Skip to main content

PawTracks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Pet parents swear by these non-toxic dog products for their pooch

As a devoted pet parent, you buy products with confidence, hoping that the companies who manufacture them have the same dedication to protecting the health of their furry little customers as you do. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, there isn’t a regulatory agency to make sure pet accessories, grooming products, or bedding meet any safety standards, which leaves the gate wide open for interpretation.

What’s a conscientious pet parent to do? Get educated. Thanks to the growing trend of treating pets like family members, especially among our millennials, more and more manufacturers are jumping into the organic pet product market. These are some of the best non-toxic dog products around.

Related Videos
two dogs in bathtub with bubbles


It’s not only what we put in our bodies that matters; the products we put on our hair and skin play a part in good health, too. The same can be said for our canine companions. Physical differences aside, their hair and skin are as porous as ours, which means any toxins in their grooming products are absorbed into their bodies.

For that reason, look for natural grooming products like Pro Pet Works Organic Shampoo + Conditioner. Not only is this shampoo-and-conditioner combo formulated for pets with skin allergies, it’s also free of parabens, sulfates, animal byproducts, and alcohol. The aloe vera gel is soothing, while the almond oil contains vitamin E, which helps keep skin cells healthy.

Pet parents say it lathers like an expensive shampoo, rinses out of the fur easily, and although it has a strong scent right out of the bottle, the lingering smell is natural and mild.

Burt’s Bees Natural Oatmeal Shampoo is another pet parent favorite. It’s ideal for dogs with sensitive skin and is made with colloidal oatmeal, beeswax, and honey. It’s also tearless, making it safe for dogs of all ages and breeds. Dog parents rave about the smell and also say that the shampoo is very easy to rinse out, which is a plus. There are some complaints about the shampoo not lathering as well as other products, but overall, Burt’s Bees is a trusted brand that dog owners are mostly pleased with.


Since dogs use their mouths to play and explore, it’s important that the toys we give them are free from hazardous toxins like lead, arsenic, melamine, and formaldehyde. These chemicals can cause a long list of health problems, including digestive tract issues, kidney failure, and even death.

You don’t have to worry about that with toys made of natural materials, like these SunGrow Cotton Rope Knot animals, which are all-cotton rope and colored with edible dye. Gaby the Giraffe and Daisy the Dog can also be cleaned in the washing machine — another bonus if you have a dog who likes to take his toys outside when he plays.

Pet parent reviewers say these toys last longer than regular stuffed toys. At least one says she appreciates the fact that they don’t contain a squeaker!

akita puppy in dog bed


You probably haven’t given all that much thought to what your dog’s bed is made from, but perhaps you should. Some contain triclosan, a chemical with anti-bacterial properties that have been found to cause colon problems, skin and thyroid issues, and food allergies in pets. Toxic fabric treatments, like flame retardants and PFCs, can damage your dog’s endocrine system and cause cancer.

That’s why we like these Molly Mutt duvet covers. These 100% cotton, fully zippered, preshrunk sacks fulfill two purposes: They are made from natural fibers, and they can be stuffed with your old linens and blankets, which calms anxious pups with the familiar scent of their favorite human. Pet parents say they are durable and wash well and “really stand up to the pack we have here.”

Being mindful of the toxins in our pets’ products might seem like a lot of work, but it’s really a small price to pay in exchange for the unconditional love they give us. Thankfully, it’s becoming easier to find companies that have devised a way to manufacture products that benefit the health and safety of our canine companions as well as their bottom line. Mother Earth is undoubtedly happy, too.

Editors' Recommendations

Urinary tract infections in dogs are so painful – here are ways you can help your pet through one
What is the best dog food for urinary health? The answer may surprise you
A sad white bulldog

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common but pesky issue for humans. Though cats can get UTIs, it’s rare in the feline population. How common are urinary tract infections in dogs?

Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for vets to diagnose UTIs in dogs. We don’t like it when our pets are unwell, so this news may not be the best to hear. A UTI is a painful condition that happens when the dog’s urinary tract gets infected. It’s usually a bacterial infection.

Read more
Mental health service dogs 101: What you need to know about alert dogs, emotional support animals, and others
Find out about the different types of mental health service dogs
A therapy dog wearing their harness sits and looks to the side

For many pet owners and animal lovers, simply having a four-legged friend around can make the worst days a little better. They can single-handedly coax you out of bed in the morning, and they're the perfect outlet to talk or cry to when things are too much to take on alone. That's the power of unconditional love!
Of course, animals like dogs can do so much more for their owners' mental health. That's why some pups make the perfect candidates as mental health services dogs, such as emotional support animals (ESAs), psychiatric service dogs (PSDs), or even therapy dogs. Before you get lost in all the fancy terms, though, let's run through what these service animals do, and how they differ from one another. The details might surprise you!
Here's everything you need to know about the different kinds of service dogs for mental health.

Emotional support animals aren't trained for specific tasks, but they provide lots of love and comfort
Despite being wonderfully helpful to those who need them, emotional support animals can also be controversial because of the lack of regulation in the industry. There are countless online organizations that claim to offer ESA certification (for a large amount of money, too), but the only true way to have your pet licensed is to get a "prescription" from your psychologist or psychiatrist.

Read more
5 most common Bernese mountain dog health issues and what to do about them
What you should know about health issues before bringing home a Bernese mountain dog
Man holds his Bernese mountain dog outside

Choosing the perfect breed of dog for your family is nearly as hard as choosing to get a pet in the first place. When weighing the options, the health of the animal and its pedigree should enter into your decision. You want your new furry friend to stick around for a good long time!
While one of the most lovable breeds out there, Bernese mountain dogs also have one of the shortest life spans of only about 8 to 10 years. These gentle giants come with a few issues that can be managed with proper care and a little bit of genetic testing. Here are five of the most common Bernese mountain dog health issues.

Hip and elbow dysplasia
These dreaded conditions are particularly prevalent in large breeds like Berners and can contribute to stark reductions in the quality of life for pups. The good news is that there are a number of breeding programs that attempt to correct for both with careful study to pick the perfect pups for continuing the line.

Read more