My female Pitbull just had her first litter about 2 weeks ago. When can I give her a bath and what should I use to bath her with?
No dogs can remain clean and well groomed without proper care from its owners. Care would include regular bathing, combing, brushing, nail trimming and teeth cleaning. All dogs give off a particular “doggy” odor while the skin secretes a waxy substance that tends to cling in their hair and collar. If such grooming is needed in ordinary circumstances, extra care should be provided to female dogs that have just given birth. Normally after whelping, dams clean their pups and themselves before settling down to nurse. They can be freshened up with a sponge bath and put in nice clean bedding. A heat pad can be placed under a wooden whelp box to provide a nice, radiant heated whelping box floor. This lessens the possibility of hurting the puppies when they get caught down under the bedding when the heat pad is placed inside the whelp box. In the usual bathing of dogs, many commercial dog soaps and shampoos are available with some containing ingredients that kill fleas and other insects. Soap