Can You Use Human Conditioner on Dogs?

by Naomi Millburn
    Human conditioner has no business on a doggie's body.

    Human conditioner has no business on a doggie's body.

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    Although dogs certainly don't require the same frequent bathing as humans, keeping up with their hygiene is important for maintaining health and comfort. Keep grooming products made for human use away from your furry cutie's body. No exceptions.

    In general, canines aren't the biggest fans of bath time, from the running of the water to the shampooing itself to the drying. The unfamiliarity and hassle of it all can cause anxiety if not trauma. Thankfully, dogs require bathing roughly only once in three months. Exceptions exist, however; if your dog got stuck into something messy outdoors whether it be mud or poop or animal innards. During humid and hot weather, dogs may need slightly more frequent bathing.

    Before you condition a dog's coat, thoroughly cleanse it by using a gentle shampoo made specifically for canines. Remember, dogs and human beings are not made the same, even if you feel as though your pet is your soul mate. Dogs do not have the same pH levels as humans. What's good for your hair is not necessarily good or even safe for your dog's fur and skin. When you buy your cutie a shampoo product, make sure it's clearly marked as being for doggie use.

    Conditioner may be very helpful for keeping your dog's fur glossy, hydrated and free of tangles after shampooing. As with shampoo, it is important to use only doggie conditioners on your pet. The ASPCA warns pet owners that human grooming products, whether conditioner or bar soap, can lead to unpleasant skin irritation in dogs -- no, thank you. Don't take the unnecessary risk. Always take the time to visit a nearby pet supplies store before you bathe and condition your pooch.

    Remember not to get excessive with the bathing of your doggie. Stick to the three-month rule with the exception of messy emergencies and especially sweaty weather situations. If you use grooming products and water too frequently on your dog, you may trigger conditions including skin dryness, skin irritation and reduced healthy skin oil levels -- yikes.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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