Q: Abby And Bath Time?
Abby is a cocker spaniel we keep her fur clipped short at least right now we may let it grow out in the winter Abby gets a bath every week and with the rain here now sometimes needs to at least be rinsed off after coming in from the rain and the mud my question is Abby seems to have senetive skin should I just start giving her a bath every other week and only give her a bath every week when she absolutley needs it or switch to a hypo allerginic doggie shampoo?
Nov 02, 2012
A cocker spaniel has natural oils in the hair that protect and waterproof them. Excessive bathing will get rid of the oil and leave their skin and coat dry, which results in excessive shedding, scratching, and flaking. Most dog people advise that you only bathe dogs once a month to avoid stripping their skin of the natural protective oils. If she gets dirty or muddy in between baths, use the moist wipes made specifically for pets or a soapy wash cloth to "spot clean" her. If using a soapy washcloth, be sure to remove all the soap residue to avoid irritation. Go out to www.happycockers.com . Click on "articles" and then "grooming". They have a list of articles on grooming and anything else you might be interested in about the breed.
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Nov 02, 2012
When it comes to bathing dogs, less is more. Routine bathing is not necessary for the health of the coat or the dog. In fact, frequent bathing can rob the coat of its natural sheen and make it harsh and dry. For most dogs, regular brushing will keep the coat and skin in good condition and eliminate the need for frequent baths. Frequency is largely dependent on the breed and activities of the dog. Dogs who spend a lot of time outside or engage in outdoor activities that expose them to dirt, bugs and/or debris typically require more bathing, maybe every 6 weeks or a little more frequently. Some groomers recommend bathing double-coated breeds only about 3 times a year and suggest that smooth-coated dogs can go a lot longer between baths than can curly-coated breeds such as poodles. The best way to keep them clean between baths is to give them a good vigorous brushing every day to dislodge dirt and debris. You should also bathe them less often during the winter months because being in a heated environment during cold weather makes their coat and skin dry. Her skin may be sensitive or itchy just because you're way over-bathing her and drying her out. If she truly has sensitive skin use an oatmeal shampoo and a good conditioner with shea butter.
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