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    Default My Dog is Itchy After Washing

    We have 2 young Border Collies. (18 months old)

    I only give them a full wash in our shower once a week.

    (Other times it is just a rinse with water in the shower to get the muck off their paws from being outside.)

    I am using a product called Enviro Pet, Sensitive Skin & Allergy Wash.

    I wash both thoroughly and rinse them and then use the same brand but with conditioner.

    Our Female dog, Molly, has no problems but our boy, Bailey, just itches and scratches all night long. His skin goes dry and develops dandruff.

    This last for a few days and then it starts to get less as his oils come back.

    We feed them Sardines from time to time with their meals to help boost their natural oils.

    Does anyone know what we can use to wash Bailey with so he does not scratch himself silly?

    Perhaps Baby Shampoo?

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    I show my dogs and I only wash them about a week before a show. I groom a lot, but I try to keep washing my dogs with a shampoo to a minimum. My dogs have great coats and do not smell. I will often give them a vinegar rinse after the wash..About a cup to a bucket ( very informal measure, just a slosh).
    Others might think differently, but I think too much washing. I do take my dogs for a lot of swims in fresh water (Lake Hume, Murray River) and blow dry them after that
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    My research into Bullmastiffs has told me to only use shampoos when they are really soiled in somthing otherwise using warm water and a small amount of disinfectant will do the job and not strip any of the oils from the dogs coat or dry out the skin. It might be worth a try with your Border collies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My research into Bullmastiffs has told me to only use shampoos when they are really soiled in somthing otherwise using warm water and a small amount of disinfectant will do the job and not strip any of the oils from the dogs coat or dry out the skin. It might be worth a try with your Border collies.
    Vinegar is the cheapskates (me) disinfectant LOL.........
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    My suggestion would be not to wash them as much, I don't think a wash every week is necessary unless they were constantly dirty/smelly.

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    hi maybe try a medicated shampoo like Maleseb or an oatmeal based shampoo and in my opinion once a month is enough for bathing, weekly is too often. Good luck!

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    I hardly ever wash my dog. Unless she's rolled into something smelly. She goes for swims daily when it's warm and when it's really hot I will pour water over her in the bakcyard. But that's it. I don't see any reason for washing that often.

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    Don't wash more then monthly or you strip the natural oils from their skin too often and it can start some pretty nasty skin conditions, learnt by me the hard way. Aloveen Oatmeal Dog Shampoo & Conditioner it is aloe vera and oatmeal based, very mild and smells great (under $30 for a pack with shampoo and conditioner) works really well is relatively cheap, lasts for ages if you don't go overboard with it and it works even better if you use the conditioner as a leave in (it's safe and is even made to leave in) by just rinsing over with a ltr of warm water.

    I would also be dropping in for a talk to the vet if it continues more then a few days/week after a soothing wash just in case he has an allergy or something else going on that is causing the itch. Personally I wouldn't use human shampoo or conditioner even more so if they have sensitive skin. To clean in between we wet a chamois and rub some of the Aloveen conditioner in to it and just wipe down the dogs, we have both a long and short coat dog and it works well no smelly dog even works on the cats lol
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    Ruby gets washed Once a week.. She has to be washed that often or she is a stinky Grub!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Ruby gets washed Once a week.. She has to be washed that often or she is a stinky Grub!
    But I bet you Ruby hasn't got sensitive skin lol how I learnt was by washing one of our dogs so well he got a nasty like dermatitis condition that started as flaky skin, and it pretty much spread all over his body and continued sort of looked like mange even spread after I stopped washing him so often, then he ended up with skin so sensitive he started getting allergies, was like a nightmare because the itchier he got the more I washed him and then he would scratch himself raw vicious circle, it took over 12 months before his skin healed so now after listening and learning from the vet and the skin specialists I will never wash more then once a month I felt horrible enough the first time
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