▼Every time you take your pet dog out for a walk, you see it roll all over the body, do you really want to give it a good bath every day?
No! Because the sweat glands of dogs are not as developed as those of humans, there will be no sweat odor on the body. In fact, it is not necessary to bathe the dog frequently every day!
Why can't wash every day?
▲The dog's hair protection layer is composed of thick outer coat and short and soft down, which can resist severe cold.
The sebaceous gland secretions can increase the coat color but more importantly, its waterproof function. The surface of the skin is a hard lining cell death layer and is often renewed by cells at its base. Underneath it is an insulating layer of fat.
However, the surface structure of the dog's skin does not have the 12-16 layers of humans, but only 2-5 layers. Although the dog has thick hair for protection, the skin structure is weaker and thinner than ours, and the tissue structure is single and easy to damage.
If you bathe your dog frequently or every day, it will wash off the protective oil on the dog's skin, which will not only easily cause skin damage, but also make the hair rough, which may make the dog's resistance worse and easy to get skin disease, it will also become very susceptible to bacteria, parasites or viruses, and this oil is naturally a little bit fishy!
So don't give your dog a bath for three or two days or every day.
How often to wash
▲ How often should a dog take a bath? In order to achieve a balance between maintaining cleanliness and maintaining the protective oils of the dog's skin, the frequency of dog bathing varies from once a week to once a month.
The frequency of bathing your dog will mainly depend on the dog's body odor and the frequency of going out. Other evaluation indicators include season and skin condition, coat quality, dog breed, living environment, etc.
We have sorted out 3 common bathing frequencies for your reference if you want to wash your dog's fragrance!
Take a bath at most once a week: in spring and summer, the weather is hot and humid, and dogs who go out every day or frequently, have a heavy body odor or have oily skin should take a bath every 1 to 2 weeks, but no more than a week at most For once, avoid skin lack of oil protection!
Take a bath about half a month: In autumn and winter, the weather is dry, and dogs who don’t go out very often, have little body odor, or have dry skin, can take a bath every 15-30 days. At other times, use a comb to comb the hair more often! (Belewe has specially designed for you, launching a special dry shampoo for pets, so that you no longer have to worry about bathing your pet in autumn and winter https://belewepet.com/products/no-rinse-foam )
For adult dogs with longer, softer hair, or more oil secretion, such as samoyeds, alaskan dogs, golden retrievers, bulldogs and other common dogs with longer hair or heavier body odor, we need to brush and take a bath to prevent excess oil and tangles from causing your dog to develop itchy skin and other issues. But preferably not more than once a week. (Belewe focuses on pet skin health, and launches special pet shampoo for dogs and cats for common pet skin problems https://belewepet.com/collections/all )
If the dog gets very dirty after going out, steps on or gets on the stool and urine, you can do local cleaning at any time. Even if you want to clean the whole body, it is best not to rinse it directly. Use Belewe waterless shampoo and wipe with a damp towel. , or spray Belewe Deodorant Spray directly and dry with a dry towel as soon as possible after wiping.
The dog's ears usually get water after taking a bath. Be sure to clean the ears by the way, because the dog's ears are more likely to be dirty than the body, and it is easy to cause ear mites or otitis if not cleaned.
Under what circumstances can not take a bath
▲In the following situations, we do not recommend your dog to take a bath!
Newly moved and unvaccinated puppies:
Dogs who have just arrived at their new home, even if they have been fully vaccinated, do not rush to take a bath immediately, and dogs who have not been vaccinated can not take a bath, because the dog's physical resistance will be very poor during the period of vaccination. , bathing is very likely to make them sick.
The reason why dogs who have just arrived at their new home cannot be bathed immediately is to prevent the dog's stress response from causing a rapid decline in immunity. The so-called "stress response" refers to the imbalance of electrolytes in the body of small animals under the influence of factors such as changes in living environment, food conversion, weather and temperature changes, excessive excitement or exhaustion, which lead to adverse reactions in the body.
Dogs who have just finished exercising and eating:
After the dog is exercising vigorously, the blood is still scattered in the limbs. If you take a bath for your dog directly at this time, the blood will not be able to return to the heart and brain in time, resulting in insufficient blood supply. The consequences are quite serious, so your dog must rest for a while after exercising, and then give your dog a bath!
