Taking care of a dog means more than just giving them love and making sure their belly is full. You need to make sure that their hair stays clean and tangle-free over time. Regular grooming is the most effective way to keep tangles at bay. However, even the most well-groomed dog can get tangles occasionally. Leaving those tangles to fester could result in a coat full of matted hair before long.
Matted hair isn’t just an eyesore. It can be painful for your dog, and the tangles can get caught upon objects as your dog moves around, yanking the hair and skin. Tangles can lead to mats, which can lead to skin irritation and even infections. So, how do you get those tangles out?
There are several natural ways to detangle your dog’s hair without having to buy any special detangling products that may contain toxins that your dog shouldn’t be exposed to anyway. Today, we’re sharing three natural ways to detangle your dog’s hair. Any of the following options should provide awesome results that you and your pooch are sure to appreciate.
Use Eggs to Clean Your Dog’s Hair
Eggs can make your dog’s hair soft and shiny when used as a shampoo during bath time. They can also help loosen tangles so you can easily brush the tangles out. To clean your dog’s hair with eggs, just beat a few eggs together in a bowl, as if you were going to scramble them or make French toast. One or two eggs should be enough for small breeds, and up to six may be necessary for larger breeds.
Use the egg wash like you would shampoo while bathing your dog. Gently massage the eggs into your dog’s hair, giving special attention to the tangled or matted areas. Let the egg mixture rest on your dog’s hair for several minutes before rinsing it off. After the bath, your dog’s hair should be much easier to comb or brush out. Your dog should have fewer tangles, if any, left at all.
Make Your Own Detangling Spray
You can also make your own detangling spray to use between baths that will help you brush tangles and mats out of your pooch’s hair. Once your spray is made, you can use it directly on your dog’s tangles before they get too bad. The spray will loosen the tangles so a comb can break them completely apart. You’ll need the following supplies to make your own detangling spray:
To make the spray, pour 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil into your spray bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, then add 1 cup of water. Close the spray bottle, and vigorously shake it for a few seconds to make sure that the water and oil are well combined.
Then, spray your dog’s tangles before combing them out. You can use the spray as a general conditioner too. Just lightly spray your dog’s entire coat with the coconut concoction before each brushing. Always shake the spray bottle before you use it to combine the ingredients, as they may break apart when settling.
Bust out the Clippers
If all else fails, you can always bust the hair clippers out and give your dog a little haircut. You don’t have to cut all their hair, just the tangled areas that can’t be washed or brushed out. If the tangle is bad enough, your dog may look like they have a bald spot after being cut out. But the look is just temporary and the hair should grow back quickly.
If your dog isn’t used to hair clippers, turn the clippers on for a few minutes at a time while your dog is in the room to see how they react. Once your dog seems relaxed around the running clippers, you should be able to clip their tangles out without getting a scared reaction. Make sure not to cut too close to your dog’s skin to avoid injuring them. Stay an inch or so from the hairline.
Hair tangles can be frustrating for both you and your pooch. Hopefully, the tips that we’ve shared here will make getting rid of those occasional tangles easier. If your dog tends to get tangles frequently, consider visiting the vet to see if they have a skin condition that is causing them. You may also want to keep their hair professionally trimmed to avoid regular occurrences of tangles.
Do you have any secret tips for getting rid of dog hair tangles? Have you tried remedies that don’t seem to work well? We’ve love to hear about your experiences and insights in the comments section below!
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