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How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

September 15, 2022
Does your pooch run and hide when he hears the word ‘Bath?’ Fido may enjoy feeling soft and clean, but he is definitely not as enthusiastic about the process that gets him there. Of course, how often your canine buddy has to endure a dreaded B-A-T-H depends on a few things. A local Tipp City, OH veterinarian offers some advice on this below.

Fur

The first—and most important—factor here is Fido’s coat type and length. Pups with short, smooth coats may only need to be bathed every three months or so, whereas pooches with very long, thick, and/or curly coats need monthly beauty sessions.

Skin Type

Fido’s skin is also something to take into consideration. Some pups tend to have quite oily skin. Basset hounds and Cocker Spaniels, for instance, can get greasy between baths, and may need more frequent ones.

Allergies

Does your canine pal have allergies or skin issues? If so, he may need more regular baths. You’ll need to use a gentle shampoo on Fido, such as an oatmeal shampoo. If you or anyone in your household is allergic to dander, that’s also something you’ll need to consider. Talk to your vet, and get some specific advice on this.

Tips

Did you know that overbathing can actually damage Fido’s skin and fur? It could strip the natural oils from his skin and coat, which could leave him looking dry and even frizzy. His skin could also get irritated. Your furry pal could even end up being more greasy, as his skin may produce extra oils. If you bathe your pooch frequently, you may need to add a doggy conditioner or use a moisturizing shampoo.

Dirty Dogs

Some dogs just tend to pick up more dust and dirt than others. Small dogs, for instance, often get a bit dusty, as they’re so low to the ground. Large breeds also collect a lot of dust and dirt, just because they have a larger ‘doggy surface’ area.

Bonus: Dogs That Love Mud

If you have a Golden Retriever, you may very well be giving Fido the side eye right now. While some dogs hate getting their paws dirty, others love to romp and play in puddles … which of course means more baths. Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, anytime!
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