Dog fur can become a mess of tangles, especially for long- or curly-haired breeds or those canine companions who play outside. Many commercial detanglers are an expensive cocktail of chemicals, so a homemade recipe of natural ingredients is an easy and inexpensive substitute, with the added benefit of deterring fleas.
Add 2 cups water to the pan and place it on the stove. Bring it to a boil.
Remove the pan from the heat and mix in either 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, or 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the liquid to cool.
Strain the liquid into a clean dish and discard the rosemary leaves.
Pour 1 cup of the rosemary rinse into the spray bottle. Add 3 drops of glycerin -- which you can purchase at a drugstore -- and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Put the lid back on the spray bottle and shake the bottle a few times to mix the ingredients.
Spray the homemade detangler on your dog's fur after bathing. Shake the bottle several times during application to keep the ingredients mixed.
Massage the detangler onto your dog's fur and leave it in; comb out his fur with a dog comb while it is wet, but do not rinse out the detangler.
Throw away any leftover detangling spray; it will not keep for the next use, as it has no preservatives.
Aloe vera gel is completely non-toxic to pets if licked off; however, ingesting the aloe vera plant can be toxic to dogs. Toxins are removed during the processing of the gel or extract.
A simpler method of making homemade detangler is simply to make a 50-50 mix of dog conditioner and water in a spray bottle; spray it on your dog's fur, comb out his tangles and leave the mixture on without rinsing.
Items You Will Need
- Pan with lid
- 2 cups water
- Rosemary, fresh or dried
- Aloe vera gel
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