You might ask yourself, why and how often dog bath? Dogs should be bathed as rarely as possible and as often as necessary. The dog is naturally equipped so that he does not need a bath. His coat protects him from environmental influences in the best possible way.
Multi-layered coat structure with undercoat and top coat are dirt repellent by a greasy film and conduct away wetness. The dog’s skin also has a protective layer of fat or talc.
Puppies should not be bathed at all, because their coat and skin protective layer is not yet properly built up, it dries out very quickly and begins to flake. So fungal infections and parasites have an easy game.
Dog bath in winter?
Only in exceptions! In the cold season, dog baths are not recommended, especially for short-haired dog breeds. The coat dries only slowly, and the protective layer of fat needs its time to regenerate.
Dog breeds with only topcoat like poodles or shorthaired breeds with little topcoat like whippets have very sensitive skin, which has enough to deal with bad weather in winter.
If the misfortune happens and your four-legged friend has thrown himself in the mud in winter, it is better to dry him with absorbent dog towels. Then remove the dirt with a comb, brush and, if necessary, a lot of patience.
Long-haired dog breeds, however, need to be bathed from time to time, even in winter, to remove fine micro-sand from the coat and prevent matting.
However, it is best to bathe your dog only in the evening. That way he has the whole night to dry his coat. Read more about this in the Fressnapf guide “Coat care for dogs”.
Is bathing my dog dangerous?
- There are hardly any dogs that enjoy being stuffed into the bathtub. In addition, bath your dog, you may be doing yourself a favor, the animal usually not.
- The greasy film has an important function: it protects the dog’s skin from environmental influences such as cold and wetness.
- Bathe your dog too often and then with the wrong shampoo, you will harm the health of the animal. Dogs have a natural greasy film that protects them. If you bathe the animal and also shampoo it vigorously, the dog’s natural acid mantle will be destroyed. It takes several weeks for the protective layer to regenerate.
- If you want to bathe your dog, you should therefore do so in summer. Otherwise, you quickly run the risk of your dog getting sick. Dogs can also catch a cold.
Tip 1: Prepare the tub well
Before you start, you should provide a little grip and put a rubber mat in the tub. This way, your four-legged friend won’t slip off. By the way, a baby tub will do for small dogs. Set the water temperature to a comfortable warmth and keep a mild dog shampoo on hand if necessary.
Puppies in particular should not be made to take an unnecessary bath if at all possible. At the earliest in the 12th week, you can put them in the tub – but only if it really has to be.
Tip 2: Be careful when showering
When bathing dogs, you must be especially careful around the eyes and nose. Dogs are extremely sensitive in these areas. Tip: When rinsing, start with the back and sides first and then work your way to the head. If you have used a dog shampoo, you should wash it out very thoroughly. Starting at the head, thoroughly rinse out any residue of shampoo in the coat. Make sure that no shampoo gets into the ears in the process.
Tip 3: Dry properly
After the shower, you can still rub your dog dry in the tub with a towel. But be careful: otherwise you might damage the hair. A tip for the summer: Let your dog shake out his coat outside and then dry it in the sun. In winter, your now clean friend can lie comfortably in front of the heater. If your dog does not mind, you can also help with the hair dryer. However, many animals are afraid of the loud noise.
Best is, you ask your veterinary.