Bathing your dog is not only good for their hygiene, but it also makes for a good chance to check for bumps and abnormalities, fleas, and other things that might be easier to see when their hair is wet and against their body. As a human we have a shower once a day, maybe every other day, but how often should you be washing your dog? As is often the case, the answer is “it depends.”
How often you should wash your dog depends on a number of factors, including his health, breed, coat, and activity level, as well as where these activities are taking place. Dogs who spend the day outside rolling around in things they shouldn’t are going to need a bath far more often than ones who spend most of their time on the couch. One of the only exceptions is if the baths are part of a medical treatment from your veterinarian, if so you should follow those treatments as directed.
How Frequently Should I Wash My Dog?
It is advised to bathe your dog at least once every 3 months. You could also wash your dog as frequently as every other week. If you do have doubts about if you should or not, use your best judgement. If your dog walks into a room you are in and you can instantly smell them, it is most likely time for a bath or if you just got back from a walk and your dog is covered in mud, this would also be an ideal time for a bath.
So, is it bad to bathe your dog every week? It can be. Your dog needs natural oils produced by the skin to promote hair growth. Plus over bathing can cause irritation and dryness. So don’t overdo it when it comes to bathing your dog.
Helpful Tips For Washing Your Dog
When you are gathering everything you need to wash your dog, make sure it is nearby, so you don’t leave them unattended. Don’t forget to give your dog a nice brush before their bath. When you do start to wash your dog make sure you start from the from the bottom and make your way to the top (doing their face last). Lastly make it fun and don’t forget to bring a couple of treats during the process, as well as show your love and affection during the process.
The Right Products For Your Dog
Some products that are specifically designed for human skin could be quite irritating to dog skin, so if you are looking for something to use on your dog an oatmeal based shampoo is the perfect choice for a lot of healthy dogs.
If you’re unsure of which type of shampoo to buy, talk to your veterinarian, who knows your pets and their medical history and is in the best position to provide individualized recommendations. This is especially true if your dog suffers from a skin condition.
If you simply don’t have the time, space or desire to wash your dog at home, there is no shame in calling in an expert.