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How often should a Chihuahua be bathed?

If you’ve got a regular dog around, chances are it hates bath time and would do everything to escape this basic grooming regimen. That’s why furparents find bath time stressful or amusing or a combination of both.

Bathing dogs is important to keep them clean and free from parasites. Bath time is also the perfect opportunity to check on the condition of your dog’s skin and coat to be sure that they are healthy and not having any skin or coat problems. Of course, bathing your dogs makes them smell good and it’s more pleasant to have them close to you that way during your quality time.

Chihuahuas require regular bathing to facilitate the maintenance of their skin and coat. But there’s no need to bath them daily. These sassy little doggos can be given a bath once a week to once in 3 months. The frequency of their bath time would depend on their lifestyle and activity level. The more active their lifestyle, the more frequent they require bathing. It also depends if your chihuahua is a smooth-coat or long-coat variety. Smooth-coated ones require less bath time since they have short hair. Owners should assess how frequently their chihuahua needs a bath. Bathing them is giving them the proper care that they need especially to ensure that their skin remains soft, smooth, and vibrant-looking. Their coat should be lustrous, glossy, soft in texture, and tangle-free. Giving them a regular bath, along with the use of the right bath products, will ensure that their coat stays that way. But be careful not to overbathe your chihuahuas as this can cause their skin to dry and become flaky. A good rule of thumb for bathing your chihuahua should be around 2 to 3 times a month. You can use wipes on their feet, fur, and tushies in between baths to keep them clean and fresh.

To bathe your Chihuahua, you’ll need to have a premium dog-formulated shampoo. Don’t use shampoos made for humans even those for babies because they have a different pH level. You also need a washcloth and dry towel. It would also help to have some treats for them so that they’ll agree to be given a bath. Mind you, some chihuahuas are standoffish when it comes to taking a bath so you’ve got to have from trick and treats under your sleeves. You want to make them comfortable and relaxed during bathtime. You can use a pitcher or bowl to gently pour water over their body. Since they are small, use only a small amount of shampoo. Lather the shampoo all over their body using a washcloth. Take care not to let the shampoo get into their eyes as this will cause them discomfort and pain.  After a few minutes, you can rinse the shampoo from their body thoroughly. Then, wrap them in a dry towel. Now, your chihuahua is fresh and clean!

Whether you bathe your chihuahua once a week or once in 3 months, make sure you make bath time a relaxing time for your furbaby.

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Written by Susan Sullinger

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