How to Shampoo Your Dog

carrying a labrador puppy at the veterinarian's

How often you should bathe your dog depends upon your dog’s breed, activity level, and how often they get dirty. Shampooing too often can lead to dry, dull, brittle fur and skin irritation; which is why it’s a good idea to ask your vet to recommend a bathing schedule.

When bathing time finally rolls around, start this way: First, let your pet become acclimated to the water and the bathing tools. Brush your dog thoroughly before getting him/her wet to remove tangles prior to bathing. Apply a tiny amount of eye lubricant or mineral oil around his or her eyes to protect them from the shampoo.

Place your dog in a tub with warm water, thoroughly wet the fur and gently lather his/her body with dog-specific shampoo. Remember to clean the underside, legs, and paws. Be very careful when you shampoo the head area. Use a water pitcher, or more ideally, a removable showerhead, and gently rinse your pet with warm water. Rinse very well, being sure to remove all the soap and suds. Dried soap residue is itself a skin irritant. Rub your dog gently with a large towel and use a pet dryer or a human hair dryer set to the coolest level.

For more tips on caring for your canine companion, call the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Please contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 with any questions you have about our pet grooming services.

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