Do Dogs Need Conditioners?

Do Dogs Need Conditioners?

You might not be able to imagine your hair care routine without conditioner, but does it form an important part of your dog’s own?

Well, dog conditioner is actually pretty handy and is used by professional groomers for various reasons. Let’s find out if this is something you should be investing in:

Dog conditioner

You should only use conditioners made specifically for dogs on your dog. It should specifically say “formulated for pet use”, or some variation of that. Note that the purpose of a dog conditioner is not to clean your dog’s fur. This is what shampoo does. Dog conditioner helps your dog’s coat to retain moisture, making it nice and shiny.

Dog conditioner may come as a single product or maybe a 2-in-1 product with a shampoo. It’s all a matter of preference.

Never use a human conditioner on a dog since it was not made for that purpose. The chemical makeup of human skin and dog fur is not the same, and as a result, it can cause irritation and affect the natural pH balance.

Benefits of dog conditioner

The main purpose of a dog conditioner is to moisturize your dog’s coat and to improve the shin. This is particularly important for dogs who bathe often since shampoo will strip away natural oils.

A dog conditioner is not necessary for every dog, but it can help with tangles in long coats and can help to deal with static during grooming.

Choosing a dog conditioner

When choosing a dog conditioner, avoid ingredients such as:

  • Parabens
  • Formaldehydes
  • Preservatives
  • Sulfates

Consider investing in a conditioning spray you can use between baths to deal with matting and dryness.

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