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Old 08-20-2013, 01:09 PM   #371
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I never wash our black Lab mix at all anymore. When she was younger and rolled in something nasty, we hosed her off and dried her with a towel, but that's it. Since DH is building the patio, she sometimes gets sand all over her underside so we brush her before she comes in.

I've never washed a cat, either, unless it got into something sticky or smelly, and I can't remember that happening (although I guess it might have decades ago). I think they do a fine job on their own
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #372
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I never wash our black Lab mix at all anymore. When she was younger and rolled in something nasty, we hosed her off and dried her with a towel, but that's it. Since DH is building the patio, she sometimes gets sand all over her underside so we brush her before she comes in.

I've never washed a cat, either, unless it got into something sticky or smelly, and I can't remember that happening (although I guess it might have decades ago). I think they do a fine job on their own
I have washed cat covered in diarrhea. I have flea bathed a cat. That's it. We only washed the Siberian husky when she got in something gross. But, we were told not to wash Siberian huskies.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:52 PM   #373
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I have washed cat covered in diarrhea. I have flea bathed a cat. That's it. We only washed the Siberian husky when she got in something gross. But, we were told not to wash Siberian huskies.
Right. I meant to convey that I only wash our animals when they get really dirty, not as a regular practice. I just don't think it benefits them. Probably makes some owners feel better, though.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:18 PM   #374
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My sense of smell is almost non existent. So when someone claims their pet has that doggie smell, I just don't get it. Aren't dogs supposed to smell like a dog? The next sentence for the pet owner is, "He is getting a bath today!" Why? Because he smells like a dog?
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #375
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Wet dogs smell kinda like wet gym socks And dogs love to roll in whatever stinky stuff they encounter on a walk. I think that's what people usually mean when they don't like the doggy smell.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:53 PM   #376
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I'm lucky, Beagle grooms herself like a cat, and has no discernable doggie smell. My cockers did smell doggie, as do most labs and retrievers I've known.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:17 PM   #377
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I rarely have bathed a dog unless it rolled in dead fish (or something equally disgusting). Dogs that live indoors and are brushed regularly will stay clean. I would wash one of the Saint's neck area because of the drool, but that was a "sponge" bath. Some breeds have oily coats and that can be more noticeable for folks with a sensitive sense of smell. I don't like "lake" smelly dogs (my parents' lab spends a lot of time in the water in the summer, by fall, she's pretty ripe smelling). I am sensitive to the dander of GSDs and dalmatians, so can always pick up the smell of those two breeds. If dogs have skin conditions, bathing with special shampoos is often needed. It takes about 8 days following a bath for the natural oils in a Newfoundland dog's skin to return (don't know about other breeds).
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:28 PM   #378
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Claire, how's it going with Rosebud?

I got a call from the vet today. Shreddy's thyroid numbers are right in the middle of the range for healthy. The nasty cat food is working. I'm still thinking of getting the scan and radioactive iodine.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:25 PM   #379
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Shreddy is doing yoga, while he sleeps. Just regular yoga, not cat level yoga.

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