I just brought home my 1 month old Yorkie and was told I should not bath her untill she has had all her shots! That is 2 months from now and she is stinky! they said to spray her with doggy perfume...but that doesn't seem right. Is this advice overly catious or can I give her a wash down with some shampoo?? I dont want to make her sick, but I honestly dont see how a little water and shampoo would do that.
I see no reason whatsoever why you can't wash your puppy. Perhaps they meant not to take her to the groomers before she's had all her shots? Both my dogs got a bath on their first day home with no ill effects :)
***Edited By: Keesha63 on 9/13/2006 7:58:08 AM*** Reason: typo
Just curious as to where you got your 4 week old puppy. What breeder in their right mind would sell a puppy at such a young age when it should stay with its mother until at least 8 weeks of age.
Puppies learn all their lessons from mom and siblings and it is never a good idea to take a baby from mom before 8 weeks of age, preferably even a little older than that.
Whatever the case, you could have potential behavior problems in the future. I know that any dog at any age can have behavior problems, but you are asking for trouble with a 4 week old puppy that should still be nursing at that age and learning valuable lessons from the siblings. Wish you all the best of luck.
How and when to bathe puppies varies depending upon the breed and coat type of your dog, as well as the puppy’s lifestyle and “mud puddle index”. This is an important thing to ask your vet about at a check up.
In general, puppies should not be bathed before 6 weeks of age. If your puppy gets messy before this time, use a warm washcloth to gently wipe the area and ensure it dries thoroughly to avoid chills.
When you do bathe your puppy, make sure that you use an unscented puppy shampoo and warm water in a warm room, and have a warm air dryer available to dry him off afterwards. It is also important to use special care of the ears, eyes and nose at this age, ensuring that no water or shampoo finds its way into these areas.
Be sure to go slow, and praise your puppy for his bravery every step of the way, to ensure this is the beginning of a wonderful bonding experience for both of you!
I always bathe any new comers to my house the day or so when they arrive. An 8 week old pup can be bathed with no problems, just be sure to dry thoroughly and keep it in a warm draft free place while drying.