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A Guide to Bathing your Puppy or Dog

As a dog owner, keeping your furry friend clean and healthy is an important responsibility. Bathing your dog is a crucial part of this, but it’s essential to remember that overdoing it can be harmful. Washing your dog too frequently can strip away natural oils and dry out their skin, leading to irritation and even contributing to skin disorders. It can also interfere with external treatments for worms and fleas.

The general guideline is to bathe your dog no more than once every four weeks, and this may vary depending on their daily activities as well as breed coat. Of course, if your pup ends up caked in stinky mud after a walk, a bath is necessary. There are plenty of dog shampoos and conditioners available, both traditional and organic, that can help keep your dog clean without causing harm. However, it’s important to monitor your dog for any reaction to a new product and try a small amount on a small area of their coat first and wait a couple of days before doing the full body wash.

If your dog has or develops skin conditions or allergies, it’s essential to talk to your veterinarian about the right products to use. Some dogs may require specific types of shampoos or conditioners to help alleviate their skin ailments.

When it comes to bathing your dog, choosing a dedicated spot can be helpful. Many people opt for the laundry tub or garden. Bear in mind they love a good shake down so keep this in mind when choosing a location.  Add to this some dogs can become quite anxious during bath time, so it’s essential to be prepared for extra splashing. Try to keep your dog calm, reward them for calm behaviour, ensure the water is not deeper than their elbow, and use a comfortable temperature between 25C and 35C (77 Fahrenheit  and 86 Fahrenheit).   Make the bath as quick as possible to minimize any stress for your pup.

After bathing, make sure to dry your dog thoroughly to prevent skin infections. Give them a dedicated towel, and in colder months you might want to use a hair dryer or heater to help with drying. However, be careful not to burn your dog, and ensure that they can move away if they need to.

In conclusion, keeping your dog clean is important, but overdoing it can do more harm than good. Stick to the general guideline of bathing no more than once every four weeks, choose the right products, and take steps to minimize stress for your furry friend during bath time. With these tips, you can keep your dog clean, healthy, and happy. 

If in doubt always consult your vet first.

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