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Kimberly
13th April 2006, 04:24 PM
Hello All!

How often is recommended for bathing a puppy (mine is 5 months) ... I've read once/month and I've also read once/week is OK. I gave mine a bath 2 weeks ago and would like to again soon (maybe tonight) b/c some friends are coming this weekend and he's smelling a tad doggy (prob due to the dog run!). Ok to bathe or should I hold off another week or two???

Linda
13th April 2006, 04:45 PM
Hello All!

How often is recommended for bathing a puppy (mine is 5 months) ... I've read once/month and I've also read once/week is OK. I gave mine a bath 2 weeks ago and would like to again soon (maybe tonight) b/c some friends are coming this weekend and he's smelling a tad doggy (prob due to the dog run!). Ok to bathe or should I hold off another week or two???

I bath every two weeks, I can't stand that doggy smell.
I know some people who have puppies that bath them every week.
I would just use a puppy shampoo which is very gentle that is what I use
and I Dudley is almost 2 1/2. :rah:

joanna
13th April 2006, 04:45 PM
I normally wash mine once a month but I find that a really good brushing is good in between.

Linda
13th April 2006, 04:47 PM
I brush Dudley every day too, but now that the weather is getting nicer
he is outside more and of course it is still a bit mucky I hate that smell.
I have bought fresheners too, but he sleeps in our bed so I prefer
him to be fresh.

joanna
13th April 2006, 04:51 PM
I find that Twinkle is much smellier than Daisy Boo and I do have to resist the urge to throw her in the bath more often. Daisy Boo has a lovely spicy smell and any dirt seems to roll off her. Twinkle is just a mucky pup icon_star

Loving the star emoticon for Twinkle :D

Kimberly
13th April 2006, 04:56 PM
i know what you mean about the doggy smell! Bailey sleeps w me too ... so its nice to have him fresher! I do have a puppy shampoo, so it sounds like I'm OK to give another bath ... its been 2 weeks :lol:

Linda
13th April 2006, 04:58 PM
i know what you mean about the doggy smell! Bailey sleeps w me too ... so its nice to have him fresher! I do have a puppy shampoo, so it sounds like I'm OK to give another bath ... its been 2 weeks :lol:

Go For It, nothing nicer than a beautiful fresh puppy. :jump:

Claire
13th April 2006, 05:00 PM
I normally wash them when they smell - which is 3-4 months, mine are quite clean (Woody is white and it brushes straight off), except for Busta's belly were wee gets on it - but if we are out walking and its wet normally washes itself - but if there is a special occassion they do get a bath.

Ste
13th April 2006, 05:09 PM
Cody gets a bath every 6 weeks or so, she's much too lady like to get dirty unless i drag her through the playing fields. Gavin terrier is another story, i'm sure i could bring him to a desert and he'd still find a mucky puddle to wallow in.

Jen
13th April 2006, 05:27 PM
Abbey is bathed every 6-8 weeks unless she gets really muddy. Most of the time we're able to just rinse off her feet or feathers. She's brushed a lot though, so that also helps.

Kimberly
13th April 2006, 05:38 PM
is it bad for the puppy to get a bath more often ??

Linda
13th April 2006, 06:40 PM
is it bad for the puppy to get a bath more often ??
Just my opinion, I have been bathing Dudley since he was a puppy almost ever 2 to 3 weeks.
Sorry we have harsh winters in Canada, and I cannot stand the doggy smell he does not seem bothered by it in the least.
He actually enjoys it, as he knows that he is getting a special treat after
being groomed and he is very very co-operative.

Can't see how it could harm him if you are using Puppy Shampoo, like
I mentioned I am still using Puppy shampoo because I bath him so often but I did just order some Pet Silk Products from the US which we cannot
get here in Canada.

Moviedust
13th April 2006, 07:59 PM
is it bad for the puppy to get a bath more often ??

With really frequently bathing, dogs can develop skin irritation and dry skin. Some breeds are more prone to this issue than others; my parents' lab/shepherd mix would get flaky skin, like dandruff, with frequent bathing. Once a week is probably a bit much. A bath every two weeks would probably be on the frequent side, but each dog is probably a bit different.

Linda
13th April 2006, 08:44 PM
is it bad for the puppy to get a bath more often ??

I know someone with a Cavalier whom is a puppy who baths them every
week.
I could not see Dudley going 4 weeks without a bath.
I have young children in my home and I would not want them touching
a stinky dog.
Do you blow dry or dry naturally ???????????????????????

Kimberly
13th April 2006, 09:30 PM
I blow dry ... maybe in summer I'd dry natural but it's still cool out here in New York, so I used my hair dryer last bath :)

Linda
13th April 2006, 09:44 PM
I blow dry ... maybe in summer I'd dry natural but it's still cool out here in New York, so I used my hair dryer last bath :)

I use the blow dryer too, I don't see anything wrong with bathing him
every 2 to 3 weeks.
You could just wet him too if you are worried about it.
Dudley's skin is fine I also use the Vanilla Extract Mix.

