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Three Dogs, One Tub! Let The Cuteness Begin! You Wanna See This.

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Three dogs in one tub equals super cuteness!! You gotta see this adorableness!

Life in the Dog House is a web series about Chris and Mariesa, a newlywed couple living with nine rescue dogs!!

That's a lotta pups!

Those pups obviously get all sorts of dirty, and we all know what that means…

Bath time!!

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World's Cutest Baby Elephant Bathes Himself!

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Omg!

Normally it's the tiny animals that are the cutest, but not this time!

This big baby elephant was taking a bath in the smallest little pool — and he's loving every minute of it.

He is just too cute! We wanna play with him before he gets big enough to step on us.

Check out the video (above) to watch the little big guy splashing around.

Too cute.

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World's Cutest Baby Sloths' Bath Time

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Out of all the times for baby sloths, baby sloth bath time seems to be the cutest.

These insanely cute little guys get a nice shampoo in a leaf-infused tea bath that cleans dirt out of their fur and also keeps them bacteria and parasite free!

After bath time, which can be a little stressful for some of the sloths, they are treated to hibiscus flowers, which is like chocolate to sloths.

So cute! We wanna bathe a baby sloth!

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Q&A: How Often To Bathe A Dog

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Everyone knows it's not good if you never give your dog a bath. But how much bathing is too much?

TeddyHilton.com reader, Katie, wrote in to Dr. Patrick Mahaney:

Can you put something up about how often is ok to give your dog a bath? I have heard you should only wash them once a month because you could dry out their skin. But, my dog gets dirty fast with trips to the dog park and I like to give him a bath every wknd. Is this ok?

Also, here's another one regarding flea and tick medicine. I know you should put it on every month. What if you forget to put it on after 30 days and apply the next dose 45 days later? Is the medicine still working for those 15 days or are you risking it? thanks for your help!!

Katie

Dr. Patrick responded:

Katie,

Thank you for your questions.

There is never an exact number of times that one should bathe their dog, as each dog is unique and the need for frequency of bathing is determined by many factors. Shedding breeds tend to need less frequent bathing than non-shedding breeds as their pieces of dirty hair just fall out.

If your dog frequently goes to the dog park and gets dirty, then I recommend bathing on an "as needed" basis. Dog park dirt often contains fecal material from dogs owned by less than responsible owners who neglect to pick up after their pooch. If your dog rolls around in the dog park dirt or mud, then you, other dogs, or family members could be at risk to come in contact with bacteria, parasites, or viruses that have adverse health consequences.

I have a Welsh Terrier, Cardiff, who gets bathed approximately every 7 days. If you use a moisturizing, pet appropriate shampoo, then a weekly bath is fine. Washing doesn't necessarily dry out the skin, but it does remove some oil, debris, bacteria, skin cells, and other material from the skin's surface.

Regarding flea and tick medication. It is best to follow the manufacturer's recommended guideline if you live in an area with a heavy flea and tick burden. If there is a delay in the next product application, then there may be a period of time your pet is susceptible to flea or tick infestation. At the same time, remember that such topical treatments are not force fields and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, and other insects) can still get onto your pet's skin (pending the product).

My recommendation is to keep your pet's skin surface and home environment as clean as possible to reduce the likelihood fleas and other insects can take up residence in carpet, bedding, and other fabrics. In keeping the environment cleaner (and not taking your pet places where insects thrive), you may be able to reduce your pet's need for application of a topical.

Good luck,
Dr PM

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