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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To Bathe or Not to Bathe Your Husky

To Bathe or Not to Bathe Your Husky

Recently, I wrote a blog post on husky hair! If you have recently brought home a husky or have had one in the past, you know all about the crazy amounts of hair that can be left behind! In that post I went over all of the various brushes that I use to keep Luna looking lovely and my home a little less hair filled. 
Going along the same grooming lines, today I want to talk about bathing your husky.
Bathing your dog can help to control dander and with many breeds that makes it easier to own them even if you are allergic. With huskies, they are a low odor breed which puts them in the low-allergy category, however, they are not hypo-allergenic as they do have doggy dander. 

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Headed to the Park!
Having owned many different types of breeds of dogs, I have found that the majority of them can handle a bath a month or even more frequently without it creating dry skin issues. Huskies are completely different though. With huskies, it is instinctive for them to clean/groom themselves similarly to cats. They like to stay clean and they are known to have very sensitive skin so when you over-bathe them they will get dried out and itchy! 

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Getting dirty at the Universal City dog park!
It is generally recommended to only bathe your husky once to twice a year, which if your husky is anything like Luna, may seem way too infrequently.  I have found some solutions to help though and I am going to pass them onto you so you can also keep your husky clean, happy and healthy!
  • Brushing
    • Make sure you are brushing your husky at least once a week, refer to my post for the best way to go about doing that. It is all about creating a habit, if you are consistent in combing through your huskies luscious locks they will eventually enjoy the grooming. The bristle brush is great for giving that smooth, shiny look on their coat so I definitely recommend that for a finishing comb through.
  • Wet Wipes
    • Baby wipes or the special puppy wipes work fantastically for spot cleaning when they get into the mud! Just pull out a wipe and hit the dirty spot. They work really well on the white paws and faces too, getting that fur looking the right color! You can also rinse them off with a hose when they get good and muddy, just don't use any soap because that will leave them dry and flaky!
  • Body Spray
    • You can keep your pup smelling fresh everyday with hydrating body sprays that are specially designed for dogs like Pro-Sense Odor Eliminating Freshening Spray. That is the spray that I use for Luna and yes, it took a little while for her to sit still and let me spray her down but she has gotten used to it. This one has Aloe Vera which can help soothe your puppy's skin and leave it soft. You can try out all sorts of different scents to find the one that works best for your dog! 

When it comes to keeping your husky looking clean, these steps go a long way to making it between bath times and if all else fails and they are just crazy dirty, try a gentle shampoo that emphasizes moisturizing agents, they are less likely to leave your pup feeling dried out and itchy. Always keep a close eye on them after using new shampoo or spray products for over scratching, if they have a reaction you will want to take them to the vet! 

Here are some other articles that can help you out when it comes to your husky!

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