How Often To Bathe Your Pet?

How Often Should I Bathe My Pet?

Pet grooming is a big part of caring for your furry friend. While there are some general guidelines regarding how frequently you should bathe your pet, the real answer depends on the species, breed, and lifestyle of your pet. At Greenfield Veterinary Clinic, we have years of experience helping residents of Greenfield, WI, establish a pet grooming routine.

How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

A good rule of thumb is to wash your dog once per month. However, the exact timing will depend on the type of coat your dog has and how much they roll and play in the dirt. Generally, short-hair breeds do not need to be bathed as often and can go up to 3 months between baths. Long-haired dogs and pups that play outside may need to be bathed as often as every two weeks.

Rather than depending on a timeline, you can also look for signs that your dog needs a bath. Any time your dog smells has dirt or debris in their fur or is scratching excessively, it is likely time for a bath.

Regular baths not only remove obvious dirt and odors, but they also help to dislodge dead hair and reduce shedding. Baths also remove oils and help the skin breathe. Skipping baths can lead to clogged pores, skin infections, and dry itchy skin.

Beyond helping to keep your dog clean, baths are an important way to help you identify health concerns, such as lumps, bumps, infections, and allergies. If you discover any concerns while bathing your dog, make an appointment to discuss the issue with your veterinarian.

How Often Should I Bathe My Cat?

Unlike dogs, cats are surprisingly effective at cleaning themselves. Since felines lick and groom themselves regularly, indoor cats do not need frequent baths. This is good news since most cats dislike being submerged in water. However, cats still have regular grooming needs. Brushing your cat every week helps to remove dead hair and loosen any dirt. If your cat becomes dirty, wash the soiled area with a specially formulated shampoo.

Veterinarian in Greenfield

With a good pet grooming routine, bathing your pet can be an enjoyable bonding experience. Bathing your pet also allows you to look for signs and symptoms of health problems. If you have any questions about pet grooming or need the help of a qualified emergency veterinarian, call us at (414) 282-5230.


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