Is Bathing a Dog Too Often Harmful?

by Victoria Lee Blackstone
    Bathing your dog too often can dry out his skin.

    Bathing your dog too often can dry out his skin.

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    If you have a pooch who loves to splash in mud, jump in dirty water or roll around in just about anything, he's bound to have some odor. While you may be tempted to get him in the bathtub for a good wash after every jaunt outside, too much washing strips away the natural oils in his coat, leading to dry, itchy skin. Luckily, you don’t have to deal with a stinky dog. Bathing alternatives can take away the stink.

    Bath Time and Alternatives

    If your dog does not suffer from skin conditions, a good rule of thumb is to keep bath time to no more than once a month. Many dogs need only a handful of baths a year. Ask your veterinarian how often is good for your dog. For days when your dog walks in with a fresh, pungent smell only days after a bath, consider sprinkling some baking soda into his coat, massaging and brushing it out. In place of baking soda, you may use commercial dry shampoo. If your pooch is dirty, doggie wipes let you wipe away the dirt and odor without completely washing your dog. Both of these alternatives help keep your pooch fresh and clean between baths without ridding him of his natural oils.

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    About the Author

    Victoria Lee Blackstone is a horticulturist who propagates heirloom and native plants for her nursery. She has authored research-based scientific/technical papers, plant care sheets and magazine and newspaper articles. Blackstone studied botany and microbiology at Clemson University and is a former University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.

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