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When to Start Bathing Your Puppy

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 1, 2017
When to Start Bathing Your Puppy

If you have a puppy you probably want to know when is the best time to start bathing them. There are different theories advocated by professionals in the world of veterinary medicine that do not always coincide and that take into account the health and protection of the animal.

At OneHowTo we will show you when to start bathing your puppy explaining you the two theories advocated by veterinarians who watch over the health of your dog.

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Not all vets agree on when to start bathing your puppy because there is a fear that the animal, when it's a puppy, can get cold and become infected with one of the common diseases in dogs: distemper.

This disease is the turning point that makes some veterinarians advise bathing a dog sooner or later. Here we present the theories of industry professionals.


On the one hand, there are veterinarians who believe that it is best to begin to bathe the puppy when the vaccine schedule is complete, i.e., from 4 months.

The distemper vaccine is performed at 2 months, therefore, some veterinarians recommend not to bathe the dog before 4 months, when you're done with the schedule. The reason is that if the dog contracted distemper, this disease can disrupt the dog vaccine schedule and shall cause their defenses to be down.

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On the other hand, there are veterinarians who argue that it is not necessary to have ended the dog's vaccine schedule, you simply must carry out a series of practices to ensure your dog's health is not affected by the bath. These practices are that, after bathing the dog, you should dry his fur correctly and completely to prevent the dog from getting a cold and contracting distemper.

To dry the coat deep down, it is advisable to use a large towel and a dryer that will get your dog clean with no risk of disease. But: if you're using the dryer note that has to be within 30 inches of the animal's body as it could cause burns.

According to these vets, you can begin to bathe the dog whenever you want and if you think your dog needs a wash; but always following the direction of the hair when drying to ensure there are no ill effects for the dog.


Another option is to begin to bathe the puppy with a dry bath; i.e. applying specific products that are designed to clean your dog without the need for water, to the animal's body. This way will prevent your dog from getting cold when in contact with water but gets their fur clean and contributes to their personal hygiene.

The dry baths can be carried out with specific products and you can get it both in pet stores and veterinary clinics. The procedure involves applying the product on the dog and, after minutes, wipe the product with the help of a special brush.

Here we explain how to bathe a dog without water.


However, it is best to consult with your dog's veterinarian who will advise you on when to begin to bathe your dog depending on its age and breed. In addition, you should also be aware that:

  • If you do bathe your puppy avoid doing it in the shower, it's a very large space and your dog can slip; try to do it in bowls or a sink.
  • It is recommended that the water you use to bathe your dog should be at an average temperature of 39°C (102°F).
  • Your dog will need a specific cleansing for their fur, ask your vet to find out what is best for the animal.

If you have just got a puppy you may also want to know when to start taking it for walks.

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