Bathing Your Dog

Bathing Your Dog
Dogs need to be regularly groomed and cared for to keep them physically healthy and happy. Their toenails need to be trimmed, their coat needs to be kept clean and brushed free of mats. Dogs also need their teeth regularly brushed to avoid cavities and disease. 

Bathing. The debate is that bathing your dog too often will cause the natural oils in its coat to diminish while others say that shampooing regularly will help to enhance and enrich the coat. Bathing your dog once every month, or two (if they are on the clean side) or every other week (if they get dirty more often) with a mild pet shampoo or tearless baby shampoo will do fine. Each dog varies and some are cleaner than others. You may need to bathe your dog more or less - depending on their type of coat and other factors When bathing your dog, avoid getting water in its ears. If this happens, be sure to use a soft washcloth and dry the ear completely. Water that seeps down into the ear may cause infection. Each time you bathe your dog, occasionally pay attention to its ears for about one week to ensure no redness, oozing or odor has developed. If you notice any signs of an ear infection, contact your veterinarian. Remember that dogs get cold easily so regardless of the season, be sure to wrap your dog in a nice, warm towel and then buff dry or use a hair dryer at a safe distance and on low heat until the coat is thoroughly dried. On bath day, you can expect your dog to want to cuddle more as a way of getting warm.

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