How often do you bathe your dog? Me I don’t Saber has had two baths in his whole 3 years of life. Once when he was a puppy and once when he decided to cover himself in horse crap while out on a hike in the country.
He hates bathing and I hate doing it, he swims in the sea and in rivers and pools. He never smells doggy or even that wet dog smell.
Bathing can be detrimental to your dog!
“In general, dogs are bathed more often than they need to be,” Dr Hilton says.ABC Life
But unless your dog has a skin condition or other health problem, it’s probably not causing much harm.
“If I see a normal healthy dog, they can wash their dog as often as they like,” Dr Crothers says.
I use coconut oil occasionally on Sabers coat when grooming him (Which I do everyday for 10 minutes or so) and I sometimes use Showsheen Bath In a Bottle when he has picked up some dirt or grime sticking to his coat. Which fortunately isn’t very often.
When he does get covered in mud or dirt of some description, it has fallen off him by the time we get home.
Keep in mind that in the wild, feral dogs generally don’t bathe (and they definitely don’t use shampoo).ABC Life
So when we wash our dogs, it’s mostly because we want to keep them from muddying up our homes, particularly after they roll around in the dirt, says Dr Crothers.
“Or some dogs develop a doggy smell and people want to remove that, or they get dusty or dirty,” Dr Hilton says.
Are we over-bathing our dogs?
Well some dogs really are getting too much bath time, especially dogs with double or oily coats meant to protect them from the weather.
If you have a regular, healthy dog without a skin condition, “you actually don’t have to wash your dog ever,” says Samantha Crothers, a Melbourne-based vet at a specialist centre.ABC Life
For these type of dogs such as German Shepherds, Huskies etc. Over-bathing these kind of dogs could strip too much oil from the skin.
Can I use Human Shampoo To Bathe My Dog
With so many dog products on the market, you may wonder what’s essential and what you can do without. For example, do dogs really need their very own dog shampoo? Why can’t you just use human shampoo on your dog? The short answer is, don’t. And here are some reasons why.
Acidity and Alkalinity: The Ph Balance
Dogs’ skin and human skin have very different Ph balances. Skin has a thin layer called the acid mantle, which protects the topmost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, from contaminants such as viruses and bacteria. It also keeps the body hydrated by absorbing water and reducing evaporation. When we bathe, the acid mantle is washed away. To counter this, most soaps and shampoos have ingredients that moisturize and protect the skin until the acid mantle renews itself. In order for the acid mantle to do its job, the proper balance of acidity and alkalinity is crucial. This is called the Ph balance.
Human skin has a normal Ph balance of 5.5-5.6, which is on the acidic side. Dogs, on the other hand, have a normal Ph balance of 6.2-7.4, which is more neutral. Using a human shampoo on dogs disrupts the acid mantle, leaving your dog vulnerable to parasites, viruses, and bacteria. It also makes his skin feel dry and flaky, which can lead to repeated scratching and abrasions. This makes it easy for bacteria to invade.
How Often Do You Bathe Your Dog
So the question of how often do you bathe your dog should make you question whether you are in fact over bathing fluffy.
If your dog has any form of skin disease or an allergy, it’s important you consult your vet before washing your pooch
For dogs with some forms of skin disease, the washing process can dry out the dog’s skin and should be avoided.
Brushing your dog can most times be enough
So how often do you bathe your dog, let us know in the comments section…