Natural Homemade Coconut Detangler for Dogs

by Ann Compton
    A coconut detangler is good for your dog's coat and skin.

    A coconut detangler is good for your dog's coat and skin.

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    If your dog has long hair and sensitive skin, your options for keeping her coat tangle-free are limited. Make a natural coat detangler at home using coconut oil that will make her coat soft, shiny and keep it smelling wonderful.

    Coconut Oil Benefits

    Coconut oil is one of nature's best supplements. It can benefit your dog inside and out. You can supplement your dog's food with coconut oil for overall health, and when used topically, it helps heal skin wounds and disinfect them, soothes sore spots and heals itchy skin. It's good for dry skin and helps clear eczema and dandruff. It also helps alleviate doggy odor. Add coconut oil to your dog's food to help prevent infectious diseases, aid digestive health and weight control, and keep skin problems, arthritis and the risk of cancer at bay. Feed 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight of unrefined coconut oil each day.

    Simple Detangler

    Make an easy detangler for your dog's coat with coconut oil. Start with rosemary rinse by boiling 4 cups of water. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves. Let this sit for 10 minutes, and then pour the liquid through a dish towel or colander into a bowl. Use 1 cup of the rosemary water, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 3 drops glycerin and 5 to 6 drops of coconut oil.

    Shake and Spray

    Let the mixture cool, then pour it into a spray bottle and shake well. Use it to mist your dog's coat before brushing or after her bath to condition and detangle the coat. Discard any of the mixture you don't use to avoid bacterial growth, which can occur in mixtures with no preservatives. Store the leftover rosemary water in the refrigerator and use it to make a fresh batch of detangler whenever you need it.

    Substitute for Conditioner

    Use the coconut and rosemary spray after bathing your dog in place of conditioner that must be rinsed out. Towel or blow her coat dry until it's just damp. Spray the coconut detangler and brush it through the coat carefully with a pin brush. Let the coat finish drying; spray and brush again, and your dog will have a shiny, silky and healthy coat.

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    About the Author

    With more than 25 years in journalism, Ann Compton has written for national newspapers, magazines and websites. She has covered the equestrian events in five Olympics as well as the Westminster Dog Show and specializes in animal topics. She breeds, trains and shows Shetland Sheepdogs.

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