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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?

Having a clean dog is not just for aesthetic purposes but also to make sure that your furry friend is healthy and happy. Cleaning your dog will also make sure of your health and prevent unwanted diseases at bay. Another perk of keeping your dog clean is having your home smell good and preventing stinky couch and other furniture.

It is very important to keep your dog’s hygiene a top priority and make sure that they have a bathing and grooming schedule so that it will not slip past your busy schedule. Knowing how much grooming and bathing your dog needs will let you schedule ahead of time these sessions. Frequency depends on several factors such as breed, your environment, and your dog’s lifestyle and overall health.

How often should a dog be bathed?

The general rule for bathing dogs is every four weeks. This will help your dog maintain a healthy and hygienic coat and also help prevent them from smelling foul.

Having a regular bathing schedule is important for your dog’s overall health as it removes the buildup of debris and dirt that may cause skin diseases such as rashes, dandruff, shedding, and more. A dirty coat will also attract pests and insects that may go inside your homes and into your things that may affect your health too.

While four weeks is the general rule, you may need to wash your dog more often if they are actively playing outdoors and love to roll around dirt and mud.  Also if your dog’s fur is more susceptible to attracting debris and dirt and pests you may need to check more often to see if they need bathing.

Another thing to consider is the season. If you have winter, you need to take extra care to condition your dog’s skin to prevent itching because of the dry and cold air. Avoid exposing them to snow for long periods and make sure to dry their coat thoroughly, moisturize, and keep them warm afterward.

During hot and shedding season, you may also need to wash your dog frequently to help remove their shedding fur and the debris that may have tangled with it.

Ensure you use a gentle, dog friendly shampoo, and avoid over bathing your dog as it could also cause dryness and irritation. A good rule of thumb is to check if they are already stinky and that is an efficient indicator if they need a bath.

How often should a dog be groomed?

Grooming is another part of your dog’s hygiene that will help your dog be happy and healthy. The frequency for grooming your dog’s fur and nails depend on the speed of their growth. This may vary depending on your dog’s breed.

If your dog’s hair grows slower they will still need constant fur care by brushing it regularly. A visit to a professional groomer to have their fur and nails cut should be part of your dog’s care regimen maybe every couple of months or so to maintain a healthy and happy dog.