Why does my dog smell after a bath?

Did you know that the more often you wash a dog, the more likely it will produce a stronger odor? Or that Baby Shampoo is not safe to use on dogs? I’d like to share what I’ve learned during my career to help owners have dogs with beautiful, problem-free coats:

These next two quotes are taken from an article on PetMD.com titled, Maintaining Your Dog’s Skin pH:

“… if a shampoo that is formulated for human skin is used on a dog, the dog’s acid mantle will be disrupted, creating an environment where bacteria, parasites, and viruses can run rampant. Unknowingly, many pet owners will repeat washings of their dogs because of the smell caused by a proliferation of bacteria, making the problem worse as the skin’s acid mantle/pH level becomes more imbalanced. Additionally, if the shampoo makes the skin feel dry, your dog will scratch at its skin, creating abrasions for bacteria to invade. It quickly becomes a vicious cycle.”

“Your dog doesn’t need to be washed with shampoo on a regular basis. A good cleaning every few months is all your dog needs (you can give water baths in between), so you can splurge a little on a shampoo with quality ingredients when you weigh the overall time you will be using it. One bottle can last a year, even if you only shampoo your dog once a month. So go for the good stuff, and you won’t mind when your dog places his paws on your lap for a friendly hug.”

To read the entire article, which I highly recommend, please follow the link: http://www.petmd.com/dog/grooming/evr_dg_shampoo_for_dogs

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