How do you make a dog detangler?

Answered by James Kissner

To make a homemade dog detangler, you will need a few simple ingredients that are safe and effective for your furry friend. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make one:

1. Gather the ingredients: You will need one cup of water, one teaspoon of aloe vera gel, one teaspoon of coconut oil, and three drops of glycerin. These ingredients are easily available and have beneficial properties for your dog’s coat.

2. Mix the ingredients: In a clean spray bottle, combine the water, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and glycerin. Shake the bottle well to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed together. The water acts as a base, while the aloe vera gel provides calming and soothing properties to your dog’s skin. Coconut oil helps to moisturize and condition the coat, and glycerin helps to detangle and soften the fur.

3. Test the spray: Before using the detangling spray on your dog, it’s a good idea to do a patch test to make sure that your dog doesn’t have any adverse reactions to the ingredients. Spray a small amount of the mixture on a small area of your dog’s fur and observe for any signs of irritation or discomfort. If your dog shows any negative reaction, discontinue use immediately.

4. Apply the detangling spray: Once you have tested the spray and are confident that it is safe for your dog, you can now use it to detangle their fur. Spray a generous amount of the mixture onto your dog’s fur, focusing on areas that are prone to tangles and mats. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to gently work through the tangles, starting from the ends of the fur and working your way up to the roots. Be patient and take your time to avoid causing any discomfort to your dog.

5. Repeat as necessary: Depending on the severity of the tangles, you may need to repeat the application and combing process several times. Detangling can be a gradual and ongoing process, especially if your dog has long or thick fur. Remember to be gentle and never pull or tug on the fur, as this can cause pain and discomfort for your dog.

6. Store the detangling spray: After each use, make sure to store the homemade detangling spray in a cool, dry place. It is best to make small batches at a time to ensure freshness and efficacy. If you notice any changes in the color, texture, or smell of the mixture, it is advisable to discard it and make a fresh batch.

By making your own dog detangler, you have the peace of mind knowing exactly what ingredients are being used on your furry friend’s coat. Plus, you can customize the mixture to suit your dog’s specific needs. Regular use of a detangling spray can help keep your dog’s fur soft, manageable, and free from tangles and mats.