Taking care of our four-legged friends and making sure they are safe and healthy are our top concern. Grooming promotes your dog’s good health in terms of their skin, feet, ears and even their teeth.
How Often Do I Need To Wash My Dog?
Unless your dog has gotten into something smelly or dirty, they should be bathed no more than once a month. Bathing a dog too frequently will dry out the skin and strip the natural oils from their coat.
What Kind Of Shampoo Should I Choose?
Selecting a shampoo can be equally as important as how often you give your dog a bath. If your dog has dry, sensitive skin or the skin seems to be itchy or flaky, a moisturizing shampoo can be a smart choice. Look for products or ask your groomer to use any product that contains soothing ingredients such as vitamin E, aloe vera, honey or oatmeal.
For puppies (under a year old), there are specially formulated shampoos that can be a great choice for your dog. Just as baby shampoo is recommended for infants, puppy shampoos are typically milder and can be less likely to cause skin or eye irritations than shampoos formulated for adult pets.
What About In Between Baths?
In between full baths, there are waterless shampoos and wipes that can be used to freshen up your dogs. Pre-moistened pet wipes can be convenient for targeting specific areas, such as paws, ears, eyes, bottoms and even teeth. Sprays and foams are waterless options as well that can be ideal for your pet during cold weather. These products, however, can dry out your dog’s skin so use them as needed only and be sure to check the packaging labels to make sure you are choosing the right option for your pet’s specific needs.
My Dog’s Fur Gets Matted So Easily. What Do I Do?
Matting is most common in long hair dogs during seasonal shedding if the excessive hair is not removed on a regular basis. Regular and frequent grooming (every 6 – 8 weeks) is absolutely necessary to prevent mats, but also to keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy. The dangers of matting can be extremely painful to your dog. Matting starts at the skin, so brushing only the top coat will not eliminate the problem.
All of these services are offered at your local Central Bark grooming salon. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to talk to us. We are happy to help. Let us help you ensure your dog a long and healthy life.