Well, I have ferrets. They are descented but their skin oils can get smelly. We've been bathing them once a week and it actually seems to be good for them. They don't get so smelly and their fur is very thick and soft!
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I'm trying to figure that out myself. I also have Mr Tux in a kennel a lot and his fur on his topside is demishing. Is there something out there that will help his skin. It's from jumping in is kennel; but not able to leave him out if I'm gone. Help. Help.
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Wow! My dog must be a little stinker! She could use a bath twice weekly to keep fresh smelling and not doggie smelling. I am going to look into the in-be-tween wipes to see if I can find something natural that would not dry her skin out or irritate it. I was washing her a few times per month to cut down on the smell..........but today I started using hypo alergetic...or however you spell it...........baby wipes with aloe..................maybe if I do that a couple of times per week.............plus they do have doggie/kitty wipes which I am definately going to look into.
We use a baby shampoo on our dog but only bathe him once a month and winter months less then that. Too often dries there skin out and causes skin irritation. I brush him at least 2 to 3 times weekly to prevent his long hair from matting.
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You might ask your vet how often you should bathe your dog and what shampoo to use. Maybe she has an allergy which might be causing the smell to come back shortly after bathing.
My dog has allergies so my vet recommended a shampoo called relief which I use every couple of weeks during the summer. Since she is so big, we have to bathe her outside. In the winter, I have to take her to the vets to be bathed.
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I've always heard it's bad to bathe your pets because it can unbalance all their natural nutrients and stuff. Kind of like washing your own hair every day instead of every other day. I've never bathed my cats. We trim their nails but that's about it. If my Evie (she's a black longhair) gets TOO MANY mats that I can't brush out then we might take her to the groomer. But otherwise, never done that. When I had my dog we would bathe her but we lived in Arizona and she would get out and run to the park across the street. Our cats are also inside cats.
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My dog goes to the groomer for nails and ears but I do the bathing and wrinkle cleaning. Truthfully, the smell doesn't bother me.......but as not to offend guests, I try to keep up with the odor thing..........maybe I could get a natural spray to spray on her. She (being a pug) also has the double coat thing going...........she doesn't like the sound of the hair dryer so I have to dry her with several towels and then put her in her nice comfy sweat jacket to warm up and dry futher.............It takes her hours to dry...............I brush her when she'll let me.......usually once or twice weekly..........but I try and rub the hair off when I am petting her or use one of those pet pot holder looking things that takes hair off (when she'll let me).
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My dog usually goes to the groomer but the two times I bathed him at home I used baby shampoo.Baby has allergies.I wait at least 2 months to take him to the groomer who also cuts his hair.Baby doesn't sleep with me.He has his own bed beside mine.He also doesn' get on furniture.I buy a spray foam from WalMart to freshen the carpet.Baby never smells.I remember when I was a child my mother thought a dog should be bathed only twice a year.Ask your vet how often your dog should be bathed.Baby never stinks.
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Tyler has double fur. The outside is long but underneath it's thick and fluffy. The Vet said not to bath him too often. It takes 4ever for him to dry and it can cause skin infections on him. I use a natural spray that keeps him smelling good in between. Spray and brush him does the trick,
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I use a mild oatmeal shampoo and rinse REALLY well. Lenny gets a bath once a month and brushed almost every day. He is allergic to most fragrance stuff but I do the baking soda as well. I buy huge bags at costco and keep the frebreze plug in going
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I am doing laundry today (and the dogs laundry-sweat shirts, blanket, etc....) I try and keep the house odor free by sprinkling baking soda on the carpet often and vaccuming, lysol in the air (but not too much as it is not good for beast nor human beast to inhale), keeping my bedding washed (she sleeps with me), etc........My question is this..........After I bathe her; she starts stinkin (smelling like a dog) about 3-4 days afterward. She smells great for 2-3 days; then...uck! Anyway, I bathe here once weekly and really feel that that is too much for my little pug as I have heard that their skin can dry out really quickly if "over bathed." It is a battle to bathe her as we only have showers no tubs.......so she gets bathed in the kitchen sink.........large enough but she is kind of scared to be there so I go as fast as I can while getting her clean and fresh smelling.
Trust me, it doesn't have to do with not having a tub..........she is sparkling clean when I get done with her........What do you use on your dog for shampoo and how often do you bathe him or her?
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