When it’s time to give your dog a wash, choosing when and how to do so is usually nerve-racking. We experience this because the bathing frequency of your pooch depends on many factors: the breed, the time it spends outdoors, its age, and the medical conditions it has if it has any.
Here are a few indications to look out for to determine if your dog might require a shower. We have also included some washing tips:
1. The dog rolls around in smelly things:
Rolling around on dirty surfaces or against filthy clothes is the #1 reason most dogs are washed. In case your dog keeps searching out nasty things and rolls around in it, then they will require an immediate shower. Always use good quality Deodorizing Dog Shampoo and don’t be reluctant to wash him twice.
2. The doggy odor:
A foul smelly coat is generally developed due to an issue with the ears, mouth, feet, or anal organs. A foul odor originating from the skin is regularly an indication of illness like a yeast infection. Any puppy with more than the regular “doggy” smell is ought to be checked by a veterinarian as soon as it is discovered. For dogs with the normal doggy smell, pick a good quality dog shampoo and clean them thoroughly.
3. The dog has dandruff:
Dandruff might be caused due to dryness and irritation of the fur. However, this condition can easily be resolved with a good moisturizing shampoo. Check with your veterinarian or groomer first to determine the reason for your dog’s skin condition and then pick the right shampoo to resolve it.
4. The dog is allergic:
Washing a dog with allergies and itchy skin can sometimes be soothing and provide relief. Use Oatmeal shampoo, hypoallergenic shampoo or hydrocortisone based shampoo to keep them away from allergies and also provide relief from them as well.
5. The pooch has bugs, parasites, fleas, mites, or lice:
Shampooing is still an ideal approach to eliminate parasites. Most shampoos clean and condition the coat while battling the issue of bugs and ticks on your dog. Make sure you discuss this with your veterinarian to get the correct analysis and the right treatment.
Some other important tips to remember about bathing your pooch
- Always use shampoos made especially for dogs as they are PH regulated to suit their skin. Most shampoos made for humans are harsh and will damage your pet’s fur coat and skin. Also, remember to rinse the shampoo thoroughly as the residue can irritate your dog’s skin.
- Showering your dogs must be done from a very young age as they will get more accustomed to it and will get much easier when they grow up.
- Brushing must be done before giving your dog a bath as it will keep your dog’s fur coat and skin healthy.
- Supplements with fatty acids must be provided to your dogs as they help maintain a healthy hair coat.