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How often should you give your dog a bath?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

This question has been asked many times by dog owners. There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to the frequency that you should bath your dog.  Some of these factors are the condition of your dogs coat, his skin condition and the type of coat that he has.  If your dog is outside in warm weather frequently, he is more likely to get dirty and require a bath. If your dog swims in a lake with a lot of algae , then you’ll want to bath him right away.

If your dog’s skin is sensitive, then you’ll not want to bath him too often. This will irritate his skin even more. Even the shampoo you use will irritate a dog’s skin.  A dogs natural oils will moisten your dogs skin so less bathing is required. If you must bathe your dog, consider a moisturizing shampoo or an oatmeal shampoo.

If your dog has an oily coat, then consider bathing him more frequently than a dog  with a dry coat.

A general rule of thumb is that if your dog is not dirty or you don’t have a specific reason to bathe him, them less bathing would be more appropriate.

So lets answer the question. How often should you bathe your dog? Given the facts listed above, give your dog a good bath every three months or so unless there is a reason to bathe him more often.

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