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Pet products formulation


We have been formulating personal care products for more than a decade and now the company would like to explore pet products formulations and honestly, I don't have any idea on formulation this type of products. All I know is that the pH is different compared to personal care products and I may be wrong.

Anyone here who does have any idea and experience on pet products formulation?

What should I do for a start?

thanks for those who will answer.


  • What should I do for a start?

    Go to your local pet superstore and check the LOI of the products that you are interested in emulating.

    I have kept dogs most of my life. They all lived to a ripe old age and were quite healthy. I bathed them very occasionally using the same shampoo that I used on my own hair but also made sure that they had plenty of access to swim in rivers, lakes and streams to allow fresh, clean water to offer its benefits.

    I doubt that fiddling about adjusting fractions of a pH level will worry your pet very much.

    From a sales & marketing aspect, pet toiletries are often a sideline in the product ranges of the large pet food manufacturers (OK, they may be contracted out for production). Is there a market for a new (therefore unknown) independent?
  • Animal skin tends to have a higher native pH than humans and is thinner and more sensitive.  For pets you should formulate at neutral to slightly basic pH.

    Pet products are pretty much Shampoo, Conditioner, Detangler ... as Johnb mentioned ... cruise the isles of the pet store to get ideas.

    Other that the pH, formulating for Pets is not much different than formulating for humans.
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  • Keep Ph at 7 for shampoo and the rest should be easy.Test at 10% dilution for ocular irritation using iv-vitro HEtCam.Have used variations of Baby Shampoo for this application should you want a mildness claim but consider RM costs.
  • Thanks a lot, this will fit as a good start. :)
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