Veterinary Services at Your Animal Hospital

Grooming & Bathing Tips

Bathing Your Pets

Bathing is an important part of good coat and skin health for your pet. The frequency you bathe your pet will depend on:

  • Coat length and type
  • Activity level
  • Environment
  • Overall health

Overly frequent bathing, or use of harsh drying products can dull the coat and cause dry, flaky, and itchy skin. When it is bath time, consider your pet's other grooming needs including nail trims, ear cleaning, coat brushing, and trimming if appropriate for your pet's hair type. Consult you local professional groomer for specific recommendations for your pet.

Learn why bathing your pets regularly is good for their coat and skin
Grooming your pets should be done on a consistent basis

Grooming Your Pets

While grooming should be done on a consistent basis, the frequency to which your pet needs to be groomed will depend somewhat on daily routines, coat type, age and general health.

It is recommended that long haired dogs be groomed every 6-8 weeks to avoid matting. In addition, your pet will benefit from regular brushing to remove any loose hairs and dead skin cells, to rid the coat of debris and external parasites, and to disseminate skin oils that form along the hair shafts.

Your veterinarian can assist in recommending the proper tools to use for your pet's coat type. If your pet suffers from allergies, your veterinarian may prescribe regular bathing as part of a treatment routine. Be sure to notify your vet of any special needs your pet may require, such as specific shampoos or eye care, and bring any of these products with you to your appointment. Its always a good idea to schedule your pet's appointment in advance, especially during the warmer summer months or near the holiday seasons.