To make a homemade conditioner for dogs we recommend the use of natural products such as: aloe vera, coconut oil, olive oil, egg or apple cider vinegar. Softeners provide hydration to the coat, softness, shine and ease, showing a healthy and strong coat. Its use considerably improves the appearance of the hair, however, without adequate nutrition and a stress-free environment we will not obtain any results. In this sense, experts advise diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and proteins.
If your doggy already enjoys a suitable food for him, exercises, does not suffer stress or any type of pathology, and even so, his coat is dull or rough.
In this article from our Experts we will teach you how to make homemade conditioner for dogs and make them look perfect.
Homemade dog softener with rosemary
Rosemary is one of the most widely used aromatic spices in cooking, but did you know that it also brings multiple benefits to our pets? Indeed, this plant can also be used to flavor the homemade recipes of dogs, since it provides vitamin C, flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins, essential oils and tannins, which translates into digestive, diuretic and carminative properties. As for its benefits for dog’s hair, rosemary favors blood circulation, so that it helps the animal coat to grow stronger, healthier and brighter. On the other hand, due to its astringent effect, it combats oily and greasy fur, present in fine and long-haired breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier.
To prepare a conditioner for dogs with rosemary we can follow two recipes:
- We prepare an infusion of rosemary by heating a tablespoon of leaves with two cups of water.
- We heat two tablespoons of leaves with two tablespoons of olive oil.
Both recipes are intended to strengthen the dog’s hair and increase its softness, the difference is that the second is much more hydrating thanks to the olive oil.
How to apply rosemary dog conditioner
- Make the chosen recipe and let it cool a little.
- Strain the preparation to discard the leaves.
- Apply the homemade conditioner to wet hair with a gentle massage.
- Let it sit for a few minutes.
- Wash it off.
We recommend using this homemade conditioner after shampooing.
Detangler and homemade conditioner with coconut oil
The coconut oil is an excellent natural remedy for softening and hydrating dogs’ hair. In addition, at the same time it improves the health of the skin. This oil is very popular with humans for its excellent results as a facial and hair mask. However, its positive effects do not end here, and it is also perfect for hydrating the coat of your dog.
On the other hand, this softener for dogs also acts as a natural detangler, making it a magnificent home conditioner for long-haired dogs. To do this, simply heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in one tablespoon of water.
How to apply coconut dog conditioner
- Prepare the solution and let it cool down.
- Apply the softener on the wet fur with a soft and relaxing massage.
- Let it set for a few minutes and rinse it with water really god.
- If you want, you can use the conditioner before the shampoo.
It is very important to remove the softener, since if you do not do it the dog will show an oily coat, just the opposite effect that we want to achieve.
Homemade conditioner for dogs with aloe Vera
The benefits of aloe vera for the skin of dogs are known, especially to treat cases of dermatitis, and internal uses to combat digestive problems. However, this plant with so many medicinal properties is also used to give freshness to the dog’s hair, strengthen it and hydrate it. To do this, simply put two tablespoons of aloe vera gel into two cups of water. And if the animal’s coat is in very bad condition, to enhance the effects of the home conditioner for dogs we recommend adding one or two tablespoons of coconut oil.
How to apply Aloe Vera Dog Conditioner
- After washing the dog with the shampoo, apply the conditioner with a gentle massage.
- Let it sit for a few minutes.
- Rinse with water really good.
This home remedy is a conditioner for long, medium and short-haired dogs, and a natural treatment to reduce the symptoms of dermatitis. For best results, we recommend using a shampoo suitable for the animal’s hair or skin, especially if it suffers from any skin conditions or allergies.
Also read: Pets and our Health
Egg softener for dogs
Due to its amount of protein, the egg is an excellent natural product to strengthen the dog’s fur and make it look soft and shiny. Likewise, it is ideal to complement the veterinary treatment for seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea, always under the approval of a specialist, since it also has the ability to balance sebum production.
Since the protein concentration is in the yolk, to make this homemade conditioner for dogs we recommend using only this part of the egg. Although if you prefer you can also add the whole egg. To prepare the treatment, mix the egg yolk vigorously with half a liter of warm water to emulsify it.
Important: Since eggs are known to cause most allergy to dogs, you must apply a small amount of softener to a tiny area and observe the reaction. If there are no signs of allergy, then you can proceed the process.
How to Apply Egg Softener for Dogs
- After bathing the dog with the shampoo, distribute the conditioner through the coat with a gentle massage.
- Let it sit for a few minutes.
- Rinse the fur with water and, if necessary, you can use a small amount of shampoo.
Apple cider vinegar as a conditioner for dogs
This is more than a conditioner for dogs is a homemade trick to hydrate the dog’s hair and control its body odor . Likewise, due to its acetic acid, it is an excellent antiparasitic method to prevent possible infestation. To use it and take advantage of all its properties, simply mix dog shampoo with apple cider vinegar in equal parts, apply as usual, leave for a few minutes and rinse it off.
Can human conditioner be used on dogs?
No, using products designed for humans on dogs is not recommended for one simple reason: we do not have the same pH. Conditioners and softeners for humans are made based on the pH of our skin and hair, which ranges between 4.5 and 5.5, while cosmetic dog products are made for their pH, which is between 6.3 and 7.5. Likewise, our products tend to be loaded with perfumes and other chemical products that can further worsen the condition of the animal’s skin and hair. So, using a human conditioner on dogs can cause damage to their skin such as: irritation, dryness, itching, flaking (dandruff), excessive fall and even allergic reactions.