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How Often Should I Give My Dog a Bath?

Bathe me nowSome dogs just can’t resist rolling in mud, dirt or worse. Obviously, this means bath, stat! But outside of these dirt emergencies, how often should you give your dog a bath? Do they really need baths?

Just like people, some dogs can get a bit stinky without a regular bath. On the other hand, some dogs do just fine with a regular wipe down to remove dirt and grit. (We don’t recommend this approach for people.) Baby wipes are perfect for daily cleaning of the coat, paws and muzzle. They’re gentle and won’t cause irritation.

A good rule of thumb is to give your pet a bath once a month in the tub or shower, using warm water and a gentle dog specific shampoo, or you can use baby shampoo. If they have an underlying skin condition or allergies, you may need to bathe them more often with a medicated shampoo. Use a soap free or moisturizing formulation so their skin doesn’t get dried out. Your vet or groomer can recommend the type that’s right for your pooch. Never bathe your dog more than once a week unless it’s recommended by your vet.

Dog BathWhile you’re bathing your dog, take special care to note any lumps, bump or skin changes that could indicate a health problem. If you find something of concern, be sure to let your vet know.

How to Dry Your Pet After Bathing

Rinse well, and dry with soft towels. Some dogs will allow you to use a hairdryer on a warm/cool setting, while others will freak out or consider it playtime. If you use a hair dryer, be sure to keep the nozzle at least 18 inches away to prevent overheating or burns. Whatever your dog’s preference, just dry them the best you can, and enjoy their after bath antics. Be sure they’re dry before going outside, or you’ll most likely be headed right back to the tub!

Not into the do-it-yourself dog bath? Regular grooming appointments can help keep your pet looking and smelling great! To find one of our 15 AZ PetVet Grooming locations, click here.

10 Fun Facts for National Penguin Awareness Day

Penguin Awareness Day10/ Penguins are one of around 40 species of flightless birds.

9/ There are 17 species of penguins – 13 are endangered species, with several in danger of extinction.

8/ Male and female penguins look alike.

7/ Penguins do not have teeth. Instead they have spines on their beak and tongue to help them grip their prey.

6/ Penguin nesting areas are called “rookeries.”

5/ Penguins can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes before needing to surface for another breath.

4/ All penguins species are native to the Southern Hemisphere.

3/ Penguins pant like dogs to prevent overheating.

2/ Some Prehistoric penguins were as large as people!

1/ A king penguin who lives in the Edinburgh Zoo was knighted. His official name is “Brigadier Sir Nils Olav.”

Walk Your Pet Month

Walk your pet mIt’s a new year full of resolutions. If you’re like most people, your resolutions probably include something about fitness, weight loss or getting healthier, so why not include your best friend? Dogs are the perfect personal trainers, and January is National Walk Your Pet Month, so it’s time to throw out excuses, throw on a coat or sweater and head outside to take your pooch for a walk.

Young dogs often need at least an hour of exercise each day, while some breeds may need more. Age and fitness levels determine how long and vigorous your outing should be.

Benefits of Walks for You and Your Pet

Improved Health – everyone knows regular exercise helps improve your overall health, and it’s true for your dog, too. Regular exercise reduces stress levels and risk factors for many chronic health conditions in both pets and people.

Weight Control: Inactivity breeds excess weight. The easiest way to get regular exercise is to get outside and take a walk. You can always start off with shorter walks and build up to longer excursions. You’ll be glad you did.

Improved Digestion: Believe it or not, regular walks can help with digestion and constipation. Don’t forget to bring a bag to pick up any waste from your dog.

Reduce Destructive Behavior: Dogs that get regular walks are less likely to engage in destructive behaviors, which are often a result of boredom. Regular walks also keep you from vegging out on the sofa.

Relaxation & Better Sleep: Burning off excess energy with a daily walk helps calm excitable pets, and promote better sleep habits.

Socialization: There is an old song from Sesame Street that asks the question: Who are the people in your neighborhood? Grab the leash, and get outside with your dog to find out! Each walk is an opportunity for you and your pet to meet other dogs and people, and to improve confidence.

Five Pawsitive Health Effects of Pets

shutterstock_310796843Every year, people make all kinds of resolutions to lose weight, get healthier, get more exercise, and get outside more. One of the best ways to get started is to get a pet. Many scientific studies have proven that pets can have a “pawsitive” effect on your overall health. Did you know: 

Pets can improve your physical fitness: Even small changes can help improve your fitness. Play time along with simply getting up and down to let your pet in and out can be a workout, depending on the pet. Even better? Take them outside for regular walks, or to the park where they can play and run with other dogs. One other bonus – it’s good for your pet’s health, too!

Pets are natural mood enhancers: Studies show that pet owners are generally happier and less lonely than people without pets. A faithful pet companion can provide you with years of unconditional love, and their cuteness factor will definitely lift your spirits!

Pets can help lower your blood pressure: Just petting an animal lowers your blood pressure naturally by increasing levels of oxytocin, a hormone related to emotional bonding that also promotes the feeling of calmness.

Pets can help prevent allergies in children: A clinical study showed that very young children who have been exposed to pets were less likely to develop hay fever, asthma, allergies and eczema as they got older, and had fewer upper respiratory infections than children who had not been exposed to pets.

Pets can help lower your cardiovascular risk: According to the American Heart Association, numerous studies of pet ownership and health risks concluded that pets, particularly dogs, are associated with a reduction in risk and increased survival rates among patients. Pets help lower cholesterol, stress, and blood pressure levels which can help reduce the risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease.