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How often should I bathe my dog?

asked 2017-03-01 17:16:10 -0500

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answered 2017-03-01 19:02:29 -0500

Every 4-6 weeks for most breeds, but more often if they get dirty or smelly

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answered 2017-03-01 18:49:34 -0500

Once a month, or every 2 weeks. It is not recommended to bathe every week or more often, because it may dry out your pups fur.

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answered 2017-03-01 18:48:33 -0500

Great question! This will vary depending on the activity level of your pet, their breed/coat, and your preference. Once every other month should suffice unless you have a dog with particularly oily skin or who is being treated with a prescription shampoo for a skin condition. If your dog goes for an adventure and ends up muddle, etc. you may need to do so more often. While a lot of people think that bathing a dog more often results in less of a "dog smell," it can sometimes dry a dogs skin out and cause it to overproduce oil to compensate- this can lead to "dog smell." My best advice would be to try every other month or so and see how it goes for your little buddy and then you can adjust. Some dogs may need bathed more or less often.

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