Conditioners should always be used after shampooing our pets to replace the oils, or sebum, that we removed during bathing. But not all conditioners are the same. Conditioners are made up of emollients or humectants or a combination of both. Emollients are made to coat the hair and skin and hold moisture in, so they actually repel water. Humectants are designed to draw moisture into the skin and hydrate. Different hair types require different mixtures of these. Short hair breeds rely more on the emollients, or grease, to protect, where long haired breeds need moisture to protect the hair and skin. The best conditioners also contain nutrients which feed the skin and hair from the outside in. Make sure you understand the needs of the pet and choose the right conditioner to achieve a healthy coat.