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As pet owners, we want only the best for our furry friends: good nutrition, exercise, play and affection. But when it comes to bathing, some may wonder if it's really necessary. And if so, how often should we bathe our pets?

Tips for bathing your dog

If it's time to give your pooch a wash, consider this...

  • The frequency should be based on your pup's personality, hair type and ultimately, how dirty they get. Bathing your pet once a month is generally okay, but you can adapt this to your dog’s needs.

  • Never wash excessively (more than once a week), as this will deplete your dog’s skin of its lovely natural oils and can also make topical flea and tick treatments less effective. If your dog has a skin condition, check with your vet about how often you should bathe him.

  • Choose a place that’s spacious enough and feels comfortable to them, like a tub or a quiet spot in your garden. We suggest collecting all your essentials before you start: a brush, a towel and dog shampoo. It’s important not to use human shampoo, as our pH levels are different.

  • Brushing before bathtime is a great way to help your dog relax. It will also help remove some of the loose hair and dirt from your pet's coat.

  • Water should be warm, not hot. Use a soothing voice and remain calm. The aim is for our dog to understand this is an activity they can actually enjoy!

Tips for bathing your cat

Our feline friends are not known for their love of water! Luckily for them, they’re experts at grooming themselves.

  • When it comes to cats, one or two baths a year may suffice and in some cases, bathing may not even be necessary. Ask yourself: does my cat go out much? Is her coat matted and oily? Does she sleep near my face? All these answers can help you decide if your cat is clean enough.

  • Personality should be another big factor here, since cats get easily agitated with water. This is why it’s ideal to initiate cats into bathing when they’re little. If the stress of a bath outweighs how clean they’ll feel afterwards, brushing alone may be the answer.

  • As with dogs, brushing before a bath will help remove loose hairs and knots, and can be relaxing for your kitty. Have a dedicated towel, bottle of cat shampoo and – if needed for deshedding – some cat conditioner nearby. You can also place a rubber mat or towel on your tub (or other chosen surface) to prevent slipping.
  • When washing your cat, avoid the face altogether (use a damp cloth instead). And if the shower nozzle is too scary for them, a jug will also do the job. Speaking softly to them can be helpful when they're a little nervous.

Bottom line: bathtime should be a pleasant experience that’s adapted to each pet. The earlier in your furry friend’s life you start introducing this ritual, the easier it will become.