And a dog who has just eaten will have an enlarged stomach. If you take a bath rashly for your dog, the blood vessels on the skin will become enlarged, resulting in only a small amount of blood flowing to the stomach, which is very likely to cause indigestion in the dog, causing your dog to faint or even die!
Sick and prenatal lactating female dogs:
A sick dog has a very weak body resistance at this time. If you rashly bathe the dog, the dog is very likely to aggravate the disease or catch a cold. It is not recommended for pregnant and lactating female dogs to take a bath.
Do not use human body wash for dogs:
Dog skin is weakly alkaline, while human skin is weakly acidic. Therefore, do not directly use human shampoo or body wash to bathe the dog.
Because the body wash is designed to neutralize the pH of the skin, while the body wash or shampoo designed for humans is generally alkaline, it designed for humans is generally alkaline, which will wash off the oil used to protect the skin on the dog, causing a series of problems such as dry skin, itching, allergies, dandruff, etc., reducing the skin's immunity and making The skin is fragile, which leads to various skin diseases.
Shaved hair is really cool?
▲Pet cats and dogs are not covered with sweat glands like human skin, and their skin itself has no sweat glands.
Dogs don't have sweat glands on their bodies, but on the soles of their feet. They dissipate heat by sweating the soles of their feet and by gasping for air by sticking out their tongues. Shaving the dog's hair does not have an effective effect on helping the dog to lower its body temperature, and even losing the protection of the hair makes the dog more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes and colonized by reptiles. At the same time, direct sunlight makes the skin more prone to heat stroke.
Facts have proved that the body temperature of the shaved part is higher than that of the unshaved part because of the direct sunlight.
In places with high temperature and high humidity, even when exercising indoors, shaved dogs are more likely to develop eczema than hairy dogs. When taking dogs outdoors, those with the right length of fur are more likely to prevent UV sunburn, and are more likely to prevent mosquito bites and parasite invasion. Tips: In summer, you must deworm your pets regularly, especially those who love to go out for walks and drill in the grass!
The correct approach should be "you can cut it short but don't shave it all"!
- Shortening will help the skin surface to cool down faster
- It still has the effect of protecting the skin and heat insulation
- Protect the skin from direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays
- Isolate dust and dirt from direct contact with the skin
- Reduce the amazing amount of hair loss in the changing seasons
- Prevent bacterial skin diseases caused by dampness
Under normal circumstances, only dogs and cats with skin diseases or particularly severe knots need to shave all their hair! So don't think that shaving is to help dogs cool down or even prevent heatstroke, this is just a human imagination!
- After combing the dog's hair, we can directly take the dog into the bathroom and use the shower head to wash, or put the dog into the water basin or bucket with the head and neck out of the water.
- It is best to choose to take a shower at noon, and try to avoid the weather with sudden temperature changes and large temperature differences. The water temperature is about 38 degrees, and in summer, you can directly give the dog a cold shower. You can put cotton balls in your dog's ears to prevent water from getting into the ears. If your dog doesn't dry out after a bath, it can cause ear mites and otitis.
- We first use a hair removal comb to help the dog comb all the floating hair on his body (some dogs will lose a lot of hair), then wet the dog with water, and then use the shower gel after the dog is soaked(avoid the mouth, eyes and nose), and then help the dog to rub the foam up and down. Not only along the hair, but also against the hair. This will remove the dirt from the roots of the dog's hair!
- When cleaning the dog's head, be careful not to get water and body wash into the mouth, ears and eyes. After the dog's body produces a lot of foam, we let the whole foam stay on the dog for about 5 minutes. Let the shower gel go for a cleaning, descaling and sterilizing effect.
Finally we rinsed the dog with water. The whole process is actually similar to washing our hair ourselves. The dog actually enjoys the process of rubbing the bath, as if you are massaging and petting it! Then we dry the dog all over with an absorbent towel!
Small dogs can use a hair dryer, and medium and large dogs are best to get a water blower. Just help the dog dry all over the body, be sure to dry it, otherwise the dog should suffer from skin diseases and colds!