In the vastness of the Internet, and in various clubs for dog breeders, the question is often asked: Is it possible to wash a dog with soap? There is no definite answer to this question. After all, caring for a dog’s coat and skin depends on many factors, such as:
- dog breed;
- whether the animal is allergic;
- what soap and for what purpose are you going to use.
In our article we will try to explain the basic rules for using soap, the harm and benefits of certain types of products..
The content of the article:
- 1. How often can and should you wash your dog?
- 2. The better to wash your dog
- 3. What soap will help get rid of skin problems (dermatitis) in dogs?
- 4. Using soap for dermatitis in dogs
- 5. Soap you can use to treat fleas and ticks in dogs
- 6. General recommendations for caring for a dog (cat)
How often can and should you wash your dog?
Many dog breeders are of the opinion that “the more often you bathe your dog, the better.” Actually this is not true. Frequent washing can weaken the protective function of the animal’s skin. Some experts believe that a monthly bath is enough for the average dog. Others believe that it is enough for a dog to bathe with soap several times a year..
Bathing frequency depends on several factors:
- dog breed;
- condition of hair and skin;
- the level of activity of the animal;
- habitat (it is logical to assume that a dog living on the street will need bathing more often).
Also, it should be borne in mind that dogs with allergies or dermatitis of various origins should be bathed more often. What is the reason for this? By washing, we will help our pet get rid of allergens that remain on the animal’s fur and skin.
The better to wash your dog
In order to take proper care of your dog’s coat and skin, it is recommended that you contact a specially trained person, for example, a veterinarian. Is it possible to do without the help of a specialist? Yes of course. In this case, we will recommend that you read the reviews about this or that dog care product. But, in any case, it must be borne in mind that you will have to change more than one bottle of shampoo, and more than one bar of soap. Why is this happening? It’s simple. Just like in humans, dogs may develop allergies or individual intolerances to a particular drug..
In a modern pet store, there are various means for caring for a dog’s hair and skin, the pricing policy is also different (from 100 rubles to 2000-3000). Unfortunately, a high price does not always mean that you have a quality product.
We have already found out that washing a dog completely is not necessary as often as a person. In this connection, many believe that it is not necessary to purchase special soap. Let’s figure it out together whether the dog needs a separate hygiene product or whether you can use what each house has. We are often asked questions: Can I wash my dog with baby soap? Can I use laundry soap? Which liquid soap is better to take? What to do if a dog is allergic to shampoos, which soap to buy? What to do if a dog has fleas, and an allergy has started to a remedy from a veterinary pharmacy? Are there natural soaps for dogs?
Now we will try to answer these questions in turn..
Is it possible to wash a dog with tar soap when parasites are found?
Since ancient times, our ancestors resorted to help in removing parasites from animals to natural safe means. This remedy is tar soap. Therefore, this product can be used for washing dogs both as a special flea-killing agent and for daily paw washing.
Can I use laundry soap to wash my dog??
Laundry soap is a wonderful thing. This is an absolutely natural product, which does not contain flavors, dyes, or fragrances. It can remove difficult-to-remove stains, it washes away almost any dirt. This is its positive side, but there is also a negative one. Under no circumstances should you use laundry soap to wash your dogs. It has a detrimental effect on the condition of the dog’s coat and skin, as this soap contains a large percentage of alkali. It is not recommended to use laundry soap even for washing paws. Only a specially formulated dog wash can provide proper care for your pet’s coat and skin..
Can I wash my dog with regular baby soap??
The answer to this question is ambiguous. Baby soap has a lower pH than regular soap. Therefore, baby soap can be used in extreme cases. For example, when you run out of soap for dogs at home, and you urgently need to bathe your dog, because during a walk she decided to have fun in a muddy puddle. Also, baby soap can be used when washing paws, when you come to visit relatives with your beloved dog, and you did not have a spare bar of soap for dogs with you. We conclude: we rarely use baby soap.
What soap will help get rid of skin problems (dermatitis) in dogs?
Not all soaps can help solve this or that problem. There are several types of soaps that can be used to wash your dogs. Also, there are special soaps for washing dogs’ paws. They include both common soap for people – tar soap, and a specially designed series of soaps for dogs: Celandine soap, Shoe liquid soap, hypodermic mite soap, soaps for fleas and ticks, Dermacton series of care products.
Soap “Celandine” – a special series of soaps for the care of the condition of wool and skin of animals. The price category is medium.
The “Shoe” liquid soap is an excellent product for washing dogs’ paws before and after a walk. Why use soap before walking? This is necessary so that a protective layer forms on the paws, which will help to avoid aggressive environmental influences. After a walk, this dog paw soap will rid you of dirt and germs. Price category-average.
Using soap for dermatitis in dogs
In our time, dermatitis in an animal is common. This is due to several factors: improperly selected nutrition, improper care of the dog’s skin condition, inappropriate pet regimen. Certified products of Dermacton can help your dog (cat). This series includes various care products: soap, shampoo, cream, lotion, spray. Soap from this series will help to take good care of the condition of your animal’s coat and skin. Also, soap from this series allows you to rid the animal of the subcutaneous tick. In order to understand what kind of disease it is and what kind of discomfort it brings to the dog, just look at the photo.
Reviews from the use of these funds are mostly positive. Price category – above average.
Soap you can use to treat fleas and ticks in dogs
The most common flea soap is tar. We talked about him above. Dust soap can also help in getting rid of parasites. It has a natural composition, like tar soap. Unfortunately, these soaps do not help much against mites. In such situations, you should already use a special soap, for example Demodex.
General recommendations for caring for a dog (cat)
For temporary use, regular baby soap may work, but for frequent use in humans, it is best not to use it on animals. For permanent use, we strongly recommend products that have a quality certificate. During daily washing of paws in dogs, the skin and coat can also suffer, in which case it is wiser to purchase a special product that will help to avoid this.
Dog breeders often encounter problems such as fleas, ticks, subcutaneous ticks, allergies and dermatitis. The right soap will help solve these problems..