How often should you bathe your Chihuahua? This question frequently comes up during a routine pet care consultation and has a bunch of different answers.
If you are wondering if it is okay to bathe your Chihuahua every week, then here are a few tips to consider when making that decision.
Is It Okay to Give My Chihuahua a Bath Once a Week?
In brief, the answer is: YES, but not more than twice a week. Routine bathing and grooming are necessary for Chihuahuas.
Bathing your Chihuahua will give you a chance to inspect him for any skin irritations, lesions, ticks, and stings on his coat. They are more visible with wet fur.
This is especially true if your Chihuahua is an active dog and lives an adventurous lifestyle.
You can bathe your dog once a week if you notice his coat is dirty. This is all the more important if your dog is fond of soiling his coat by rolling his body over stinky substances such as urine, feces, mud and dead animals.
That said, don’t bathe him more than once a week and use ONLY dog shampoo on him.
This is because the skin of Chihuahuas is delicate and can become dry and flaky if he bathes frequently.
Unless your Chihuahua spends most of his time outdoors, which will require weekly bathing, you can stretch the interval between baths to maybe once every month.
As an alternative to a bath, you can also use a moistened paper towel to clean his coat, paws, and belly to help him stay clean between baths.
Avoid using baby wipes that have a fragrance or anything containing alcohol. Regularly brush your Chihuahua’s coat to keep it sleek and glossy, especially if he has a long coat.
What’s the Best Way to Wash a Chihuahua?
Despite Chihuahua’s small size, they can get a bit stinky from time to time.
And since they are so small, you can easily bathe them in a sink.
During the baths, you should also perform some delicate spot cleaning on your Chihuahua to keep him clean.
To bathe your Chihuahua, follow these steps:
- Make sure he is clean by brushing him first to get rid of any tangles.
- Place him in the kitchen sink or bathroom tub, taking care to ensure that he will not be able to jump out of it.
- Gently drench him with lukewarm water using either a sprayer or a small bucket.
- You must ONLY use dog shampoo and avoid using human shampoo, including baby shampoo. Dog shampoos have a pH balance that is suitable for your dog’s skin and will not irritate it.
- Begin by lathering up the neck, then proceed to the back. Don’t forget to clean his paws as well.
- Don’t wash his face with shampoo, he’ll be pissed. Keep water out of his ears to prevent him from freaking out. Cotton balls worked well for my Chihuahua when I used them to clean his ears.
- Make sure you rinse him well with warm water several times until the water runs clear.
- Pat him dry with a big, thick towel. You can also use a hair dryer at extremely low heat to dry his coat.
- If you allow him to shake and roll to dry up, he should be made to rest in a warm place while he dries up.
Is It Safe to Use Human Shampoo on My Dog?
The use of human shampoo on dogs upsets the pH balance, which leaves your dog susceptible to parasites, bacterial infections and viruses.
Moreover, it causes his coat to feel dull and brittle, resulting in constant scratches and rubbing. This makes it an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.
What Can I Use to Wash My Dog If I Do Not Have Dog Shampoo?
You can wash away the oils that accumulate on your dog’s coat and skin with dish detergent since it cuts through grease and along with white vinegar, which has antibacterial and deodorant properties, this mixture will keep his coat looking clean and glossy.
DIY Shampoo: A Simple 3-Ingredient Recipe
The way to prepare the DIY shampoo would be to prepare approximately 2 cups of warm water and mix it with 1/4 cup of nontoxic dish soap and 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
Fill a spray bottle with all the ingredients and shake it well. Spray the shampoo on your dog’s coat after wetting his coat with warm water.
Massage the shampoo into the coat until it forms a thick and creamy lather. Rinse him thoroughly and repeatedly before you dry him.
Does Your Chihuahua Need Conditioner?
It is tempting to leave out the conditioner when bathing your chihuahua just to speed up the process.
However, conditioners can help seal the hair cuticles after washing. This assists in detangling the fur of dogs with long coats which tend to be tangled.
Following are some recommended dog conditioners on the market to keep your pet’s coat healthy and shiny.
- Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Conditioner
- Warren London Butter Dog Conditioner
- Burt’s Bees for Dogs Oatmeal Conditioner
- Veterinary Formula Moisturizing Dog Conditioner