How Often Should You Bathe Your Pet?

A cute little terrier breed dog taking a bubble bath with his paws up on the rim of the tub

The thought of bathing your dog or cat can make you worried about how you’re going to get them in the tub, but surprisingly, some pets like to bathe. It’s rare for a cat for enjoy it, and trying to put your cat into a bath full of water could be cause for a visit to casualty for you, but many dogs don’t really mind it so much. If your dog, and sometimes even your cat, is bathed regularly when they’re young, they become used to them.

Bathing Your Dog

If you make bath time a pleasant experience from a young age, your dog will learn to associate it with fun. How often you bathe them depends on the type of dog, whether they regularly get dirty outside, if they have any skin conditions, and your personal preference. Some dogs are just extra smelly, and as long as you use a mild shampoo, there’s no reason why you can’t bathe them a couple of times a week as long as it doesn’t stress them.

The Benefits of Bathing Your Dog

No matter how often you bathe your dog, always use a very mild shampoo so you don’t dry out their skin and strip their coat of natural oils. Bathing not only keeps him clean and well-groomed; it also gives you a chance to bond with them and check for bumps, lumps, scratches and other conditions you might not otherwise know about, especially if your dog is very hairy or fluffy.

Some skin conditions or allergies may benefit from bathing regularly with a medicated shampoo specifically made for the condition.

Tips for Bathing Your Dog

It’s important that your dog sees bath time as a positive experience where they spend time with you and enjoys themselves.

Stick to the same routine every time, and make sure you have everything you need before you place them in the tub. Try to keep them calm so they don’t slip and hurt themselves, and use warm water, not too hot. When you’re rinsing the shampoo off, don’t pour water into their eyes or ears. Use a soft cloth to wipe their face clean so they don’t get shampoo or water in their eyes, ears or nose.

Go Professional

If you don’t like the thought of bathing your dog, but they still need to get clean, consider using a professional dog groomer. You can also get their nails and hair clipped if necessary.

Pet Health Rockingham

Your pet’s health and comfort are our top priority, and Port Kennedy Vets is open every day of the week for your convenience. We also offer a pet grooming service for your dog or cat, so call 08 9524 6644 or contact us online for any enquiries or health concerns regarding your pet. Our wellness programs make pet care easier, and with affordable monthly payments, they’re an investment in the health and wellbeing of your beloved pet.

7 Foods You Shouldn’t Feed to Your Pet

Little white maltese dog and food ingredients toxic to him

Our pets are often part of the family, and we like to make them happy by offering them the same food we eat. However, pets are not humans, and their metabolism is very different to ours.

What’s just fine for us to eat can be toxic and even deadly to your pet, so you need to be aware of the foods you should never feed them. It’s also important to look at the ingredients as they differ from product to product. Therefore, one type of food might be fine to give to your pet while another contains something toxic like artificial sweeteners.

To keep your pets safe, read our list of seven things you shouldn’t feed your pet.


Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs because it contains theobromine, an ingredient in cocoa that can cause seizures, internal bleeding, and even heart failure in large quantities. Many dogs and cats love sweet things, so be sure to keep the chocolate out of reach.


Not all fruit is good for everyone. Grapes, sultanas, currants, raisins and any other dried grape product are highly toxic to dogs. Just a few grapes can cause kidney failure and even death in a small dog.


Delicious, creamy avocado is best kept for the humans in your family. Avocado contains persin which is toxic to many animals, and it can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs.

Cooked Bones

Many people don’t think twice about giving cooked bones to their dogs and cats, but they can be fatal. Small cooked bones, especially chicken and other poultry bones, can splinter more easily and cause punctures in the animal’s digestive tract. Larger, raw bones are safe for dogs as long as they don’t have small, sharp pieces.


Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in sugar-free chewing gum and lollies, and they can sometimes be found in other products such as peanut butter and baked goods. It’s important to check the ingredients list on any processed food you give your pet, as xylitol is toxic to pets and can cause seizures and vomiting.


Many cats and dogs are lactose intolerant, and milk and dairy products can cause bloating, gastric distress, diarrhoea and other problems. Small amounts of cheese can often be given and are well-tolerated. If you’re unsure, start off with just a tiny amount and see how your pet handles it.

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic can cause damage to the red blood cells and, eventually, anaemia in pets. Both raw and cooked onions pose a threat, but your pet is unlikely to eat them alone; it’s when they’re hidden in other things like stews and soups that you have to be careful of.

Vet Clinic Port Kennedy

Your pet’s health and comfort are our top priority, so if your pet accidentally eats something they shouldn’t, bring them in to the vet clinic at Port Kennedy Vets for treatment. Call 08 9524 6644 or contact us online for any enquiries or health concerns regarding your pet. Our wellness programs make pet care easier, and with affordable monthly payments, they’re an investment in the health and wellbeing of your beloved pet.