Karlin
13th April 2006, 09:52 PM
With really frequently bathing, dogs can develop skin irritation and dry skin. Some breeds are more prone to this issue than others; my parents' lab/shepherd mix would get flaky skin, like dandruff, with frequent bathing. Once a week is probably a bit much. A bath every two weeks would probably be on the frequent side, but each dog is probably a bit different.

I would agree with this. I only bathe mine every 3 months or so unless they roll in something. If there's a strong dog smell that is distasteful after only 2 weeks, I'd probably have a talk with the vet just to make sure there isn;t something causing a smell, like ear or anal gland issues.

Most vets will say anything more than every month is really too often -- it strips important oils off both their coat and their skin causing both to dry out. A nice glossy coat comes from those oils, daily brushing to spread them through the hair shaft. I've found a good brushing takes out 99% of dirt as well -- andf mine are out in mucky puddles quite often. Just let them dry then give them a good brushing and honestly I cannot tell they were ever in mud at all. I have a pretty sensitive sense of smell as well and cannot smell any doggy smell off the dogs -- i do ask firends who would be very honest and they can;t smell anything off the dogs either. Others will say you could wash weekly as long as you are using a proper dog shampoo. This is really important -- a human shampoo is *20 times* more alkaline that a dog shampoo should be. That is because each pH number indicates a factor of TEN, not just ONE. But I really feel we tend to overwash the dog then wonder why they have a cottony or fluffy or coarse coat (and then blame it on *neutering* when it is likely to be frequent washing or genes or fatness... ).

Puppies have such a lovely puppy smell; I personally thinkthey really rarely need bathing unless they have stepped in their own poops etc (and you have such a short time to enjoy their lovely baby smell! It will be gonme before you blink...). I'd be very reluctant to bathe a puppy more than every month as their skin is so delicate. Note that if you want to rinse them or allow them to swim that is different -- it is the shampoo that is the problem. My two swim at least every month and more than that in summer (once or twice a week) and this is more than enought to keep their coats clean and very soft (pond water!).

Even our Great Pyrenees was only washed maybe four times a year (as it was such a production). My mom is a VERY picky housekeeper -- and would not have tolerated a strong-smelling, dirty dog (and remember Pyrs weigh about 125 lbs and are WHITE!) but our pyr never smelled unpleasant with such infrequent baths; she was simply brushed every week which takes out the majority of the dirt.

I've found places that sell shampoo anmd grooming supplies tell you every week is fine; and vets recommend every 6-8 weeks.

Vets answer this question:

http://www.petpeoplesplace.com/resources/advice/dogs/60.htm
http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Shampoo.php
http://www.selkirkvet.com/index.php?view=pageView&docid=100049343

And also from the ever-relaiable Dr Mike Richards at vetinfo4dogs.com:


Odor problems - canine

Q: Dr Richards,
I was recently at the vetinfo website looking for information for my
grandparents dog, Duke. Duke is a dog with a great personality but he
smells really bad! We have tried every thing but even after a good bath
he would smell again five minutes later. It's even unbarable to some
people and they can't stay in the house anymore because the house smells
like the dog. I was wondering since I didn't find any information
anywhere if you could help me out and give me a place where I could find
some information that can help us solve the problem!

Thank you. Jennifer N


A: Jennifer-

Most dogs that have skin odors have either bacterial or yeast skin
infections. There are occasionally other problems leading to odors such as
dental disease, ear infections, anal sac infections or inflammation and
seborrhea. Some dogs are just very adept at finding things to modify their
smell, such as dead animals or cat poop which they immediately roll on.
Most people notice when this is happening, though. A few people have
written to our site about changes in their pet's odors when changing dog
foods. Some people noticed an odor that wasn't there prior to the new food
and some people noted an improvement in previous odor problems when a
change was made. I can't remember having this experience in my practice
situation but it is possible, I'm sure.

The best bet is to take your dog in to your vet for an examination to try
to rule out correctable medical problems as a cause of the odor.

Mike Richards, DVM



From the purina website:


BATHING


There are two major points to consider when bathing your dog: First, how to do it; and second, how often to do it.
How Often
The answer to the second consideration is ‘not too often.’ A dog’s coat needs its oils to remain soft and silky and to keep from getting brittle or damaged. If you bathe your dog too often (every week, for example), you will strip away those oils.

A good rule of thumb is to only bathe your dog when he is visibly dirty or noticeably smelly. At the same time, you don’t want to go too long or a long-haired dog will tend to get tangles and matted hair. So the time between baths will vary from dog to dog and may change from one time of year to another.

PS I think you can see from my avatar pic that the boys look really clean and there are a few on the list who have met them at Tara and Lisa's classes! :) I think they'd vouch for general cleanliness and non-smelliness too. :lol:

Kimberly
13th April 2006, 11:27 PM
linda --- thanks so much for all your advice. much appreciated!!

thanks to others too!!!!!!

:D

Kimberly
13th April 2006, 11:27 PM
linda --- thanks so much for all your advice. much appreciated!!

thanks to others too!!!!!!

