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  • I like to keep my dog's coat clean, but don't want to dry out her skin. How often should I bathe my dog? How much is too much, or not enough?

    Bathing and general grooming are important parts of good coat and skin health for your pet. The frequency will depend on coat length and type, activity level, environment, and overall health.

    A bath is appropriate whenever you want your canine friend to be clean and smell fresh. However, over-frequent bathing or use of harsh or drying products can dull the coat and cause dry, flaky and sometimes itchy skin.

    When it is bath time, consider your pet's other grooming needs including nail trims, ear cleaning, coat brushing, and trimming if appropriate for your pet's hair type. Consult your local veterinarian for specific grooming recommendations for your unique pet.


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