Things to Avoid When Washing Your Dog | pets

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Bathing your dog is definitely an affair of the heart. Here are some things to avoid when it comes to getting bath time right:

Not Drying Adequately Heavy double coat pets take a long time to dry, so avoid bathing them on frigid days, or invest in a dog dry vac that vacuums moisture away while you wash the dog’s hair.

water in the ears

Avoid spraying water in your dog’s ears and instead wipe them clean with a damp cloth. Excessive water in the ears creates the perfect moist and warm environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. The last thing you want to deal with is an ear infection. If your dog fidgets while bathing, you can block his ears with some cotton balls.

Excessive Bathing Your Dog Regular bathing might seem like a good idea, but there is also a risk of bathing your pup too often as it can dry out their skin. Sebum, a mixture of fatty acids, is the oily substance that is secreted into the hair follicles and onto the skin. It is the food that nourishes the skin to keep it soft and moist. Tallow also has antibiotic properties. Excessive washing of your dog with harmful soap will deprive the body of this essential fatty acid. As a result, your pet’s hair will become dry and dull, affecting the skin underneath.

Use human shampoo or dish soap

Just because it’s good enough for you doesn’t mean it’s good enough for your pup. Human shampoos and products are often high in acidity for canine skin and coat. The pH of your dog’s skin is different than your human skin and using your products can dry out their coat. Strong fragrances or chemicals are also harmful. Unless your dog has been rolling in toxins or oil-based juice, avoid dish soap.

This is an excerpt from the article “How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?” by Lily Velez — https://www.honestpaws.com/blog/how-often-wash-a-dog/

— HonestPaws.com

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