Due to COVID, non-essential shops like barbershops and hair salons remain closed throughout much of the country. Many of us have resorted to cutting and coloring our own hair at home. But what about our pets? Groomers are non-essential and remain closed in many states. Should pet parents just wait until groomers re-open? Of course not! You wouldn’t wait until the salons re-open before you wash your own hair. So why would you let Fido smell like a dirty dog, or worse yet, risk developing skin problems from lack of grooming? Like people, pets need regular baths (and some need grooming) to stay clean, odor-free and tangle-free.
Bathing your dog at home is not as hard as it sounds. It’s actually easy to keep your dog looking like they just came from the groomer even while you are stuck at home. First make sure you order all the grooming supplies you will need, like clippers and scissors, and pet shampoo. While it may be tempting to use your own shampoo on your pet, it may dry out their skin. Only use a shampoo specifically made for pets. VetDerm Solutions Super Hydrating & Conditioning Pet Shampoo contains a unique formulation of shea butter, aloe, oatmeal and green tea designed to cleanse, hydrate and soothe your pet’s skin. As a veterinarian, I see what happens when people use human shampoo or scented pet shampoo to bathe their dogs. Although they smell “great” by our standards, these heavily perfumed shampoos can overwhelm a dog’s sensitive sense of smell while leaving their skin and coat dry and itchy. VetDerm pet shampoo combines the highest quality ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and soothe your pet’s sensitive skin. It contains no harsh chemicals and it is paraben and sulfate-free. And because it was designed for dogs and their sensitive noses, it is also fragrance-free and tear-free.
How often should you bathe your dog anyway?
It depends on a number of different factors, such as their coat, lifestyle and health. An active outdoor dog will need to be bathed more frequently than a dog that rarely leaves the house. Dogs with allergies may also benefit from more frequent baths as the bathing washes away contact allergens. And of course, how often you bath your dog is also a personal preference. People who sleep with their pets may want to bath them a few times a week or at least weekly.
Should you bathe your dog more often because of COVID?
Although the CDC states that there is currently no evidence that COVID can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets, there is a lot we are still learning about the virus. If it gives you peace of mind to bathe Fido a little more often than usual, just make sure you use a pet-specific shampoo like VetDerm Solutions Super Hydrating & Conditioning Pet Shampoo.