With warmer summer weather and longer days you might find yourself outdoors more often with your pup — going for hikes, walks in the park, or if you are lucky to be near a dog beach. All this out door play might have you wondering how often you can wash your dog so your don’t bring all the germs and urine they walk through into your home. Most veterinarians would recommend once a month for normal healthy dogs but if that is not enough for you then here are some ideas to keep your pup smelling fresh between washes.
- Towel with warm water/vinegar solution – keep a spray bottle with ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap spray on to towel and wipe down puppy.
- Pet wipes - wipe his paws and face before entering the house with a baby wipe. This is less desirable because of the waste and environmental impact.
- Baby pool or basin - if you fill only knee high and clean paws and face with soap-free or moisturizing shampoo. Avoid fully immersing to keep skin from drying out.
Note if you live in a state (like California) where there is a water shortage always use a water basin so you can recycle the water by watering your plants with the used puppy water.
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