How Often You Should Be Giving Your Dog A Bath

Let's be honest: Dogs can get pretty stinky. While they're known for their cuteness, their bad breath and smelly fur aren't so cute. Most of these odors are a completely normal part of life for dogs, though still a little gross. Stinky paws and wet dog smell are caused by a combination of bacteria and yeast hanging out on your pooch (via Wired). That's why, no matter how hard it is to resist their nighttime cuddles, it's better to keep your dog out of the bed.

One solution to keep bacteria and other microorganisms at bay is to give your pup regular baths. A thorough washing can help reduce odors, get rid of dirt and debris in their fur, and treat certain skin conditions. But before you start sudsing up your pup, it's important to know how often you should really be bathing them to avoid making the common pet owner mistake of washing too frequently.

Here's how often to bathe your dog

Every dog's ideal bathing routine is unique, with several factors influencing how often you should wash your furry friend. According to The Spruce Pets, a general rule of thumb is to bathe your dog once a month. However, this should be adjusted based on breed, lifestyle, and any health or skin issues.

Breeds that are known to have oily fur and many long-haired dogs may require more frequent bathing to keep their coats shiny and clean. And any time a dog goes swimming or hops in a mud puddle, they should be given a good washing after to prevent potential infections.

But keep in mind that over-bathing can lead to just as many issues. Washing too frequently strips important oils from dogs' skin and fur, which can impact the health of their coat and may cause skin irritation (via DogTime). If you notice dry, flaky skin, consider cutting down Fido's bathtime.

To remove your dog's stink the right way, always use a shampoo formulated for dogs and watch for any rashes, allergies, or other skin problems. If you're still noticing unusual or pervasive odors, take your pooch to their veterinarian to rule out any health conditions.