How often should you bathe your pet?

Bath time for your furry friends can be a fun activity for many, but it’s essential to understand the frequency and guidelines to ensure it benefits your pet. 

How frequently should I give my dog a bath?

Usually, dogs should be bathed every 2-3 months, but it depends on their coat and activity. Unless excessively dirty, bathing too frequently can result in skin irritation and the stripping away of their natural oils. The summer months may prompt more frequent bathing, as dust and pollen can easily get trapped in a dog’s coat, making them dirty and prone to irritation.

Hair Length’s Influence on Bathing Routines

Dogs with long hair, such as a Bernese Mountain Dog or Golden Retriever, should be cleaned more frequently than dogs with a shorter coat, such as a Beagle or Labrador Retriever. According to USA Today, “medium and long coat dogs should bathe every four to six weeks, and owners of dogs with short coats should bathe their pets somewhere between every month and every three months.”

Can I bathe my cat?

Generally, cats do not need to be bathed and can clean themselves. Brushing your cat regularly can help them look and feel clean, but unless they have gotten into something extremely messy that cannot be brushed out, you don’t need to give your cat a bath. In the event you do, however, find a pet-safe shampoo and make the experience as relaxing as possible for your cat in order to keep them happy and healthy.

Positive Grooming Practices

Routine baths and regular brushing are all habits to incorporate into your pet’s life to keep them clean and healthy. While too much bathing can be harmful, baths every once in a while can be a fun activity for you and a change of pace for your furry friend.