Hi...any experience with a good shampoo for a Siberian Husky--- and do you think a conditioner is needed?....I heard conditioners can cause irritation?
I second what Sophie said. I will add that I personally, never use conditioner on a husky. Conditioner is basically to help keep the coat tangle free, and repair any coat damage. With a husky, the length of hair life isn't long enough to warrant using conditioner. I also find it softens the guard hairs, and makes brushing out the undercoat more difficult.
Just remember not to bathe your husky regularly eh?
It takes the coat's oily atribute away and makes the coat flat and rough.
I know people say any good dog shampoo will work, but you might want to try out one of those shampoos that are specially for white hair, given the fact the white coat in huskies can yellow over the time.
A good example of why dawn (dishsoap at all) is not recommended for use on pets except in extreme cases of oil/grease...and ALWAYS should be followed up with a mild shampoo, and then conditioner. Dawn is VERY drying to the skin and coat..yes, it will kill fleas, if left on long enough, but so will just about any shampoo..the reason being..the fleas are soaked for 15-20 minutes, and the shampoo breaks down their tough outer shell, and gets into them internally..killing them. Again, though, there are WAY better shampoos for flea issues as well. Regardless, now that your dogs coat is dry (because dishsoap, unlike pet shampoo, strips all the natural oils from the coat) you are going to have to wait until his coat sheds and a new one grows, or until he produces enough of his own oil to recoat his hair. You can help encourage natural oils by brushing and combing down to the skin, and get the skin stimulated. You can make sure he's on the best diet, and you can try adding some pet oils like Halo Dreamcoat into his food. When you bath him again, follow up with a conditioner, also making sure its all rinsed out. Time will fix this.Hello All
I have had my big male huskey for 5 years now and cannot imagine having another breed. We recently had an ordeal where he got out of the yard and was gone % days before someone called to let me know he was at the shelter. He was INFESTED in fleas when I got him and was recomended to bath him with dawn and it worked completely! NOW however his coat is SOOO dry and has been for a couple of weeks. I know I got him completely rinsed so its not residue. Any advise on what to do to get my beautiful boys rock star coat soft again?