“It is not a healthy practice to frequently bathe your dog”- it’s a myth. Part of this might still be true but it is not an all-around case.
These days a lot of people use human shampoos on their dogs which can affect the dog’s skin by making it dry and itchy. This is why special medicated or antibacterial washes for puppies should be used for bathing purposes. First time using one of these grooming shampoos? Here’s more about them:
1. Made with Special Ingredients
The Dog shampoos are manufactured with special formulations and they contain natural ingredients like tea tree oil and aloe vera. Antibacterial shampoos are designed to maintain pH balance and skin oil and it is much gentler than human shampoo. For special pet care, you need special products.
2. Reasons for Bacterial Infections
There are numerous bacteria that cause harm to dogs and they are the main reason for such infections. Salmonella causes acute diarrhea in dogs and they get infected with this bacterium when they consume contaminated food, animal manure or raw meat. Bodetella bronchiseptica, Campylobacteriosis and Coliobacillosis (E. Coli) are the other common harmful bacteria on the list.
3. Shampoo Cleans the Affected Area
The affected area needs to be cleaned when your dog has a bacterial infection. Firstly, clip the hair if your dog has a lot of them that are restricting the entry and then apply the topical antibacterial shampoo in the affected areas. Bathing twice a week along with consuming antibiotic medicines will help your dog fight the infections.
4. Necessary Precautions
It is necessary to follow some precaution while using medicated shampoos. In many cases pet owners can consult with their vet before starting to use such medicated products. Hygiene is an issue here and you need to be sure that you are using the correct product. You must avoid shampoos that contain alcohol and make sure your dog is not allergic to the ingredients. Of course, you dog shouldn’t ingest any of the product while bathing.
5. Use Popular Brands
Always select well-reviewed brands and preferably vet-approved brands. Aim to judge the quality of the product before you buy it. You must know the side effects and ingredients so that your dog can be completely safe with it.