How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?

Dogs naturally love to play with dirt, which is why they need to be washed. How often should dog owners bathe their dogs depends on many factors like the dog's coat type, its health, activity level and breed. 
 
Hairless breeds need more baths. Hairless dogs need a bath once a week to keep their skin healthy. Furred dogs and long-haired dogs don’t need to be bathed as often, as long as you are brushing their coat regularly. A good bath every 4-6 weeks should be enough to keep their coat shiny and healthy. if the dog has skin problems, stay outdoors or has body odor, they may need a bath every other week or in some cases, every other day. To protect their skin and hair, all baths, buts especially the more frequent baths should only be given with a high-quality shampoo and conditioner. They not only protect the skin and hair, they do not dry it out.
 
High-quality vs Low-quality Shampoo
 
Between the two, of course, you need to choose a high-quality dog shampoo for your dog. You do not want to expose your best friend to toxic chemicals, do you? A high-quality dog shampoo is formulated with a pH value between 6.5-7.5, which is friendly to the dog's skin. It is soap-free and should only contain mild cleansing ingredients that don't dry the dog's coat or skin. Their ingredients like oatmeal and aloe relieves dry and itchy skin, soothes sensitive skin, hydrates and moisturizes your dog’s skin, and cleans and softens your dog’s coat. Furthermore, a high-quality dog shampoo is easy to rinse, ensuring that no chemicals remain on the hair.
 
What constitutes a low-quality dog shampoo is the ingredients it contains. If you care for your dog, don't buy shampoos or bathing products that have artificial fragrance, artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, and Isothiazolinone preservatives. They are harmful chemicals that can damage the dog's hair and skin.
 
Here is an example of a high-quality shampoo and conditioner 
 
Dangers of Using Human Soap
 
As previously stated, a dog's skin has a pH balance of 6.5-7.5, while human skin has 5.5. It means that human shampoos have high acidity, which is not safe for dogs. But to explain it clearly, human soaps and shampoos will damage the dog's acid mantle. If that happens, dogs become more susceptible to infections, parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
 
In addition to those things, your dog will also suffer from dry and sensitive skin, which makes the dog itch a lot. It will also result in his or her body becoming a thriving place for parasites like fleas and ticks. Yes, human soaps and shampoos may be cheaper, but they cause damages that may be more expensive than buying a high-quality shampoo.
 
Effects of Poor Hygiene on Dogs
 
If your dog doesn't have proper hygiene, it can result in severe skin issues like scratching, hot spots, scabies, rashes, hair loss, and skin sores, to name a few. However, the immediate effect of not bathing your furry pal is having an awful smell. If your dog doesn't get their bath, you or family members can become allergic to impurities on your dogs skin and coat. The worse case is that your pooch's body will be filled with fleas, ticks, and other parasites that can damage not only your dog's skin but also their overall health.
 

Brushing Your Dog

Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet's hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free. Plus, grooming time is a great time to check for fleas and flea dirt—those little black specks that indicate your pet is playing host to a flea family.

Shedding

Although shedding old or damaged hair is a normal process for dogs, the amount and frequency of hair shed often depends upon their health, breed type and season. Many dogs develop thick coats in the winter that are then shed in the spring. Dogs who are always kept indoors, however, are prone to smaller fluctuations in coat thickness and tend to shed fairly evenly all year.

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