The Benefits of Bathing Your Dog
Most dog owners have been led to believe that they should only bathe their dog once a month or less. The reason given is that more frequent bathing will cause the dog’s skin or coat to dry out, become irritated, or otherwise cause harm. However, this is simply not true! There isn’t any research or studies that support this belief. In fact, the opposite is true. Bathing more often keeps your dog’s skin and coat healthy, clean, and free of parasites and allergens. Following is a bit more information about the benefits of bathing your dog.
· Use the correct shampoo. Never use shampoo meant for people and stay away from shampoos that contain chemicals. Read the labels! Look for a gentle, non-toxic, bio-degradable shampoo that has essential oils and all natural ingredients that you can pronounce and understand what they are. Avoid DEA, parabens, synthetic dyes, surfactants and synthetic perfumes or fragrance. Our favorite brands are Earth Bath and Skout’s Honor.
· Bathing your dog frequently – even several times a week – removes dirt, germs, urine, saliva and odors. If you or a family member has allergies, keeping your dog clean will help remove such triggers like dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens so that people will experience less allergic reactions. It’s interesting that many people remove their shoes every time they enter their home, yet they only bathe their dog once a month!
· If your dog is prone to allergies or some sort of skin condition, frequent bathing can be very helpful. Most owners find that their dogs itch much less when they are bathed often. According to holistic veterinarian Shawn Messonnier, “For dogs with bacterial, fungal or yeast infections, ringworm or mange, frequent bathing helps kill the infectious organisms and parasites. Dogs with bacterial and yeast infections rarely require antibiotic or anti-fungal drugs if their people can bathe them often. When dogs are bathed frequently using properly selected shampoos, they usually do not need conventional medications to treat their skin diseases. Even when they do, they require much less medication.”
· Always use warm, not hot water. Bathing with a hose in the summer is okay, but in general, dogs don’t like being squirted with cold water. If you can’t let your dog air-dry, be sure to set the blow dryer on low or use one designed for dogs.
Bathing can be a positive bonding experience between you and your dog. Many dogs enjoy their bath, just like they look forward to a walk. But if the idea of wrestling your dog into your shower or tub, getting yourself soaking wet, and watching your dog shake water droplets all over the bathroom is not your idea of fun, then take your dog to NIlla’s Tub!