TrevorGoldley
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Muddy Paws, No Problem!

You may have heard that washing your dog with cleaners like shampoos isn't good for them--and I couldn't agree more! You bathe your dog too much and you'll dry out their fur and mess up its natural balance and that's no good.


But what do you do if you come home after a hike like this one? Try one of these:

1. Let it Dry!

Let the mud dry. A lot of it falls off. What is left, brush out of their coats. When it's really bad, rinse them with clear water just to rinse the mud off, certainly no need to shampoo everytime.

2. Rinse Him Off!

If you hose him down with lukewarm water, it won't hurt him, so long as you make sure it dries soon. Don't use any shampoo - especially one with insecticide in it - or conditioner - just water. It's far worse to leave the dirt on your dog, as it contains bacteria, and the mud itself will dry and form a 'mudpack', which will dry out the tissue.
Or, have him sit on a mat or old towel and get a bucket of water. Is it just his belly fur that gets covered and his legs? Wet a rag and get as much mud and dirt off as possible, then dry him off with another old towel. He'll shake, so watch out!

3. Just Bath Him!

You can bath him with a mild oatmeal shampoo, or even dawn dish detergent when the silt starts to build up - but otherwise, your dog is already in contact with water in the mud. More clean water isn't going to hurt anything!
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@missophiestik Oh man yeah that might have something to do with it haha. Hopefully she'll be alright soon that can't be fun to live with
@happyrock It really depends on the dog, but yeah the chemicals in dog shampoos aren't really good for them A and B the dog's fur can loose its normal oils and balance and then get think or thick or whatever.
@TrevorGoldley the dog suffers so much but she's being given some sort of a medicine to ease the itchiness on her body and also she is like so obese so that might be one of the reasons haha
@missophiestik Yikes. That doesn't sound good at all...was it just a skin condition, or maybe something having to do with detergent in the water or what? I hope she's alright!
My sister's seven year old Yorkie's body always itches and she would bath her once a week but those days without water the fur would eventually come off little by little until the dog has to be shaved out of all her hair.
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