“How often should I bathe my dog?” “Can I bathe my dog too often?” These are questions I hear frequently. I even had one situation where a couple was arguing about the correct answer and came to me to be the final judge.
My answer is that you can bathe your dog as often as you need to bathe him to keep him clean.
This may be a new idea for some of you. You may have heard or been told that bathing your dog too often can strip the skin of oils and dry out the hair coat. In the past, we believed this to be true. We now know that recommendation is not necessarily in your dog’s best interest.
In fact, what we realize now is that bathing removes allergens (things that cause allergies) and other irritants from your dog’s skin. So more frequent bathing actually has benefits for both you and your dog. Frequent bathing helps keep your dog’s skin and hair coat healthier and helps make your dog more comfortable. It also helps keep your dog clean which is preferable if you’re one of the many people who allow your dog to rest on your furniture or share your bed.
How often is too often to bathe your dog? I frequently recommend bathing every 3-4 days if a dog has skin disease or seems itchy. If you need to bathe your dog that often to keep him clean, there’s nothing wrong with doing that. If you’re concerned about drying your dog’s skin or hair coat, use a skin and coat conditioner. There are many good ones available.
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