Most adverse reactions that are reported with regards to animal care products have to do with an unintended effect on animals. However, an event that was recently reported to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is very different and especially scary for pet owners who suffer from asthma.
In March, a woman bathed her dog with Douxo Seborrhea Shampoo (0.1% phytosphingosine), which is distributed by Sogeval Laboratories, Inc. of Coppell, Texas. The woman had been previously diagnosed with severe asthma and presumably was under treatment for it. Unfortunately, while bathing her dog with the aforementioned shampoo, the woman experienced a severe asthma attack and died. A few days later, another family member who also had asthma bathed the dog using the Douxo Seborrhea Shampoo. This person experienced a mild asthma attack but recovered.
As of yet, no one can say what the triggers for these asthma attacks were, but the FDA is recommending that people with asthma or other respiratory conditions consider consulting with their physicians before using this product. Investigations into these events are ongoing.