Dog Baths - How Often Should a Dog be Bathed

Some owners will do dog baths too often and others too little. Common sense prevails here; do dog bathing when needed. Your dog does not have to smell like he just walked out of a salon but smelling as though he just got out of a dumpster is not good either.

Keep your dog's coat healthy and clean with frequent brushing and you will not have to bath as often and maintaining a clean sleeping area is also important for keeping dog odor down. Bath once a month (or see guidelines below) at most and use a shampoo specific for dogs. Take a look at this convenient Tub Rack for bathing dogs.

Here are some guidelines for dog bathing...

1. Bath when he has rolled in something nasty, which is pretty obvious, just use your nose; that tell tale doggy smell will let you know it's time for a bath. Use an antibacterial or deodorizing shampoo and follow up with a conditioner.

2. He has simple doggy odor - use one of the many tearless dog shampoos on the market.

**Note** If the smell is more than a doggy odor, it could be a sign of a skin disease, a problem with the ears, mouth or anal glands. Check with your veterinarian.

3. Dandruff - check with your vet or groomer to determine the cause and use the appropriate shampoo.

4. Allergies - a dog with itchy skin from allergies may find a bath soothing and help reduce itching. The use of a soothing oatmeal shampoo, a gentle hypo-allergenic or hydrocortisone-based shampoo in most cases should be helpful.

5. Fleas, mites, tics, and lice - special shampoos made for parasites are great for this problem.

6. If he's had a run in with a skunk.icon Special shampoos are made for this problem.

7. Swimming in salt water - salt will cause itching and skin irritation.

Parasite Shampoos see dog flea treatments and for healthy skin and coat see supplements. icon

Dog Bathing Tips

1. If you are bathing a puppy use a shampoo that is specially formulated for puppies.

2. Start at an early age to get your dog used to being brushed and bathed.

3. Shampoo can leave a residue which may irritate your dog's skin. Rinse well after shampooing.

4. Human shampoos should not be used on dogs. The PH level is not the same.

5. Fatty acid supplements added to your dog's good diet will help maintain a healthy coat and skin.

6. Dry shampoosicon are available if you have a doggy that does not like the water and does not find bath time fun. Keep in mind though, it does not really take the place of a bath because it does not reach the skin. You are going to have to shampoo your doggie at some point. The Rapid Bath Pet Bathing System is wonderful for dogs that dislike water, you can have your dog bathed in just a few minutes.

7. Select the right shampoo for your dog. There are many to choose from.

8. I suggest clothes that you do not mind getting wet.

9. Use a drain screen so that your dog's hair does not clog up your plumbing.

One final word on dog baths and grooming in general; your dog's appearance says a lot about you and how you feel about your best friend. There is no such thing as a breed that requires no grooming.

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