One way to prevent skin problems is to keep the skin clean. Bathing is a necessary part of your pet’s health. Weekly bathing with an appropriate shampoo can help maintain or restore your pet’s skin health and coat. Medicated shampoos are available to aid in the management of a variety of skin and hair coat issues. In addition, some products contain ingredients that help introduce more lipids into the skin, helping it do its job as a barrier: keeping good things in, like moisture and lipids, and bad things out, like allergens and other pathogens. Your veterinarian can advise you how frequently your pet should be bathed and which type of shampoo would be best. Cream rinses, sprays, mousses, ear cleansers, and/or wipes may be indicated for your pet. Because there are many differences between human and animal skin, products that are good for your hair and skin may not be good for your pet.
Bathing your dog is a good idea for several reasons: