Did you know that feeding table scraps and overfeeding an abundance of dog food and treats can actually harm your pet? It’s important for animals to have the right balance of essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals for their bodies to function properly. Dogs can develop a variety of health problems from overfeeding, like obesity, neurologic diseases, poor bone density, diabetes and heart failure. An obese animal is not a healthy animal; they often have less energy and it is harder for them to get around, go for walks and get up and down stairs. A dog that can run and jump will be much happier and have much better mental and physical health. Obesity can actually shorten a dog's lifespan.
The simple answer to this question of how often to bathe a dog is: how often do you want to bathe your dog? Unless a dog has skin problems or severe allergies, there is no specific need to bathe the dog except to make him a more enjoyable companion. Just like people, some dogs get stinky faster than others. General Dog Bathing Guidelines Dr. Sherry Weaver recommends you bathe a dog with normal skin once a month with dog shampoo or human baby shampoo. If you want to bathe more often than once a month, use a soap-free or moisturizing shampoo to prevent the skin from becoming dry. Do not bathe your dog more than once a week, unless recommended by your vet.