Hygiene — a dirty word to some dogs! But it’s essential to have an organised regimen when it comes to keeping your dog clean and fresh.
Let’s look at some of the reasons as to why you should make bath time fun but necessary. And make it a routine, so bath time is not stressful for you or your dog.
A dog’s unkempt fur can become a feasting ground for parasites; especially fleas and ticks. Parasites can also create health issues and general discomfort, and lead to more serious infections.
If you regularly wash and brush your dog’s fur coat, you will be able to check its skin and the condition of its hair if there’s any sign of a parasite infestation — especially around its belly, nape of its neck, ears, and hind legs. Always remember that it’s important that you never use your own shampoo when washing your dog as it contains chemicals that are too harsh for its delicate skin.
Speak to your vet about the best dog-friendly shampoo for its breed and age; a nourishing one that is packed with vitamins. Also, make sure that the shampoo ticks every other box — is able to treat lacklustre fur, replenish the natural oils, get rid of unpleasant odours, is gentle to the eyes, and is able to get rid of any unwanted germs.
A lovely dog shampoo often features Vitamin E, aloe vera, oatmeal, and honey. And to prevent matting, don’t forget to dry and brush your dog’s fur.
Parasites and Other Telltale Signs:
Like unwanted guests in the home, parasites can really get in under your dog’s and family members’ skin.
- It’s important that you speak to your vet about the best flea and tick products suited to your dog’s skin condition along with a shampoo that can offer short-term protection.
- Washing your dog regularly will allow you to check for parasites and get up close and personal with its flesh. A good tell-tale sign of an outbreak of parasites are the bald patches from incessant scratching.
- While washing, you should also check for any changes in your dog’s skin tone. Sometimes, this may represent a sign of poor health; from hormonal imbalances to tumours. Excessive hair loss is another telltale sign of poor health or a skin condition that needs immediate attention.
Healthy, strong and shiny coats are not only a testament to your dog’s overall well-being but the process of grooming is a lovely way for you to maintain a loving bond with your canine companion.