Most dogs would much rather skip their bath time, but bathing plays an extremely important role in the health of your best friend’s coat and skin, helping to keep him/her clean of dirt and parasites. And just as well, there is the added benefit of making your best friend even more pleasant to be around.
How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog
While mans-best-friend doesn’t require a daily scrub like we do, they do need a regularly scheduled bath. But the question is, how regular does their bath need to be? Well, that depends on several factors, such as the dog’s environment and type of coat.
Here are a couple of guidelines:
- Bathing once a month works pretty well for most dogs.
- Dogs’ with oily coats, such as Alaskan Malamutes, Labrador Retrievers and Basset Hounds, may need a bath as often as once a week.
- Many short-haired breeds with smooth coats, such as Beagles, can do just fine with less frequent baths.
Of course though, if your dog loves to spend time outside rolling around in the dirt and who-knows-what-else, then you may want to bathe them more frequently.
Where Should You Bathe Your Dog
Owners of small dogs have a rather large advantage: they can just plop their dog in their sink or laundry tub if they have one. If you can not fit your dog in a sink, the next best place to set them is your own bathtub. Another option would be to buy a portable doggie tub. Some pet and grooming stores rent out dog tubs and towels.
Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Tub
The bottom of tubs are rather slippery, so putting a towel on the bottom of tub will help them feel and actually be more secure in the tub. It gives them something to keep a grip on.
If you’re dog is nervous or afraid in the bath, you should probably have a helper to hold him/her steady. Having a helper is really useful, because that is someone who can soothe your dog and give him/her a treat or two for being good in the tub.
What Water Temperature To Use
Since a dog’s skin is different from our own, hot water can burn them more easily. A dog’s bath water should never be hotter than what you would run for for a human baby. Use lukewarm water. Keep the water even cooler for large-breed dogs, who can overheat easily.
Types of Shampoo
Dogs with Normal Hair:
For the fortunate dogs with a healthy skin and coat, your need are quite simple. A pH-balanced formula designed to clean and shine. Look for an all-purpose dog shampoo with all natural ingredients like chamomile or oatmeal. Those work just fine for dogs with normal hair.
Damaged or Itchy Skin:
Some dogs do suffer from sensitive skin, seasonal allergies, hot spots and or skin infections. Conditions like those can wreak absolute havoc on your dog’s skin and coat. If your dog has itchy or damaged skin, he/she can benefit from shampoos that use ingredients like hydrocortisone and soothing oat protein.
Puppies generally have a more sensitive skin and coat than older dogs and are less used to bathing. Therefore, since puppies have more senesitive coats and skins, it is recommended you use a shampoo that is created exclusively for puppies, in a tearless formula to ensure that their bath time is a pleasant experience.
How To Rinse Properly
It is really important that you make sure to rinse all the soap and residue off your dog, which can take quite some time with a long or densely coated dog. Shampoo that dries on your dog’s coat and skin can be irritating to the dog, and it will get matted and dirty quickly as well. So take your time and make sure that you have rinsed thoroughly. If for some reason, you need to lather your dog’s head between his/her ears, tilt his/her head up and backwards and rinse.
How To Dry Off Your Dog
Hot air from a human blow-dryer is too hot for your dog’s skin. Either use a towel, let them air-dry or blow-dryer designed for dogs: it’s lower temperatures are better suited for dog’s because it was made for dogs.
You likely already own some towels. And this method is one most people would prefer. All that you need to do is place a soft, absorbent bath towel over your dog’s back gently rub the dog’s coat to absorb the water. You can rub quickly and vigorously, just don’t rub too hard. As the towel becomes damp, have a second dry towel nearby for when you need to exchange towels.
This method works best for dogs with long or thick coats, like Siberian Huskies. However, a blow dryer should only be used on a dog who is not afraid of the dryer. As stated above earlier, make sure to use a blow-dryer designed for dogs.
How To Remove Tear Stains With Colloidal Silver
When using Colloidal Silver to clean tear stains off you dogs face, start by applying a little of the substance to a cotton ball and gently wipe his/her face. Due to the antimicrobial properties of Colloidal Silver, any demerits or opportunistic yeast infection stand no chance.
How To Clean Your Dog’s Ears
Just like with a humans ears, you never ever want to use cotton swabs to clean your dogs ears because they can hurt your dogs ears. Instead, use some cotton balls or wrap you fingers in some gauze as it. You may also want to use some gloves when cleaning your dogs ears, but it’s also okay if you just wash your hands if no gloves are available.
The most important tool fro cleaning a dogs ears though, is the ear rinse. You will want one that is completely safe for your dog, but you also want it to be able to get the job done. Try to find one that doesn’t have any antibiotics, steroids, alcohol or toxic material of any kind.
When cleaning your dog’s ears, you want to start on the outside and work yourself in. But only to the point where you start to feel resistance. If you try to push further in, you may damage you friends ear, so be on the side caution.
Wet a cotton ball with your ear rinse and start with wiping the outer portion of their ear first. Then wet a new cotton ball for their inner ear. It’s best to do this once a week.
If the cotton balls or gauze you are using come out to be especially dirty, you may want to think about scheduling an appointment with your dog’s vet just o make sure that everything is okay.