When can you give puppy a bath


Is your new puppy stinky? It's not his fault. Puppies are cute, but they're also messy! Here's some help on deciding when you should give him a bath.

When should you first bathe your puppy?

Your puppy will likely need his first bath soon after you bring him home. If you have space for a small crate in your bathroom, you can give him a quick bath right after bringing him home. For a first bath, use pet-specific shampoo and warm water. If the puppy is extremely dirty or muddy, you may need to follow up with another shampoo about a week later.

What else should I do before giving my pup his first bath?

Before giving your puppy his first bath, it's helpful to brush him. This will help loosen dirt and remove mats in his fur that could be uncomfortable for him or cause skin problems later on.

Do I have to use shampoo?

You should never just use shampoo without conditioner when you bathe your pup! Shampoo strips natural oils from a dog's coat, which can lead to dry skin and dandruff. The conditioner will help replace some of those oils and make the bath more comfortable for your pup.

How often should I bathe my puppy?

Puppies don't need to be bathed very often. You can usually wait until they start getting dirty or after they've been playing outside.

After my pup is old enough, how often should I bathe him?

Puppies usually only need to be bathed every couple of months, and it's probably best to just give them a normal bath without shampoo between those times. However, if your puppy were to get really dirty or go swimming, you may need to bathe him more often.

When is the best time to bathe my dog?

Most people bathe their dogs in the evening so that they're not dirty when they go outside the next day. However, if your pup has a skin condition or allergies, you may need to bathe him more often - even daily - and should consult your veterinarian for advice.


So, when can you give the puppy a bath? As a general rule, puppies need a bath soon after you bring them home, and then bathe them every couple of months unless they get really dirty. Dogs older than 12 months can usually be bathed about once a month. Consult your veterinarian for advice if your dog needs to be bathed more or less often, or if you have any other questions about bath time.

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