Washing dogs: How much hygiene do you need?

So that dogs and their owners feel comfortable, it may be necessary to wash your four-legged friend from time to time. However, excessive hygiene is unnecessary; it can also be harmful. How often is bathing healthy?

Many dogs love digging up the garden, bathing in muddy water, or rolling in the dirt. Your pet’s fur has a natural protective layer that is water and dirt-repellent. However, it may be necessary to remove the ground in the case of very heavy soiling. However, you should proceed very carefully and, above all, not overdo it with hygiene.

Don’t wash your dog too often.

No rule of thumb says how often dogs can be bathed. In general, however, only wash your dog when necessary. Under no circumstances should you put him in the bathtub every week. Because too frequent cleaning destroys the natural protective layer of the dog’s coat – mainly if you use shampoo to wash your four-legged friend. It is usually sufficient to rub your dog with a damp towel for light soiling. To not irritate the skin unnecessarily, however, you should proceed carefully. Slight incrustations can usually be removed with lukewarm water.

Be careful with shampoos.

If your dog is filthy or smells bad, you can also give it a proper bath from time to time. However, it would help if you got a special dog shampoo for this. Dog care products should be free of perfumes so as not to irritate the skin unnecessarily! Dry your darling well after the bath. Especially in winter or with sensitive dogs, you should ensure that the fur is dry again before the next walk. Otherwise, your dog runs the risk of catching a cold or developing inflammation of the bladder or kidneys.

Dry shampoo as an alternative

Dry shampoo can be used for dogs as an alternative to washing or bathing with shampoo. Powder this onto the affected or soiled areas of your bastard, let it work for a while and then brush it out along with the dirt. In general, however, always try first whether the ground can be brushed out without (chemical) tools – your dog’s coat will thank you.

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