We know how much you love your furry friend, and we know how hard it is to see them deal with an irritating skin allergy. Once you discover your dog has a skin condition, you might wonder how often you should be bathing your dog, and what grooming method and skills you should be using to help your dog’s skin conditions. Read on for our tips on washing a dog with a skin condition.
8 Tips for Washing Dogs with Skin Allergies
1) Talk to a Veterinarian
Consult with a professional veterinarian about how often you should be bathing your dog. There is no one size fits all solution to this problem. Whether your dog is dealing with dry, flaky skin or issues like allergies, it is essential that you consult with your veterinarian about how often you should be bathing your dog. Our dogs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and healths. Consulting with an expert professional like a veterinarian will help you to address your dog’s skin issues, formulate a response, and make sure that it is working to help your furry friend. There are a multitude of skin conditions that might be affecting your dog, and we always recommend consulting with a vet who knows your dog’s specific issues before embarking on the journey of comforting and healing.
2) Establish a Routine
You should establish a routine and stick to it! Sticking to a consistent routine without deviations is essential to helping you get your dog’s skin accustomed to regular bathing. Almost every pet seems to benefit from consistent, regular routines that are important to their health and wellbeing. Regular routines for bathing will not only help to treat your dog’s specific skin conditions, but it will also help them feel comfortable with the treatment. When you bathe or dry your dog, you can help reduce their anxiety by assuring them that there are specific times for activities they might otherwise feel unsure about it. A regular routine for when you wash dogs will help to assure that your dog’s skin condition treatment will be a success story.
3) Adjust Your Routine Gradually
As treatment for your dog’s allergies or other condition progresses, you may find that you should or can adjust the routine. While at first, you might find yourself bathing your dog one or two times a week, as your dog heals you may find you only need to bathe your pet once every couple of weeks. It is important not only to be proactive with your dog’s condition but to be reactive when it comes to paying attention to and adjusting your routine to their skin needs. Dogs can be sensitive pets, so it is important to give them their skin the attention it needs!
4) Pick a High-Quality Shampoo
Picking a high quality, sometimes specially formulated, shampoo is one of the things that will make a huge difference for your dog’s specific skin condition when it comes to bathing. Before establishing a regular bathing routine, you’ll want to make sure that you have chosen a shampoo that will help your dog’s skin condition rather than further irritate it. You’ll want to look for the right product, so pay special attention to the ingredients. There are different types of shampoo for different conditions. Some types of shampoo are specially formulated for antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-dandruff, anti-itch, and rehydrated properties. Deciding which type of shampoo is right for you will depend on your pet and their specific needs.
You should also consider adjusting the shampoo in accordance with your dog’s condition. There may come a point, for example, where your dog’s dandruff issue seems to go away. While it is tempting to consider continuing to use anti-dandruff shampoo in such a situation, you’ll want to figure out whether or not the shampoo has fixed the underlying problem. You may want to lay off using the anti-dandruff for a few days or weeks to see if the problem returns. You should then return to using the product or consider consulting with a vet.
5) Water Source
You should consider your water source! It is important to consider what type of water you’re using when you wash a dog. While tap water is generally safe for bathing purposes, depending on your location you may want to look into what percentages of what chemical compounds are present in your local tap water. If your dog has sensitive skin, there may be specific chemical irritants that cause itchy skin for your furry friend while they may not cause it for others.
6) Water Temperature
You should pay attention to water temperature! Depending on your dog’s skin condition, the temperature of the water you use to bathe them may be important. Warm water (not hot water) is often a good choice, but in certain conditions cooler or even cold water may be better. Whether cold or warm water is preferable will depend on the specific issues afflicting your dog. This is another scenario where it is ideal to consult with a veterinarian beforehand. The veterinarian will be able to tell you whether your furry friend’s skin allergies or other condition requires a specific temperature of the water.
7) Where You Bathe Your Dog
Take into consideration where you bathe your dog! The environment makes a big difference when it comes to your pet and their skin condition. It’s very tempting to want to bath your dog outdoors, using a hose and perhaps a specially designed plastic dog bath. However, there may be material in the air that causes allergies to flare up, irritants that fall from trees, or general issues with humidity or air quality that will affect the usefulness of bathing your furry friend outdoors. Consult with your veterinarian, he or she may advise that it’s safer to clean your dog in your home shower or tub (although this may, alternatively, pose an issue.) It may be a matter of trial and error in determining the best location to clean your dog.
8) Reward Your Dog
You should consider rewarding your pet after bath time! It’s important that your dog knows that bath time isn’t a punishment, but an important activity that you are proud of them for enduring. This is especially true when bath time involves dealing with an irritating skin condition, allergies, or dry skin. For this reason, we recommend that after giving your dog a bath, you should be rewarding your dog with a treat like a biscuit or a bone, as well as giving them words of praise. This will help your dog to understand that bath time is not scary, and it may even help them to look forward to future baths rather than approaching them with anxiety.
We know that learning your dog has a skin problem can be unpleasant. It can be intimidating picking a shampoo that’s right for your pet, establishing a routine, consulting with a vet, and undertaking regular actions to make sure your furry friend is getting the care they need. Thankfully, information on how to treat your dog’s skin issues is more widespread than ever, and there are tons of new, useful grooming and bathing products available to owners of dogs with skin issues. We hope that our article will help you on your journey to bring comfort to your furry friend!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will bathing a dog help with non-skin related allergies?
This will depend on your dog’s specific allergies, but bathing can oftentimes help to remove potential allergens from their fur. Think of it as a bit like washing your hands, except instead of removing germs, you’re removing outdoor materials that cause allergies. This may help to reduce sneezing and discomfort.
What is the best shampoo for a dog with skin allergies?
There’s a wide range of excellent dog shampoos for sensitive skin. Determining which one is best for your pet will depend on their specific sensitivities, the type of coat that they have, and also on what type of scent you and your dog enjoy. Moreover, there are different shampoos formulated for specific breeds now. Whether your pet is a husky, your furry friend is a labrador retriever, or your dog is an adorable bulldog, you’ll be able to find shampoos formulated for your pup’s precise needs.