As you know, I’m a big fan of having my clients frequently bathe their pets. One of the secrets to my success in using natural therapies to help pets with skin disease is to prescribe a regimen of frequent bathing. The more frequently pets are bathed, the less need for conventional medications like steroids or antibiotics.
For pets without skin disease, I recommend bathing your pet at least whenever the pet gets dirty or smelly, on average at least weekly.
Some pets (most of my patients!) should be bathed more frequently. For example, those pets with skin diseases (allergies, infections, ringworm, mange, etc.) should be bathed more often, even daily if necessary. When using organic shampoos (such as those I developed in my Dr. Shawn’s Organics TM line,) it is unlikely that you will dry out your pet’s skin or hair even when bathing the pet frequently.
I have discovered that when my patients with skin diseases are bathed frequently, they usually do not require conventional medications in the treatment of their skin diseases. When they do require conventional medications, they usually require much less medication due to their frequent bathing schedule using Dr. Shawn’s Organics TM shampoos.
And don’t forget about the important health benefits to you and your family members when you bathe your pets frequently.
Pets that are bathed frequently are cleaner and less likely to cause you and other members of your family to suffer unnecessarily from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems.
Think of it this way. Your pet’s hair acts like a rug, trapping dirt, bacteria, fungi, and allergens. Allergens are foreign proteins such as dander, house dust mites, saliva, bug droppings, molds, and tree and grass pollens. These allergens stay on your pet’s skin and hair until they are washed away. The longer they stay on your pet’s skin and hair, the more likely they are to cause your pet to itch. And if you or any family members suffer from allergies or chronic respiratory problems, your pet’s skin and hair serve as an important source of your discomfort until these allergens are washed away. Therefore, I recommend bathing your pet frequently if your pet or any of your family members suffers from allergies or respiratory problems.
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