10 Points to remember while bathing your dog – Dr. Juhi Chauhan MVSc. (Veterinary Pathology)

  1. Pet parents should not bathe the puppies below 45 days of age.
  2. Owners should bathe the dogs once every month or at least once every 3 months.
  3. More frequent bathing should be avoided because over bathing strip away natural oils from the coat and result in dry and itchy skin.
  4. The skin pH of dog is different from human and shampoo or soap intended for human use may harm the skin of your pet.
  5. Medicated shampoos like anti-tick, anti-flea, anti-fungal shampoos should be used only when advised by the Veterinarians. Regular use of such shampoos may harm the skin of dogs and may develop resistance.
  6. Use dog shampoos free from harsh chemicals and colours.
  7. The temperature of the water should not be very warm or cool. It should be lukewarm.
  8. Comb and groom the dog before the bath and immediately rub him dry with a clean dry towel.
  9. Use a blower only if it is necessary. Do not use hot air for drying the hairs.
  10. Consult a Veterinarian if your dog smells bad, or the skin has rough patches, itching, hair loss, or parasites like tick and fleas on the body.