There’s nothing worse than giving your poor pup a nasty shock when you go in for a pet. Luckily, there are a few tricks to help reduce the static electricity in your pet’s coat.
Note: Do NOT use dryer sheets to remove static from your pet’s coat. While this can be a great fix for car seats and flyaways, the chemicals in dryer sheets can be seriously harmful to your pet.
Tip #1: Replace Fleece Beds and Blankets With Natural Alternatives
Fleece generates static like crazy, so replacing fleece pet bedding with natural alternatives (at least in winter) can really help reduce the static buildup on their coats.
Note: The same thing goes for sweaters; if your pet wears a sweater, make sure that it’s made of all-natural materials.
Tip #2: Bathe Your Pet With Moisturizing Conditioner
During the winter, moisturizing conditioner is just as important for pets as it is for humans! Aloe and oatmeal are two natural ingredients that are particularly good at moisturizing hair, so look for pet shampoos and conditioners with those ingredients.
Tip #3: Mist Your Pet’s Fur With Animal-Safe Conditioner
If using conditioner when bathing your pet isn’t enough, consider mixing a small amount of pet conditioner with water in a spray bottle (1 teaspoon conditioner to 2 cups water should do) and mist your pet’s fur with it prior to brushing.
Note: It’s essential that you only use a pet conditioner (animal-safe) for this mixture. Using a conditioner intended for human use could result in a sick pet if they lick it off.
Tip #4: Supplement Your Pet’s Diet With Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids promote coat health and can help reduce static, though seeing as these supplements can be pricey, you might want to try the other fixes on this list first and use this method as a last resort. (If you have the extra bucks, though, go for it! Your pet will thank you.)