How Often Should I Bathe My Pet

How Often Should I Bathe My Pet?

Pets make for wonderful companions and can bring a lot of joy to a household. Pets must be well-cared for, and that means more than just feeding them or letting them outside to go to the bathroom. Among other things, you must bathe your pets regularly. If you would like a professional grooming session for your furry friend, contact our team at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC.

So, how often does your pet need a pet bath? Well, it’s complicated. The answer depends on the type of animal you have as well as your pet’s lifestyle. A dog that spends most of its time inside may not need to be washed as often as a dog that spends most of his or her time outside.

Determining When (And How) To Wash Your Pet

Pet species and lifestyle will have a huge impact on how often you need to bathe your pet. Cats, for example, are generally quite good at cleaning themselves. That said, however, cats do need a bath from time to time.

Many dogs aren’t able to clean themselves as well as cats and may need to be washed more often. This is especially true if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors. Small animals, like pocket pets, may not need to be washed as often as an active dog, but a bath from time to time could still make a big difference.

If you have questions about your specific species or breed of animal, it is smart to talk with a veterinarian. Not only can a vet help you decide when to bathe your animal, he or she can also help you select the right soaps and shampoos.

Your pet may have other grooming needs. For example, a haircut and trim after a long winter may help your dog cool off. Our veterinarians at our animal hospital can help you determine what grooming measures are appropriate for your pet.

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Are you looking for professional pet groomers? Visit New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham or call us today at 919-490-2000.

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