If you have a canine family member, you know how important grooming is for keeping your dog looking, smelling, and feeling great! Following an appropriate schedule for bathing your dog is important, as giving your dog baths too often or too infrequently can both result in skin concerns. Continue reading for an overview of how often you should bathe your dog. No Skin Problems If your dog does not have any pre-existing skin problems, bathing him every four to six weeks is generally a good plan. If you bathe your dog too often, you may soon notice that his skin is becoming dry, flakey, and itchy. On the other hand, if you wait several months between baths, your dog may begin to feel uncomfortable due to having a dirty coat. Bathing your dog every four to six weeks will also ensure that you take notice of any skin changes or other health concerns that should be examined by a veterinarian. Skin Problems Does your dog suffer from dry skin, hot spots, or other dermatological concerns? If so, talk to your veterinarian about an appropriate bathing schedule. Your veterinarian may recommend that you give your dog baths more often, such as every other week. In addition, your veterinarian may prescribe a medicated shampoo to help manage your dog’s skin condition and prevent the problems typically associated with bathing your dog too often. Other Grooming Tasks In addition to ensuring that you bathe your dog regularly, you should also maintain a schedule for other grooming tasks. First, be sure to brush your dog at least once per week if he has a short coat, and more often if he has a long coat. If you are able to trim your dog’s nails on your own, do this after each bath. You should also brush your dog’s teeth each day with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. When it’s time to give your dog a bath, don’t deal with the hassle, mess, and stress of bathing him at home. Instead, bring your pup to Mountain View Car Wash & Detailing, where you’ll find a convenient self-serve dog wash! For more information, call Mountain View Car Wash & Detailing in Steamboat Springs at (970) 870-3363.