The Importance of Bathing your Cat or Dog Regularly

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:

If your dog is trained to enjoy bathing, the experience will be pleasant for him, similar to going for a walk or playing chase in the yard.
Any positive interaction between you and your dog strengthens the human-animal bond.
Bathing removes dirt, allergens and odors from his skin and coat.
Bathing your pet helps you monitor for skin irritations, lumps and cuts.  You can detect these issues earlier and then report them to your veterinarian.  Early detection is vital.
Frequent bathing is necessary to heal inflamed or infected skin and damaged hair.