:D

Kimberly
13th April 2006, 11:31 PM
ohhhhh - I didn't even see all the advice that has followed on this today... karlin & linda, this is some good info, really, thanks so much.

Roxanne
14th April 2006, 02:47 PM
I bathe very frequently as well . I have 5 dogs ....the oldest is 11 the youngest is 3 months . I bathe Colby and Tia ( both longer coated dogs ) once a week to once every 10 days. I bathe the short coat chi's about once every 2-3 weeks . I bathe Calli about once a month . NONE of my dogs have ever had skin issues,dry skin,,dandruff ect . I bathe with Petsilk products which is healthy for their skin and coats. Every one of my dogs have beautiful coats .

I HATE doggy smell , and if you have dogs and they dont get bathed except every 2-3 months , they will have a doggy smell. I guess maybe some people are used to that ?? or doesnt notice it as much ?? I am just a fussy clean person and since my dogs sleep with me , they need to smell fresh and clean.

I think that its a personal issue and one that each person must decide how long they can go . Obviously if you are bathing frequently and your dog starts to have issues such as dry skin,,dandruff ect ........... than that particular dog may not be able to handle frequent bathing ....and you may not be able to bathe as frequently . But , if you are bathing frequently and are having no problems ...then its not a problem ;)

Jen
14th April 2006, 04:01 PM
Roxanne wrote:
I HATE doggy smell , and if you have dogs and they dont get bathed except every 2-3 months , they will have a doggy smell. I guess maybe some people are used to that ?? or doesnt notice it as much ?? I am just a fussy clean person and since my dogs sleep with me , they need to smell fresh and clean.

This is a bit generalized, and in fact, offensive in my opinion.
Abbey gets bathed every 6-8 weeks and she does not have a "doggy smell". Does she smell like perfume and unnatural scents that are often in shampoos? No, but that doesn't mean she has a "doggy smell". She's very clean, with regular brushing and a good diet. In fact, we've had a lot of people ask us how her white stays so white. I am a very clean person, to the point of being anal from what friends and family say, and we have three pets and you would never know it by the look AND smell of our house, clothes, etc.
Cavaliers are known to have many, many allergy issues. Over-washing can be attributed to skin conditions, regardless of the shampoo you use, ask any vet.

jo
14th April 2006, 04:26 PM
We've had little Maisie now for nearly 4 weeks, and I still haven't bathed her. She doesn't smell nasty, and when she has got a bit mucky it brushes out. My 4yr old son asks nearly every day can we bath her, but I really don't want to do it, just for the sake of doing it. I think part of me doesn't want to upset her as well icon_crying . After looking at all your posts, I think I better do it soon. Wish me luck.

Jo icon_crssedfingers

Roxanne
14th April 2006, 09:51 PM
Jen, It wasnt meant to be an offensive statement . I apologize if you took offense .

I'm just saying that people have different opinions on when and how often to bathe and that it is a very persoanl decision . Just like I cant tell you that you are a bad pup parent for washing your dog every 6 weeks or 3 months ect , no-one should tell me that I am doing harm by washing them more frequently ..... as evidenced by me NOT having ANY skin and coat issues . This has just been MY experience and the experience of my friends who have the same bath schedule as I do .

rory
15th April 2006, 01:23 AM
I think it's individual. Some dogs w/ very bad skin conditions NEED to be bathed frequently -- for example w/ medicated shampoo. Other dogs have very oily coats that tend to attract dirt and smell. (like my parent's newfs.) Others have very dry coats that may be worsened by frequent bathing...

Rory on the other hand, smells yummy almost all the time, IMHO. :D I only bathe him when he gets very dirty or if there is a special occasion. :)

Same with Shiloh, our lab. Sometimes she gets stinky (after a few months), so I bathe her even if she doesn't appear dirty. But her short coat doesn't reallly hold on to dirt so she doesn't get noticeably "dirty".

Karlin
15th April 2006, 01:37 AM
Rory's right on the medicated shampoo angle -- a lot of skin conditions are treated by special shampoos designed to help problems and need to be used sometimes many times a week.

Roxanne, my point is simply this: vets feel fairly firmly about the issue of washing a dog weekly or even every two weeks and that is the perspective I am passing along as I think they know best about this issue. I can see a monthly wash vs every two months as a personal choice, but not something that is generally not considered to be a good choice for health and medical reasons -- like washing a dog every week. This really gets the thunmbs down on every vet related site I could find that discuss dogs and bathing (I'm sure there are dissenting vet viewpoints but we are really talking the vast majority). A dog is after all, a dog. They cannot help but to smell like a dog. :) Of course, a dog that has a strong odor *weekly* probably has some underlying problem worth investigating.

rory
15th April 2006, 02:20 AM
I tend to think that unless it's causing problems, wash your dog as much or as little as you want to.

Roxanne
15th April 2006, 02:19 PM
I tend to think that unless it's causing problems, wash your dog as much or as little as you want to.

my point exactly ;)

floínn
23rd April 2006, 02:20 AM
thank you for all your advice :thmbsup: