In the dog owners world there exists opinions when it comes to bathing dogs. In one camp owners believe you don’t need to bathe dogs very often – maybe once a year. In the other camp they feel that their dogs should be bathed every month.
We all know bathing is good for dogs, but we should never forget it can cause problems if you do it too often.
All dogs have oils in their fur and skin, the same way as people do. If you wash your dog too often his skin will dry out. Your dog will itch, and may scratch and create sores. If you want to make bathing fun for you and your dog, here are a 3 things you should pay attention to.
1. Take care of your dog’s ears. Infections can occur when soap and water are able to enter the ear canal.
2. Use a shampoo intended for dogs. These are made to protect your pet’s fur and skin. Soaps meant for people can be irritating and harsh.
3. How often you should bathe dogs depends on their breed. For example longer haired dogs need more washing than shorter haired breeds. If you have a hairy dog, like a spaniel, baths should be scheduled once every two months or so. Different breeds may go as long as six to eight months. If your dog spends lots of time outside, he’ll get dirty more quickly, so pay attention to this.
Also as always if you are ever unsure of anything with your pet, visit your vet!