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After we started thinking more seriously about expanding our family, my husband brought up the idea of getting a pet or two. While I was completely against the concept at first, I realized that it might be helpful for our children to warm up to the idea before having another sibling. We got a dog and our kids were tasked with the job of feeding it every day and doing other tasks, and it was amazing to see how much the animal helped our family to grow. Pets can be a wonderful addition to a home, which is why I made this blog. Check out these fun pet posts.

Selecting Better Pets

Is It Time To Give Your Dog A Bath?

Natalie Baker

If you're like most dog owners, then your precious pooch is more than just a pet. It's a furry member of the family.

And, just like every other family member, your dog needs to practice good hygiene. It's up to you, as the owner, to keep your pooch fresh, clean, and well groomed. While regular appointments with a groomer are a great start, you should also be on the lookout for the warning signs that your furry friend needs a good dog bath too.

Objects In Fur

One of the major things to look out for are objects buried in your dog's fur. If you find a leaf or a piece of a pine cone embedded in your dog's fur, it's definitely time for a bath and probably a good haircut too. These stuck objects can be painful and irritating to your dog's skin and need to be removed right away.

Recent Rolling

Dogs have a weird habit of rolling around in things they find interesting. Unfortunately, these are not always things that smell very good.

If your dog has recently rolled around in something smelly, the only way to remove the odor is with a thorough scrubbing. Sometimes, you might even have to put your dog through two or three washes before the smell disappears. Fortunately, a good groomer will know exactly how many cleanings and what types of soaps to use to get the smell to go away.

Fleas And Ticks

Ideally, your pooch should be taking a flea and tick preventative regularly. Sometimes, though, these medicines are not as effective as they once were, which can lead to fleas or ticks on your dog's fur.

Remove as many of these pests as you can and then have your dog bathed with a special shampoo designed to kill the little bugs left behind. Then, see about updating your medication to keep the problem from returning.

Constant Scratching

If your dog is scratching regularly, it could be due to doggy dandruff, which is caused by dry skin. The problem might also be skin allergies, which can be soothed with a good bath. Of course, the aforementioned fleas or ticks could also be to blame, as could a host of other pests.

In many cases, a good bath can solve the problem completely. But, if it doesn't go away after professional bathing, see a vet just in case.

Your dog is your responsibility. So, be sure to take good care of him with regular bathing and general good hygiene, especially if you notice any of these surefire indicators that it's time for a bath.