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Keep it Clean: Five Tips for Bathing Your Dog

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We’re frequently asked for tips on how to bathe our four-legged friends and which products are best for which ailments. Fortunately, gone are the days of one-stop-shop pet shampoo! These days, many brands are coming out with unique formulas for a variety of common fur and skin ailments. Here are answers to five questions we’re commonly asked about pet hygiene.

How often should I bathe my dog?
According to the ASPCA, it’s recommended that you bathe your dog at least once every three months. That being said, dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors (as well as certain breeds) to need to be bathed a bit more frequently.

Can I use human shampoo on my dog?
Although some animals aren’t sensitive to the fragrances and chemicals in human shampoo, many are – thus it’s better to be safe than sorry. Shampoo with natural ingredients such as oatmeal and aloe are excellent for pets with sensitive skin. We highly recommend Pure Love’s Oatmeal Shampoo with Aloe, as it also is quite effective on dry skin.

My dog has dry, flaky skin. What is the best remedy?
Pramoxine is a great solution for pets with dry, flaky skin. Pure Love’s Pramoxine Shampoo has colloidal oatmeal as an added benefit in order to calm itchy skin. Pure Love also has a spray with Paramoxine and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids which work to nourish the skin and further control irritation. This product is a great option for those who want to provide relief to their dog or cat without having to bathe him. Finally, Pure Love also makes a wonderful Coal-Tar Shampoo for Dogs and Cats. Although the name sounds off-putting, Coal Tar is a great, natural way to calm your fubaby’s itchy, dry skin.

How can I help my dog ward off fleas, mosquitoes and ticks?
If you live in a rural, wooded area, it’s smart to protect your pet from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes – especially in the summer months. Neem “Protect” Shampoo by Ark Naturals doubles as a shampoo and insect repellent – and it’s natural! In fact, Neem has been used for thousands of years by the people of India, Asia and Africa as an insect repellant.

How can I brighten my dog’s white coat?
White dogs are majestic – but unfortunately, their coat can go from snowy white to “yellow snow” very quickly. There are many products on the market that can help whiten your pet’s coat and restore that “snow white” quality. We recommend Whitening Shampoo with Oatmeal – not only does it do wonders for your cat or dog’s coat, but it also has a delicious Pina Colada scent!

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