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Our furry friends are self-cleaners but need to be bathed every once in a while.
The frequency of a bath and products used depend upon the type of dog, the health of the coat and skin and if the dog enjoys digging and rolling around dirt and mud.
What is a dog conditioner?
A dog conditioner goes hand in glove with dog shampoo, put together especially for our canine counterparts. Canine conditioner like the ones we use goes on after we shampoo our pets and it serves pretty much the same purpose as ours.
As known, dog shampoo is made to match the pH level of dog’s skin that exists in a neutral zone of 6 – 7 pH. Human shampoo that is more acidic is therefore not suited to dog’s skin and can cause our pets discomfort.
Dog skin has around 3-5 layers making it thinner and more sensitive. Dog shampoo is milder and laden with ingredients to thus serve the needs of the dog.
Dog conditioner in this way is the same as shampoo, ideal for a follow-up and does as the name suggests but just in the dog world.
Common ingredients in a natural dog conditioner are oatmeal, aloe vera and organic shea butter.
Benefits of Dog Conditioner
The health of a dog’s skin and the coat is an external indication the dietary intake and resultant overall health of the dog. However, an appropriate natural shampoo is necessary to clean and heal from the outside.
A conditioner has played out the following roles.
1. It repairs skin and coat
The job of a conditioner is to replace the oils that a shampoo may strip off a dog’s skin in the process of cleaning. In this way, a conditioner nourishes and repairs hair and skin of a dog.
Especially in the case of dirty muddy dogs, the more the cleaning the dryer the skin gets after a shampoo cleanse.
A medium strength conditioner fills in for a shampoo, restocks moisture and makes skin and coat soft and smooth to touch. Conditioners also support the hair to reduce hair fall.
A good bath followed by a conditioner relaxes a dog and makes the coat pleasant and comfortable.
2. It makes the coat glossy
A healthy well cared for dog carries a glossy shiny coat. Sprays or leave in conditioners are as essential as nutrition in achieving a shine.
Even if a moisturizing shampoo is used, a definite shine bounces off the hair shaft that with added nutrients that a conditioner locks in.
Conditioners contain ingredients like vitamin E and oatmeal that soothe the skin after a shampoo and guarantee shine. The resultant look is a glossy good-looking coat
3. It makes the coat look plumper
Ingredients like proteins, hydrolyzed proteins and amino acids work wonders on thin limp fur conditions. These conditioners travel and settle into the hair shaft resulting in a fuller looking coat. These conditioners can be used on all breeds from thicker, coarser hair to scanty coats.
4. It reduces static
Shampoos wash away dirt and grime but the good oils and natural moisturizers that keep skin soft and the coat healthy. Conditioners especially work well in winter, drier weather and for dogs with dry skin conditions.
Conditioners work delivers moisture to the skin and coat, smoothening it and calming the static. Humectants in conditioners work to soak up moisture from the air and replenish moisture.
Products that contain oatmeal and aloe vera are excellent in both reducing frizz and conditioning.
5. It acts as a de-shedding and de-tangling treatment
Shedding is a natural process in the life of a dog. A good conditioner can help reduce the amount of loose hair from shedding. In dogs with a double coat, a conditioner softens fur and enables shed fur to glide off easily, freeing the coat of shed hair.
Products with silicon not only ease the shedding process but also are a blessing in messy matted situations.
Especially in dogs with coarse fur that traps dirt, using just a shampoo will further dry out the coat, cause knots and trap dirt again. Conditioners are a painless way to detangle fur and maintain a beautiful lustrous coat.
Is it really required?
Yes, at some point. A conditioner serves a purpose that a shampoo can’t fulfil.
The use of a conditioner rests on the objective, the health of a dog, the breed and age of a dog.
If the look and texture of hair, adding moisture, nourishing the skin and attaining manageable hair are objectives, a conditioner is essential.
The type of hair depends on the dog breed and dogs with coarser, thicker hair might need conditioner to manage hair; ones with thin limp hair might need it to add in some bounce.
Younger pups with healthier skin and hair might not need conditioner with a mild shampoo that does the job of cleaning.
The conditioner in this case might just load the skin with excess moisture. Besides, it’s best to start using conditioner on dogs older than 6 weeks.
Dogs with extra sensitive, dry skin would need a conditioner to act as a moisturizing agent. Conditioners shield used to protect skin and hair and make it weather-resistant.
Dogs are dependent on us in the measures we undertake to nurture and care for them.
They are playful and sensitive and at some point, even the healthiest of dogs could encounter problems with their skin.
At this point a shampoo steps in to take care of bacteria and parasites but a conditioner is what would restore the skin to health.