Homemade Detangler for Long Hair Dogs

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Homemade Detangler for Long Hair Dogs
Keeping your dog's coat free of mats can save steep grooming and veterinary costs. (poppy 4 image by sebastien tibeau from Fotolia.com)

Untangling your pet's coat can be a painful experience for both pet and owner. Mats in your dog's hair, especially those with a longer coat, can cause sores and possibly require veterinary care if left tangled for too long. Making your own detangling spray for your canine is not only cost efficient, but also is easier to customise for your pet's specific coat needs. With items you can find around the house, you will be putting an end to those annoying mats in no time at all.

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Things you need

  • 227gr aloe-vera based dog conditioner
  • 236ml distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 3 to 6 drops essential oil of your choosing
  • 709ml spray bottle
  • Dog comb with pick and teeth

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  1. 1

    Warm up the distilled water in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Pour the dog conditioner into the spray bottle, then pour in the warm water. Shake the water bottle vigorously until the water and shampoo are evenly mixed.

  2. 2

    Add the wheat germ to the water and conditioner mixture, shaking the bottle vigorously once more until the wheat germ is dissolved. Drop three drops of essential oil to the mixture, and shake vigorously. Smell the mixture; if the scent from the oil is not strong enough to your liking, add two to three more drops of oil until scented to your liking.

  3. 3

    Begin to pick the larger mats apart with your fingers and the pick on the end of the dog comb. Do not bathe your dog before untangling the mats as the hair will restrict. Once the mats are easier to brush, spritz a small amount of the detangler on the spot, and begin to brush the tangles out with the teeth of the comb gently.

Tips and warnings

  • Use citrus oils to cover your pet's natural smells.
  • Opt out of scented essential oil if dog conditioner already has a pleasing scent.
  • Cut mats that are too hard to untangle with your fingers, or comb, with trimming scissors.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel into dog conditioner if aloe-vera based conditioner is not available.
  • Use caution when untangling mats so as not to damage your pet's skin.
  • Cut mats small sections at a time, staying away from the skin as best as possible.
  • Never use human or baby shampoo on your pet's coat, as they do not have the correct pH balance for your dog's hair and skin.
  • Avoid any shampoo with insecticides, as they can be too harsh for your dog's skin.

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