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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    As stated a weekly bath is fine, its not frequency that will cause issues, it what you use to bath them with. Human products are a no go, you wouldn't wash your hair with dog shampoo now would you? Their ears can stink even if they dont have an infection. If your dog has floppy ears they need to be addressed at bath times. There are many products out there that will dissolve the ear wax for easy removal (dont be jamming qtips in your dogs ears) to be followed by a drying agent and will leave their ears nice and dry and odor free. Diet can also play a major role. If you are feeding your dog anything that you bought out of a grocery store then change their diet. There isnt a single grocery store brand that is good for your dog, NOT ONE! Most have a main ingrdient of corn and corn gluten. Dogs cannot digest corn and nothing on the face of the planet can digest corn gluten (the left over outer shell after every bit of nutritional value has been removed) Your dog foods first few listed ingredients should be meat. Like chicken, chicken meal etc. Not byproducts which equates to whatever is left that the FDA wont allow them to use for human consumption like ground up feet. Wheat is also not good for dogs and has been linked to allergy promotion in dogs (not just an allergic reaction to wheat but increased reactions to other things especially their skin and coat). Most pet stores have a premium aisle with holistic foods but you will find NONE in the grocery store! Here is a link to a non biased website that provides nutritional information on dog foods with a star rating system. 1 being the lowest and not at all recommended (this is where you will find grocery store brands) and 5 being the highest. Anything 4 stars or more will be better for your dog. He will thank you for it! Also be aware that you should never abruptly change your dogs diet. Start with 1/4 of the new mixed with 3/4 of the old and work your way over to 100% of the new over a 2 week period. I did a lot of research on this becasue my dogs skin was drying out, he was itching a lot and shed more than he should. I was bathing once per week and using premium shampoo. In the end it was the dog food. I now feed him Blue Buffalo Chicken with brown rice for large breeds which is readily available at Pet Smart.

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    He just eats kibble now..

    I used pantene on him and he was fine...very soft and he didnt have a reaction or anything...I just want to know if i can continue to use it as I do not want to damage his coat if its not good for him.
    Could you say what kind of kibble it is? there are a lot of different kinds.

    I never recommend human shampoo for dogs. i know some people have used it frequently and thought their dogs were fine (i dont know first hand, i just know someone on these threads always says they use it and their dogs' coat is healthy), but i have never witnessed it. when i have used human shampoo, it doesnt clean as well, and doesnt leave the coat in the same condition.

    im not sure why people are so into using human shampoos for dogs when there are a million types of dog shampoos out there? can someone please explain this to me?

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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Binkalette View Post
    I bathe my girls every week. On Wednesday actually. It -will not- dry out their coat if you use a good quality shampoo. You want something that is Soap free and Chemical free.. My favorites are made by Eqyss and Buddy Wash. Also be sure to rinse ALL of the soap out.. rinse rinse rinse. Most owners don't know how to rinse thoroughly enough, leaving soap on the fur will not only dry the heck out of fur, but it will make them itchy. It is honestly a myth that bathing too much will dry out the coat. Just like everything in life, it just needs to be done right. Done incorrectly you'll have problems.
    Awwww your girls are darling. So Cute.
    Your going to find that many of the truths we cling to, depend greatly on our own point of view.

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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    I use this shampoo/conditioner: http://www.yorkieshampoo.com/

    It is expensive, that is the only negative thing I have found. Scruffs' hair used to look damaged, but after using this shampoo for the past few months it is a lot silkier, and smells so much better. The smell lasts 5-7 days, while Buddy Wash and Rinse that I used before only lasted 1-2. It can be used on any dog though I definitely don't recommend it for dogs over 10 lbs due to the price!! I have emailed the person who makes it (it is made in their home) and she says it can be used on any breed. I wish I took before and after pictures. Even though the first few baths I didn't notice a difference, a few months later his hair is a lot softer! Since it doesn't get rid of the natural oils in dogs coats it can be used more often. I now give baths every 1.5 weeks or two instead of one per week like I used to (as he smells good for longer!).

    We do go out in the rain, mud, water, and he gets drooled on at the dog park, so YES he does smell after this short time!! Being a member of a Yorkie forum, I believe the majority of people there bathe there Yorkies every week or two. Maltese are similar, so I think it is fine as long as you are using a good quality shampoo/conditioner.

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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    He eats Royal Canin Junior 33 kibble...

    I washed him with puppy shampoo that I got from the pet shop, their range is very limited here..and he's been scratching every now and again. So out of the two times I have washed him so far, the human shampoo has worked better.

    As with the quality shampoo and conditioner. can someone recommend one for the maltese that I can purchase in the UK?

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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    Ok, well first off... I don't think that food is very good. Scruffs came to me with itchy, dry skin, which has changed since I switched his food to EVO. He used to eat Royal Canin, which in my opinion is not that great of a food.

    I believe this is the one you feed: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_f...t=1530&cat=all
    It is a 3 star food. I'd switch to a 6 star food if possible. Check out the reviews section.

    Regarding the shampoo, I don't know of any brands, but I'd stay away from the human shampoo. Make sure you use conditioner and rinse thoroughly. I get most of my dog stuff online except the food since most things in stores are over priced and not the best quality (though they usually do have a few good foods/shampoos/etc).

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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    royal canin is not a good food. too much grains, not enough meat

    do not use human shampoo. order your dog shampoo online if you have to.

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    Re: How often CAN I bath my Maltese?

    As a professional groomer, I often (but not always) skip shampoo and only condition dogs who come in for weekly or biweekly baths if they aren't too dirty. If you are using quality products and rinse well, shampoo or no your puppy should be okay. I also agree with the posters who suggested really investigating WHY your puppy is getting so smelly so quickly...

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