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Q. We have 2 Boston Terrier mix dogs both female, 6 and 7 y/o. They go to the groomer often and we use an oatmeal shampoo. They seem to scratch a lot!

Answered By
JESSICA L DESROSIERS

A. An oatmeal or sensitive skin shampoo is best for the delicate coat and skin a dog has. Bostons and other "smushed nose" breeds can often have itchy skin especially around folds and wrinkles where bacteria can grow. Dogs can also get dry skin if they are bathed too often! Giving a bath less often than every two weeks can help the skin and coat return to better health by allowing the natural coat oils to evenly penetrate the skin. In between baths, and for those wrinkly folds, a pet or baby wipe can help keep the skin clean and free of bacteria and yeast that may cause itchiness.


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