Water procedures for dogs: features and frequency of washing
Sooner or later, the new owner of a puppy or adult dog raises the question: how often to wash a pet, and how to do it? To date, there are several opinions on this subject. Some dog breeders believe that water procedures should be rare, while others insist that hygiene is paramount. Before taking one side or another, it is important to study the physiology of the dog, as well as familiarize yourself with how bathing should occur.
Features of washing dogs
Since not all dogs love water, washing can be a real stress for them. That is why the first bathing of the dog, which should form a positive experience in the animal, is of great importance. It is necessary that the washing procedure takes place in a comfortable environment with a person whom the dog knows and loves well. Ideally, this should be the immediate owner of the dog. Of great importance is the choice of detergent, water temperature, method of drying the wool, the time of the procedure. If you have doubts about the correctness of your actions, be sure to consult your veterinarian. This is especially important if the dog belongs to a finicky breed, or has any kind of chronic disease.
How often can a dog be washed?
The frequency of bathing a dog depends on many factors. First of all, the following points should be considered:
Season. In the summer season, almost all dogs walk outside more often than usual. In addition, hot weather contributes to increased sweating. Accordingly, the need for swimming is increasing. In the summer, it is recommended to bathe your pet in the fresh air every 2-4 weeks. In winter, this can be done much less frequently – about once every two months. In cold weather, washing the dog must take place indoors. After swimming, you need to thoroughly wipe the dog and let it dry completely before releasing it to the street.
Dog breed and coat length. In this case, we recommend that you follow the following rule: the more the dog’s hair resembles the hair of wild predators, the less often it needs to be bathed. This axiom is valid in almost all cases, because the longer and thinner the hairs on the dog’s body, the more thorough care they require. For example, Yorkshire terriers need to be bathed almost every week, but the East Siberian husky can be washed only a couple of times a year.
In addition to these points, the frequency of bathing is also determined by other factors. For example, the fact where the dog is kept is of great importance. If he lives in an apartment, then you need to bathe him more often. Yard dogs need less water treatment. The frequency of bathing also depends on your pet’s pastime, his skin condition, and the presence of parasites.
There are also situations in which water procedures are not recommended categorically. For example, you cannot bathe puppies under 4 months of age. Also, do not wash the dog, which is sick, or he was vaccinated the day before.
Proper dog wash
Bathing the dog begins with the purchase of detergent. In no case do not use shampoos intended for people – they can harm your pet. It is better to visit a veterinary pharmacy and buy a special tool. The modern market offers shampoos for different types of wool. In addition, they can be liquid, dry, and also in the form of a spray.
After you have purchased shampoo, decide on the location of the procedure. Ideally, this is a bathtub or shower with a deep tray. A small dog can be washed in a basin or in the washbasin. In the summer, if there is a tank of the appropriate size, the owners of private houses can arrange a swim also in the yard.
The procedure for washing a dog consists of a certain algorithm:
Pour water into the bath in an amount at which the liquid level will not be higher than the belly of the dog.
Measure the temperature of the water. Ideally, the thermometer should show a mark of 37-38 degrees.
If the dog has long hair, comb it before bathing.
Wet the dog. Start with the tail and back and end with the head. If necessary, use cotton swabs for the ears.
Dilute the right amount of shampoo with water and apply to the coat. Carefully process the entire surface of the body and feet. Do not forget about the area near the tail. This is where the dog’s anal glands are located, which need regular cleansing. Some owners prefer to have this procedure done by a doctor. Others clean the glands on their own. To do this, just press simultaneously on both sides of the anus. As a rule, this is enough to clear the glands of accumulated secretion.
Rinse thoroughly all shampoo. Use air conditioning if necessary.
Dry the animal with a towel. If the dog is not afraid of unfamiliar sounds, you can use a hairdryer for this purpose.
What is the danger of washing the dog too often?
Despite the fact that today there are special shampoos for dogs with a mild effect, you should not abuse the bathing procedure.