5 Signs That Tell It’s Time Your Dog Needs A Bath


You understand that your dog needs a bath but do you exactly know when they should be bathed? How frequent should your dogs be washed and groomed? The frequency of dog grooming depends on several factors namely, the breed of the dog, their age, time on the outdoors, and the existence of health conditions.

If you’re not sure how often your dog needs a bath, refer to these following signs that tell you it’s time for your pooch to get cleaned up.

#1. The dog reeks after rolling in something.

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This is quite obvious and the number one reason why dogs need to be bathed right away. Dogs can be real goofballs and some of them have the habit of searching for smelly things and freely roll in them. Unfortunately, some smells take longer to disappear than others and in that case, you will need a strong deodorizing shampoo.

#2. Presence of dandruff

Dogs can get dandruff too and usually it is caused by an irritated, oily or dry skin. However, all of these dog skin conditions can be remedied with bathing using the right shampoo. Consult your veterinarian or groomer for the best advice on the right shampoo to use for your dog’s particular skin type.

A dog needs a bath every now and then.

#3. Flea, mites or tick infestation

Bathing and using the right shampoo are still effective ways in getting rid of external parasites successfully. Choose a shampoo that not only cleans and conditions your dog’s coat in a gentle way but also one that is excellent at killing off fleas and ticks. Talk to your veterinarian for best advice on the proper treatment.

#4. The doggy smell

Dogs emit a certain smell that makes them smell – well, like a dog. However, this doesn’t have to be something you should live with everyday. Coat odor can be caused by issues involving your dog’s ears, mouth, anal glands and feet. Dogs with a strong and persistent “doggy smell” should be taken to a veterinarian to be checked. If the doggy smell happens to be tolerable, choose a regular pH-balanced shampoo.

#5. Allergies

Bathing your dog who has itchy skin allergies can be soothing to them. Most cases, experts recommend oatmeal shampoos when it comes to dogs with skin allergies.

If you’ve determined the primary purpose for the shampoo that your dog needs, choose the right type of formula and keep it around. Your dog needs a bath every now and then so refer to these pointers and follow your instincts so you have a dog with a healthy, clean skin.