Do you sometimes wonder if you’re overbathing or not bathing your dog enough? Well, according to a New York-based veterinarian, there aren’t exact rules when it comes to giving canines a bath.
The trick is to go by smell. If your dog smells icky, they’re due for a rinse. If your dog had a bit of fun on the sand and grime at the park, it’s best that he or she be given a bath. As long as your pet is healthy and isn’t suffering from any dermatological conditions or bath-related sensitivities, this practice applies.
For canines with skin conditions and sensitivities, bathing is usually done once weekly to keep them healthy and free from infection. It is, however, best to consult your vet so that you can be given individualized instructions on how to bathe your sensitive pet and how often according to his/her needs and condition.
With regard to shampoos, there are several variants in the market that cater to different canine needs. Some are best for oily or dry skin. Others address highly sensitive skin that tend to develop yeast or bacterial infection easily. Some variants are best for itch-prone skin. Ask your vet what best suits your pet’s skin.
All other dogs that have relatively normal skin can use bathing products are made specifically for dogs, and before using any OTC bathing variants, especially those purchased online, check with your vet first as some may contain irritants.