So maybe your dog just got done playing in the dirt, maybe he had a fun time with some friends in the park, maybe he went out in the rain and he has dirty paws, maybe he had been playing a lot outside and is a little smelly…it’s time for a bath!
We want to make sure that if you do give your dog a bath at home, please do not use your shampoo on your pet! Most of those shampoos have fragrances and some may have color added to the shampoo. Your dog has sensitive skin and cannot take the ingredients that we are able to use ourselves. Your dog will get scratchy and may even develop rashes that would require further vet visits to remedy. With that said, you leave your dog more open to bacteria growth, viruses and other parasites if you continue to bathe your dog with your shampoo.
The thing to do is to get specific shampoo that is made for dogs. Most dog shampoos take into account the necessary pH levels needed and have on their bottle that it is “pH-balanced for dogs.” Look for that. Also, when looking for the right shampoo, ensure that the ingredients are all-natural. Read the label on the bottle. Check for any artificial ingredients before you buy it because you do not want to use that! Artificial ingredients can be the cause of allergic reactions and other discomforts for your dog. You can also call us at the clinic and Dr. Adney or one our trained staff can let you know the recommendation for your dog.
Most shampoos have directions on how to use them. Additionally, they do not require that you use very much at all in order to get the job done.
Your dog does not need a bath every day. However, when you do want to give your dog a bath, use the right stuff so your dog will feel clean and happy afterwards! You will be happy you did too. Have fun!