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How long after applying advantix can i bathe my dog?
I used the Advantage for 2 weeks and bathed my puppy yesterday. He was soaking wet and a bit oily. He was in the shower for 1.5 hours. Now he has some dry, oily spots but I'm worried he will get a skin infection. Is there anything I can do to help his skin? (I do not want to keep him off from grooming as he will get itchy) He used the product for at least 3 minutes after bathing.
Response from Dr. McGovern
Thank you for your email. Yes, you can bathe your puppy to reduce and/or control the build up of oil, but you may want to consult with your vet regarding your dog's health. In general, there are two issues to address with bathing your pet. First, is the level of soapy product used. The best way to control the build up of oils, is to make sure the product has an effective soapy component. This is usually in the form of surfactant (surfactant is the thing that cleans a material out of the air and water, i.e. the soap), soaps (which are water and surfactant with a soap or detergent in it), detergents (the same thing but with a strong detergent and soap molecule), or enzymes (a detergent component that works against bacteria in the water to kill it). All of these can work, but they also work on skin and hair and fur. If you use too much product, it can potentially damage your dog's skin. Secondly, depending on your dog's personal comfort and haircoat, the length of the bath may be more effective than you anticipate. It may be best to apply Advantage and allow your dog to go through the cleansing process and enjoy the soapy sensation, and then bathe with a less-saturated product the next time. Additionally, if you are interested in doing so, you may consider bathing your dog in a tub rather than the wash basin. The tub is big enough to hold your dog comfortably without having to sit or stand on the dog (it's bigger than a sink) so it keeps him from feeling constrained. If you have a hard time getting the shampoo out of your dog's hair, try using a slicker brush, this is designed to gently remove excess hair on dog fur. It can be purchased at a pet store and will fit most brushes on the market. If your dog is a water baby and has trouble in the tub, try the same method used on a baby, place a towel over his head and hold it tightly to his body. If you have a hard time getting him out of the tub, you can also place a large bowl of warm water on the floor, your dog will like the warmth and he will be more cooperative in getting out of the tub when it's a warm, soapy place.
How to brush:
Brushing is a great way to keep your dog's coat soft and even looking as it grows out. If your dog has a lot of hair, you can use a slicker brush, or even your hands, to gently brush his coat until it looks smooth and manageable. Once you have got a good look at your dog's coat, you can decide on the brush you want to use and follow the instructions below.
A slicker brush is a great tool to give a good looking haircut to your dog. You can easily purchase these on the Internet. You can even purchase a package of brushes for a good price. To brush your dog with a slicker brush, follow the steps below.
Before you start, take a few moments to get familiar with your dog's coat. Do some of it yourself if you do not want to put your hands into your dog's coat.
Clean your slicker brush. You can use soap and water for a simple cleaning, or you can make your brush more effective by putting shampoo on the bristles. Cleaning is optional. Do this for your hair.
Paw off any mats or excess hair on the back of your dog's coat. This may be difficult with long-haired dogs, but is essential with short-haired breeds.
Start combing your dog from the top down. This will take a while for a long-haired dog, and the coat may feel greasy and slick. Use a circular motion and gently stroke your dog with your hands if needed. If you can not get the coat to go the way you want, you may want to try brushing with a slicker brush instead of your hands.
Once the coat is brushed to your satisfaction, use a towel to dry your dog. If your dog's coat is still damp, do not towel him off for the next day.
Use a small piece of cotton to brush your dog's coat once again, this time from the back of his neck toward the front.
Tips &, Warnings
Always be careful to keep your dog off of slippery surfaces. If your dog is a good swimmer, make sure he is out of the water before brushing.
A dog's coat sheds water, and there is a good chance that a wet coat will not be brushed well. If you have a problem with shedding, put a doggie slicker brush on your dog at the start of the season and keep it handy.
You may want to brush your dog's coat more frequently if you have a dry dog.
Never use a slicker brush to brush your dog if you are using shampoo on his coat. The slippery bristles will only make it harder to get the coat even.
What's the best way to brush my dog?
Brushing should not become a burden. You should enjoy brushing your dog as much as possible.
First, try using a slicker brush to brush the coat in back of the neck. Once the coat has been brushed in back of the neck, it is easier to brush the coat from the neck to the shoulders, and from the shoulders to the body.
Next, use a firm bristled brush to brush the body. Start with the paws, moving on to the abdomen, thighs, hips, tail, legs and then back to the arms. Some dogs enjoy being petted with a slicker brush instead of their paws.
If you dog is not shedding, be sure to use a slicker brush at least once a day. If you dog is shedding, keep a slicker brush in your bag at all times, especially during shedding season.
It is helpful to also have a grooming brush on hand when you go to groom your dog.
If you dog is not clean, you may want to do some extra work on his coat during grooming. You can use a slicker brush or a wire comb to pick out dirt and remove extra shed hair.
How much should I brush my dog?
It is best to brush your dog after meals or before bedtime.
As with most grooming tasks, dogs that are brushed more frequently tend to be happier dogs.
Can I change the water in my dog's bowl?
Changing the water will also help make your dog smell better.
If you water bowl is not clean, then you can fill it with warm water to which you have added a few drops of a liquid dishwashing detergent.
However, if you dog bowl is already clean, it is best to just fill it with clean water.
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