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Health & Grooming Products for Dogs
Take care of your pet with dog health and grooming products from Orvis. We offer top-quality products to keep your dog clean at home, on the road, and at the campsite. Dog first aid kits for home, hunt, and travel handle mishaps and injuries, and our top-quality dog drying towels and super absorbent mats keep your four-legged friends and your floors looking their best.
How Often Do Dogs Need Baths?
The frequency a dog needs a bath depends on the dog. Does she spend a lot of time outdoors? Is she a digger or swimmer? What type of fur does she have? There is no standard for how often to bathe a dog, but too many baths can cause skin irritation and too few can leave you with an odorous problem on your hands.
In addition to regular grooming, a long-coated dog may need more frequent bathing. A short-coated dog needs fewer baths, but a hairless or crested breed may require bathing more often to keep their skin healthy. Dogs with oily skin may need bathing more often than dry-skinned companions. Monthly nail trimming and ear cleaning are important for your dog’s health. Brushing—daily to weekly, depending on the breed—helps distribute the oils in her skin and remove debris between baths. As to how often to bathe your dog, play it by ear: Bathe her when she seems to need it.
What Routine Care Does My Dog Need?
Keeping an outdoorsy dog clean can be a challenge. While the ideal canine care schedule varies by dog, these health and grooming guidelines can keep your furry friend looking and smelling her best.
Daily to Twice Per Week:
- Wipe dirt and debris from her fur after playing outdoors.
- Check for ticks, especially in warm months when they’re more active.
- Brush a dog with longer fur.
- Gently wipe any discharge from her eyes.
- Follow your veterinarian’s recommendation for brushing your dog’s teeth—many advise brushing every other day.
Weekly to Monthly:
- Brush a dog with short- to medium-length fur, as needed.
- Trim nails when they’re nearly touching the floor—if they click, they’re too long.
- Check paw pads for injury or irritation during each nail trimming.
- Clean her ears monthly, or more frequently if she has excess ear wax or swims regularly.
- Use a flea and tick preventative.
- Administer heartworm prevention treatment as directed by your veterinarian.
Every Three Months:
- Bathe as necessary, generally monthly to no less frequently than every three months.
- Some veterinarians recommend routine deworming treatments; consult your veterinarian.
- Visit the veterinarian for an annual examination, recommended tests, and vaccines.
- Verify that microchip registration and contact information are up to date.
- Check your dog’s tags and collar to ensure identification is legible and accurate.
How Do You Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks?
To stop a flea infestation, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and take steps to give the invaders the boot:
- Bathe your dog, and then use a flea comb to remove fleas and eggs from her fur.
- Wash all blankets and bedding—dog and human—as well as bathroom mats and entryway rugs.
- Vacuum all carpets thoroughly, paying close attention to the corners of rooms and underneath furniture.
- Steam cleaning carpets may be necessary during a stubborn infestation.
- Keep your pets up to date on preventative treatments to break the flea life cycle.
The great outdoors is crawling with biting bugs; fleas, ticks, and other insects are all vying for a nibble. Protect your dog against tick-borne illness or get a flea infestation under control with regular flea and tick protection. Opt for veterinarian-recommended flea repelling products which are tested to ensure efficacy and safety.