufacturers have responded with pleasant-smelling shampoos with long-lasting scents to appeal to people and their sensitive noses. You’ll find many other benefits if you look under the hood. Many features are deal-breakers, making the label worth a look.

    Things to consider include the following:
    • Grooming features
    • Ingredients
    • Fragrance
    • Value for the money

    Grooming Features

    Grooming features cover the extras you get from a deep-cleansing shampoo. It capitalizes on the hassle of bathing a dog. If you can get more than one thing done with a single bath, you’ll save time, money, and inconvenience. That’s an excellent selling point for pet owners. Many products target the animal’s experience with soothing ingredients for itchy or irritated skin.

    Others handle health issues, such as fleas and ticks, while giving your pup a deep clean. You’ll also find products that are tearless, medicated, or whitening. Some are soap-free and deodorizing. Others specialize in varying coats and textures for optimal deep cleansing. We recommend checking out everything a shampoo offers to help you choose the best one for your dog.

    Ingredients

    You’ll see many chemically sounding ingredients on the label. It’s the nature of the product. Don’t let them scare you off a particular deep-cleansing dog shampoo. Remember that marketers often glam on this element to sway buyers. Likewise, don’t immediately shun shampoos with preservatives. However, there are certain natural ingredients that are ideal for dogs, such as aloe and oatmeal, so look for those when you shop.

    beagle dog getting a bath
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    Fragrance

    The fragrance or scent of a product often supersedes other features. How your dog smells after their bath is the dealmaker. Our research revealed more scented products than unscented ones. You are bathing your dog for a reason. However, much of this is about preference. If you can find a scent from natural ingredients, like mint, that is often ideal, but people have different preferences for what they like.

    Value for the Money

    Many deep-cleansing dog shampoos offer added value with the extra features and the versatility of the products. For example, you can use some on cats or other pets, and being able to use them on other animals in your household adds value. Manufacturers often highlight this feature to attract buyers.

    Other traits include the concentration of the shampoo so that a little goes a long way. Remember that you shouldn’t bathe your pup too often. Smaller bottle sizes are more desirable than larger ones if you only have one pet. Consider how you plan to use the product when comparison shopping.

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    Conclusion

    After researching our reviews, we found that Hepper Deep Clean Shampoo was the best overall option for our list. We liked its effectiveness in getting our pets squeaky clean. Meanwhile, saving money is also important, so for the best bang for your buck, we recommend the TropiClean Deep Cleaning Berry & Coconut Dog & Cat Shampoo. However, all of these deep-cleaning products could be a winner; it just depends on what you’re looking for regarding your pet specifically!


    Featured Image Credit: andriano.cz, Shutterstock

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