How Often Should My Dog Be Bathed?
Warmer weather is approaching and that means more pets will be running and playing outside. As our pet's outdoor activity increases, so does the opportunity for them to get dirty and pick up harmful parasites.
While most dogs will do just fine with a bath once a month, others may need more or less frequent baths based on their environment and type of coat.
- Dogs with oily coats (i.e., Basset Hounds) may need weekly baths.
- Short haired breeds with smooth coat (Beagle, Weimaraner) can do with less frequent baths.
- Breeds with water-repellant coats (Golden Retrievers, Great Pyrenees) should be bathed less often to preserve their natural oils.
- Dogs with thick, double coats (Samoyeds, Malamutes) do best with less frequent baths and more brushing.
Of course, if you dog loves to get dirty, swim, and spends a lot of time outside, a monthly bath is advised to get them clean and checked for parasites like fleas and ticks.