Some of you have already heard of shih tzu coat in oil. And some of you might wonder, “do you really need to oil your shih tzu or is it better to maintain the coat without oil?”
Here are some ideas that can help you decide whether to oil your shih tzu or not:
Oiling is Not for Everyone
A coat that has been maintained in oil usually cannot be taken out of oil. It will cause more mats if you decide to stop using oil. In short, once you put your shih tzu’s coat in oil, you have to keep your shih tzu in oil always. If you are showing your shih tzu, you have to bathe him before the show to remove the oil. Then you have to put him back in oil right after the dog show.
When oiling your shih tzu, you need to make sure that your shih tzu’s coat is completely oiled. Otherwise, mats can still form if the oiling is not done properly.
Hot Oil Treatment vs Oil Maintenance
Hot oil treatment is different than maintaining your dog in oil. In using hot oil as a treatment, oil is being “washed out” right after the oil treatment. In oil maintenance, oil is being left in the coat for several days and being bathed after a few days.
Hot oil treatment is usually used to sooth dry skin or itchiness while oil maintenance is done for convenience. Some maintain their dogs in oil (they even wrap the oiled coat) so that they do not have to brush the coat on a daily basis. But be sure to check the coat once in a while to make sure that there are no mats forming.
Oil is Not a Moisturizer
Oil penetrates the cortex where it waterproofs from the inside out. It seals moisture into the hair or acts as humectants and draws moisture in but it does not actually moisturize the hair. Oil build up may even block the moisture into the coat thus causing excessive dryness and breakage.
If using oil, you must first apply moisture in the form of a water based leave-in conditioner. You must also deep cleanse the coat periodically to remove any debris or build up. A regular shampoo is not enough to remove this build up so you need to find the right product that can remove oil build up in coat.
Oil vs Heat
Oil has a high heat conductivity so great care must be taken when using heat on hair. Excessive heat can fry the hair and may break easily. You do not want a damaged coat, right? So you better use the cold settings of your blower to be safe.
So, will it be to oil or not to oil?
In my opinion, coats not in oil are always better than coats in oil. Oiled coat attracts dirt easily. Another thing is that it feels hotter when coats are in oil not unless your shih tzu is in an airconditioned room all the time. Try leaving oil in your hair for several days so you will understand how it feels when coats are in oil. Always keep in mind that you should keep grooming simple. Don’t use any product if your shih tzu doesn’t need it. Otherwise, these products may do more harm than good.
As a conclusion, oiling your dog will really depend on your preference. You may or you may not oil your shih tzu. Just make sure that you really have an idea on what you are doing or else it might result to a more damaged coat instead of getting a nice, flowing one. Do more research if necessary…