Bathing and Shedding

6 replies [Last post]
phoenix_loki's picture
Offline
Joined: 2015-09-07

Pet Profiles

Hey every one, 

I was wondering how often you bathe your dobermans? I've researched and found that they shouldn't need bathing more than once a month if that much, but mine stink! I've had to give them a weekly bath for the past 3 weeks because they just smell stinky. Keep in mind we live in the South where it is hot, so they go out and get sweaty. Mine are also shedding a lot, with my male shedding about 2 or 3 times as much as my female. Does anyone else have a shedding problem? Any suggestion with helping keeping them odor-free (is that possible?)

Dogs generally can blow coat about 2 times a year, but if you think that your male is shedding excessivly, then a trip to the vet may be in order. Ask for a full thyroid panel as low thyroid is very common in this breed. 

You may also want to look at what you are feeding, it can have a big effect on coat and skin health. 

Joined: 2012-10-28

Pet Profiles

Bella gets hosed a lot in summer when it is hot, spot cleaned if the gets a smelly spot from rolling in something and a shampoo with hose/ bath maybe 4 times a year. In winter I will wash her in the walk in shower with hose/ warm water as she is getting just a little fragrant. Usually she is exteremely clean and meticulous about washing her paws etc.

 Your dogs fragrance could be related to their diet, if you want to look at ratings and compare ingredients, look up dogfoodadvisor.com. Remember that though higher quality food costs more you will feed less and potentially save on vets bills.

 

good Luck!

karie's picture
Offline
Joined: 2014-10-10

Pet Profiles

also make sure the food has omega 3 and 6 if not suplement with coconut oil or salmon oil it helps a whole lot with skin and coat !

phoenix_loki's picture
Offline
Joined: 2015-09-07

Pet Profiles

I have them on Diamond Naturals, which is a 4-star on dogfoodadvisor.com. That is pretty much as high as I can go on a teacher salary. They have been on this food since October and I am just now noticing the issue with excessive shedding in him. I was supplementing with coconut oil but the last time, I went too fast and they got a very upset stomach. I've heard about adding sardines to their diet, so I wonder if that would help with the omegas? 

 

As far as the smell, I could be just being oversensitive. They aren't extremely stinky, but it's more like an odor from running around outside.

karie's picture
Offline
Joined: 2014-10-10

Pet Profiles

sardines will help just don't over do it , too many might make them looseie gooseie hahaha.

phoenix_loki's picture
Offline
Joined: 2015-09-07

Pet Profiles

I just bought new dog food that is grain-free so now we are in the process of switching dog food. They really love this new food. Usually after they eat, they don't mess with the dog food bag, but lastnight after they ate, they kept going to the new dog food bag and looking in it wanting more!