How often should you wash your dog in hot weather? (Image: GETTY STOCK)
A: Dogs don’t need bathing all that often.
Their skin naturally produces just the right amount of oil to keep their coats glossy.
So as a rule I would suggest occasional bathing only when the dog gets muddy or if there is a smell that you want to rein in.
For this your vet can advise on a mild shampoo that won’t lead to problems.
However, there are skin conditions that need frequent bathing.
Some produce either an oily, smelly coat (seborrhoea oleosa) or a dry, lifeless coat (seborrhoea sicca).
Sometimes washing your dog can give them skin problems (Image: GETTY)
I don’t think your dog will suffer any ill-effects from showering during the hot weather.
Shampoos for oily coats are called sebolytic and clear excess grease.
Dry coats need a veterinary moisturising shampoo or a specific veterinary shampoo for the cause of the problem, plus moisturiser.
Examination is essential for diagnosis so that the correct shampoo is used.
That said, I don’t think your dog will suffer any ill-effects from showering during the hot weather.
David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital for Animals. Write to him at Express Yourself, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN. He is unable to enter into individual correspondence.