As the myth goes, it is not healthy to bathe a dog frequently. A part of it is true and other part is not. While swimming in natural water is a good exercise for a dog and can be permitted according to its tastes and climate, using soaps or shampoos on dogs regularly can be hazardous. Especially human shampoos can cause an imbalance of sweat on dog's skin and may make its skin dry and itchy, though, mild human shampoos can be used once a month. However, dog-specific shampoos are much better and are recommended to be used only once every several weeks. The medicated shampoos meant to cure particular skin-disorders are different and the frequency of their use depends on the condition of the dog.
Just as we groom ourselves to appear presentable and clean, our pets also need grooming. Our pet’s fur is important, not only in terms of their looks, but also for their health. The fur on your dog’s body provides a blanket effect and keeps it warm in the cold weather. The fur is also a protection to the skin and without it, the dog would be exposed to infections and allergies of the skin.
Knowing how important dog fur is, it is important to take care of it properly. Of course, the fur adds tremendously to the looks of a dog. Think of a dog with frazzled, unkempt fur and compare it to another dog with clean, shiny and smooth fur, and you will know the difference.
Trim the nails of your dog once a month. You may trim down the nails using scissors, but clippers (designed specifically for dogs) are always better for the pet. Ensure that you do not trim the nails deep into the quick, because it may lead to the bleeding of blood. In case of an accidental injury, treat the wound by dusting the area with a blood-clotting powder. If the wound doesn’t heal after a few days, consult a veterinary doctor.
There are several reasons why your dog may scratch itself a lot. Some of the major factors that influence the dog’s behavior are diet, health and its environment. All of these together play a major part in the dog’s behavior.
A dog that spends a lot of time indoors may get allergic to the carpeting of the house or the cleaning products which are used on the floor or the carpet. If your dog lies around on the carpet a lot, try sprinkling baking soda on the carpet. This will usually make a difference in the dog’s itching. If the dog stops scratching after you have used baking soda, you can continue using the baking soda on the carpeting.