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How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

“How often should I wash my dog?” It’s the kind of question every dog ​​owner asks at some point, and it’s one that doesn’t have a simple answer. It depends on several factors ranging from their breed to their health and their lifestyle. If your dog hates bath time, you may want to go longer between baths, but how long is too long? If you like a very clean dog, how often is too often to bathe your dog? Let’s break it down and look at some different ways to assess how often you should bathe your dog.

#1 – If it stinks

For many dog ​​owners, this is the simplest solution. If you have an indoor dog that stays reasonably clean and has relatively short hair, he may only need to be bathed once or twice a year. Brushing their coat well and walking over their body with a grooming cloth can extend the time between washes. If you have a dog that likes to roll or poop in the mud, or has a lot of hair, you’ll want to bathe him more often.

#2 – When he needs a haircut

Dogs with hair that grows continuously will need regular haircuts anyway and should be bathed when they get their hair cut (usually recommended by groomers every 4-8 weeks). If you take your dog to a professional groomer, the bath is usually included, but if you’re grooming him at home, you’ll still want to wash him first. Clean hair cuts better and results in a better hairstyle. Bath time is also a good way to notice anything unusual about your dog or his skin condition, such as irritation, bumps or parasites.

#3 – Every 1-3 months

The ASPCA recommends washing your dog at least once every 3 months. The experts at Dog time saying that “bathing once a month works for most dogs.” Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinary consultant at PetMDsay:

“The best bathing frequency depends on the reason behind the bath. Healthy dogs that spend most of their time indoors may only need to be bathed a few times a year to keep natural “dog odors” under control. On the other hand, frequent bathing is a crucial part of managing certain medical conditions, such as allergic skin diseases.”

#4 – Which schedule works best for you and your dog

You may feel like your dog never needs a bath, or you may feel compelled to bathe him once a week (don’t wash him more than once a week without checking with your vet first). Ultimately, you’ll know when it’s time.

Bath time tips

#1 – Brush BEFORE bathing

Your dog should be brushed out very well before bathing as water will make tangles (called mats) worse. Matted hair can also retain water and shampoo next to your dog’s skin, which can cause irritation.

#2 – Use lukewarm water

Dog time say:

“Dogs’ skin is different from ours, and hot water can burn dogs more easily. Bathwater should never be hotter than what you would use for a human baby. Keep it even cooler for large breed dogs, which can easily overheat.”

#3 – Use dog shampoo

Dog skin has a very different pH level than human skin, so human shampoo is extremely drying for dogs. It may also contain toxic chemicals or irritating perfumes. Stick to moisturizing shampoos formulated specifically for dogs.

#4 – Save the head for last

Mari Rozanski, from Plush puppies boutique in Huntingdon Valley, PA, told PetMD:

“I always wash the body first and the head last because dogs tend to shake when their heads are wet. Just because a shampoo says tear-free or tear-free, don’t apply it directly to the eyes, but rather swish it around the eyes and rinse it out right away.

A cotton ball (or half a cotton ball for small dogs) placed in your dog’s ears before bathing will help prevent water from entering the ear canal, which can cause ear infections.

#5 – Rinse well

Soap residue can irritate and itch your dog’s skin. If you think you’ve rinsed out all the shampoo, continue rinsing just to be sure.

#6 – Avoid hot dryers

Unless you want to invest in a dryer designed for dogs (a high speed dryer can help blow out the undercoat and reduce shedding), you should allow your dog to air dry or use a low temperature, at least 12 inches away from your dog’s skin. Heated dryers can burn or overheat your dog.

#7 – Reward your dog afterwards

Since most dogs hate bath time, they should be rewarded with praise, playtime or a special treat to reward them for putting up with the bath.

(H/T: PetMD, AKC, Robber, Dog time, ASPCA)

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