Pet Wipes: 5 Ingredients that may be Harming your Fur Baby

by K Marie Alto March 24, 2019 2 min read

Pet Wipes: 5 Ingredients that may be Harming your Fur Baby

A couple of weeks ago we shared with you the Most Common Situations Where Your Fur Baby Needs Help Grooming.  Many of our favorite fur baby parents told us they haven’t really had a need for wipes, but needs can change over time so we figured we would share some of the knowledge we learned along the  way with our thoughts on How to Pick a Safe Pet Wipe.  To close out our pet wipe blog series we wanted to reach out to those of you that are already using pet wipes and or shampoos to encourage you to read what’s in the ingredient list.

Here are a few very scary ingredients that are regularly seen in kitty and doggy wipes:

  1. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT or MI) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI): A group of preservatives called isothiazolinones, which are used to control the growth of bacteria, fungi, and algae.  These have been linked to allergies, neurotoxicity, and skin irritation. 
  2. Propylene Glycol:Used as a skin conditioner that can retain moisture but has links to skin irritation and organ system toxicity. 
  3. Phthalates:Phthalates are linked to endocrine disruption (i.e. thyroid system).  Keep an eye out for “FRAGRANCE,” “Monomethyl phthalate (DMP metabolite),” “Monoethyl phthalate (DEP metabolite),” “Monobutyl phthalate (DBP metabolite),” “Mono-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP metabolite),” “Mono-(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate (DEHP metabolite).”
  4. Formaldehyde:  This group of preservatives are effective against bacteria but are also linked with eye/skin irritation as well as allergies, and worse they are known to cause cancer.   Keep an eye out for “Diazolidinyl urea,” “Imidazolidinyl urea,” “DMDM hydantoin,” and “Quaternium-15.”
  5. Parabens: This group of preservatives makes for great fungicides, but it can also mimic estrogren.  Parabens are also linked to endocrine disruption (i.e. thyroid system).  Keep an eye out for “Methylparaben,” “Benzylparaben,” “Butylparaben,” “Ethylparaben,” “Propylparaben.”

The risks associated with these chemicals gets even worse with kitties as these chemicals quickly find their way to the kitties internal organs via ingestion (grooming – not just through skin absorption). As scary as these substances are, leading brands continue to use them under the “natural” or “safe” ingredient claim. We highly advise that fur baby parents be more aware of these chemicals and avoid the use of any product containing these substances. We know you want the best for your fur baby, and we do too!

How does your wipe/shampoo stand up to this scary list??  Does it pass or fail?

K Marie Alto
K Marie Alto

K. Marie is an animal lover, wife, kitty mom, dog auntie, writer and co-founder of Toe Beans, a proud American family-owned online boutique pet supplies store focused on the improvement of the life of furry family members via pet parent education, better products, and advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience as a pet momma. She loves sharing her personal journey and experience as a pet parent via her blog and Facebook page where she currently has more than 19K followers (@furrytoebeans) and counting :-).


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