Water treatments for dogs: features and frequency of washing
Sooner or later, before a new owner of a puppy or adult dog, the question arises: how often to wash a pet, and how exactly to do it? To date, there are several opinions on this score. Some dog breeders believe that water procedures should be rare, others claim that hygiene is paramount. Before you take one or the other side, it is important to study the physiological characteristics of the dog, as well as familiarize yourself with exactly how swimming should occur.
Features of washing dogs
Since not all dogs love water, washing can be a real stress for them. That is why the first bathing of the dog is of great importance, which should form a positive experience in the animal. It is necessary that the washing procedure takes place in a comfortable atmosphere with a person whom the dog knows and loves well. Ideally, it should be the immediate owner of the dog. Of great importance is the choice of means for washing, water temperature, method of drying wool, the time of the procedure. If you have doubts about the correctness of their actions, be sure to consult with a veterinarian. This is especially important if the dog belongs to a finicky breed, or has any chronic diseases.
How often can I wash my dog?
The frequency of bathing a dog depends on many factors. First of all it is necessary to consider the following points:
Season. In the summer season, almost all dogs are walking more often than usual. In addition, hot weather contributes to increased sweating. Accordingly, the need for bathing increases. In the summer, it is recommended to bathe your pet in the open air every 2-4 weeks. In winter, it can be done much less frequently – about once every two months. In cold weather, washing the dog must necessarily occur indoors. After bathing, wipe the dog thoroughly and let it dry completely before letting it go outside.
Dog breed and coat length. In this case, we recommend following the rule: the more the dog’s hair resembles the hair of wild predators, the less often it needs to be bathed. This axiom works in almost all cases, because the longer and thinner the hairs on a dog’s body, the more careful care they require. For example, Yorkshire terriers need to be bathed almost every week, but the East Siberian husky can be washed only a couple of times a year.
In addition to these points, the frequency of swimming is also determined by other factors. For example, the fact where the dog is held is of great importance. If he lives in an apartment, then he should be bathed more often. Domestic dogs need less water treatment. The frequency of bathing also depends on the pastime of your pet, the condition of his skin, the presence of parasites.
There are also situations in which water procedures are not strongly recommended. For example, you can not bathe puppies under the age of 4 months. Also, do not wash the dog, which is sick, or he was vaccinated the day before.
Proper dog wash
Bathing a dog begins with the purchase of detergent. In no case do not use shampoos designed for people – they can cause harm to your pet. Better visit a veterinary pharmacy and buy a special tool. Modern market offers shampoos for different types of wool. In addition, they can be liquid, dry, and also in the form of a spray.
Once you have purchased the shampoo, determine the location of the procedure. Ideally, this is a bath or shower with a deep pan. A small dog can be washed in the basin or in the sink. In the summer, in the presence of a tank of the appropriate size, the owners of private houses can arrange bathing also in the yard.
The procedure for washing a dog consists of a specific algorithm:
Pour water into the bath in an amount at which the liquid level is no higher than the dog’s belly.
Measure the temperature of the water. Ideally, the thermometer should show a mark of 37-38 degrees.
If the dog has long hair, comb it before bathing.
Wet the dog. Start with the tail and back and finish with your head. If necessary, use cotton swabs for the ears.
Dilute the required amount of shampoo with water and apply to the coat. Carefully clean the entire surface of the body and feet. Do not forget about the area near the tail. This is where the anal glands of the dog are located, which need regular cleansing. Some owners prefer to do this procedure with a doctor. Others clean the glands themselves. To do this, just press simultaneously from both sides of the anus. As a rule, this is enough to clear the glands from the accumulated secret.
Thoroughly wash off all shampoo. Use air conditioning if necessary.
Dry the animal with a towel. If the dog is not afraid of unfamiliar sounds, you can use a hairdryer for this purpose.