Most dogs would rather skip bath time but alongside regular brushing, washing your dog with a natural dog shampoo is an equally important step of your dog’s grooming regime. As well as cleaning the coat and removing dust and mud, washing also helps remove any allergens, such as pollen, that can be picked up whilst running in the grass.
Here are some common questions about grooming and our guide to effective bath time with a herbal dog shampoo.
How often should I wash my dog?
How often to wash your dog will vary between each individual dog and their particular needs. Dogs with skin conditions or allergies shouldn’t be washed more than is necessary so that the skin doesn’t become too sensitive.
Smooth coats are relatively low-maintenance grooming wise, and do not need to be washed as often as other coat types. However, a dog with a double-coat needs regular brushing and washing to remove dead skin and hair and to avoid knots. Similarly, with curly coats like in Poodles or Welsh Terriers, daily brushing will keep the coat knot free and regular washing will leave it feeling soft.
Before you start grooming your dog, understand the coat type; that little bit of knowledge will give you the edge when it comes to making them look their best.
What is the best way to wash my dog?
1.Brushing and washing are both part of the grooming process so before you wash your dog with a natural dog shampoo make sure your dog’s coat has been thoroughly brushed to de-tangle any knots (maybe do this outside to avoid lots of loose hair and fur lying around the house!)
2. Let the water run and measure the temperature on your wrist to make sure that it is not too hot. Dog’s skin is sensitive, so it should never be too hot or too cold, lukewarm is perfect. Wet your dog down and lather on a natural dog shampoo, taking care to rub the hind and buttocks but avoid the eye area. Use a damp washcloth for their face and head as this sensitive area does not like getting too wet.
3. Make sure all the shampoo is rinsed off thoroughly using your fingers to ensure that you get through the undercoat, and if in doubt repeat rinsing because even when using hypoallergenic dog shampoo, residue can cause skin irritations.
How do I choose the right shampoo for my dog?
Make sure you choose a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs! This is a must as human shampoos are designed for human hair and have a different pH balance which is much more acidic than what dog’s skin can handle. Disturbing a dog’s pH level can result in dog skin conditions and bacterial infections so a dog specific shampoo is the best way to go.
A good quality natural shampoo containing no artificial colourants, SLS or SLES is a must-have. We recommend using our Soothe & Calm Shampoo on all dogs breeds, even for those with sensitive skin, as the oatmeal and lavender have soothing and hydrating properties. It also has a pH level of 7 which works harmoniously with dog’s skin and is the best choice of dog shampoo for itchy skin. It can, of course, be used on dogs with perfectly healthy skin, and it smells lovely too!
Post- bath tips
We all know the ‘wet dog shake’ works best for removing most of the water from their coat, you will probably need to help them dry off with towels as well.
Begin to rub down the coat in the direction of the fur and try not to use a hairdryer as these are often too hot and can frighten dogs.
Knots and matting can lead to hot spots and fungal infections due to the excess moisture on the skin, so further brushing is good at this stage just to check for any last knots and will let the coat fully air dry.
Other top tips for skin and coat
Another tip to keep allergies at bay is to wipe your dog down with a wet cloth after walks, this will remove any pollens or allergens attached to the coat from being outside, especially during Spring. What will also help is to remember to wash your dog’s bedding regularly at a good hot temperature.What will also help is to remember to wash your dog’s bedding regularly at a good hot temperature.
All these steps will allow your dog to enjoy the warmer months without worrying about itchy skin, hot spots or any other symptoms of a non-specific skin disorder. However, if you are worried about grooming your dog due to its breed, your dog’s skin condition, or your dog is showing any signs of a skin irritation, then please contact your vet for more advice. Have a great Summer!
If you would like to find out more about Dorwest Herbs and our herbal dog shampoo, one of our experienced advisors would be happy to help. Please get in touch on 01308 897272 or use our contact form. Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50.
Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.
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