Ask Seth: How Often Should You Bathe a Dog?

A good ‘rule of thumb’ on how often to bathe your dog is that less is more beneficial. Once a month is average and should be sufficient for keeping your dog clean. If she gets very dirty during a specific activity then she can bathed if needed. Some dog breeds can go much longer between baths then other breeds. My dog gets a bath every three months or so. Your veterinarian or dog groomer can advise you on the proper frequency for your specific dog.

Here are some helpful tips on how to bath a dog:

  1. Before bathing a dog, place some cotton balls in the ears. Water is the most common cause of ear infections in canines. Make sure you remember that to take them out when you are finished with the bath.
  2. Brush your dog before the bath to remove any loose hair, dander and debris.
  3. Brush you dog after the bath to remove any excess soap and untangle any fur.
  4. Always use a pet shampoo and not a product made for humans. Human shampoos are mild compared to pet shampoos, and may not get your dog’s fur clean, while at the same time may remove important natural oils and really dry out your dog’s skin.
  5. Be sure to rinse fur thoroughly to remove the shampoo completely. It is very easy to leave shampoo in the coat, especially between the toes. which will cause your dog to lick and irritate their paws.
  6. Towel dry your dog’s fur as much as you can: 1) to make sure she does not pick up dirt and debris from the ground if she rolls around, and 2) to make sure she does not catch a dangerous chill in cold weather.

How often do you bathe your dog? Share bathing tips with us in the comments!

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