‘I thought Huskies are self-cleaning. Do they get that dirty?’
I’m excited for you to find out!
So read on to discover:
- 13 effective and simple tips to keep your Husky clean.
- What to do when it’s not your Husky’s bath time yet but they are dirty.
- Several alternatives when your Husky hates getting their pearly-whites brushed.
- And many more…
Table of contents
- How to keep your Husky clean?
- 13 effective and simple tips to keep your Husky clean
- #1: Brush your Husky regularly
- #2: Bathe your Husky when necessary
- #3: Brush teeth regularly
- #4: Give your Husky chew toys
- #5: Clean your Husky’s paws
- #6: Wipe your Husky when dirty
- #7: Clean those ears
- #8: Keep your Husky’s bum and bum hair clean
- #9: Use dry shampoo or cornstarch
- #10: Keep beddings clean
- #11: Do a waterless bath
- #12: Clip or trim your Husky’s nails
- #13: Stay away from muddy areas
How to keep your Husky clean?
Keep your Husky clean by brushing their coat, wiping their paws, and brushing their teeth. It’s also vital to bathe them, wipe their ears, and trim their nails. Their bum area shouldn’t be neglected as well. Because a Husky clean from head to tail is a healthy and happy dog.
13 effective and simple tips to keep your Husky clean
#1: Brush your Husky regularly
Brushing is perhaps the most effective way to keep Huskies clean.
They don’t need frequent baths, and they do a great job of grooming themselves.
That may be so, but it doesn’t mean you should skip on brushing your dog. Sticking to a strict routine prevents dirt buildup in your Husky’s coat.
You also prevent the formation of mats and tangles, which could irritate or even hurt your Husky.
What a brushing routine should be like
There are two types of shedders:
- Blowing of coats, which happen in the spring and in the fall.
- Normal shedding, which happens throughout the year.
When a Husky blows their coats, the amount of shed fur will shock you. It could be frightening if you’re a new Husky parent.
But fear not. Huskies shed their undercoat, sometimes in clumps.
During this period, it is absolutely necessary to brush them. Daily. If you don’t, loose fur will trap moisture, dirt, and debris.
You’ll end up with a dirty and foul-smelling dog.
When they’re not blowing their coats, brush them 2 to 3 times a week.
If you stick to this routine, your Husky will reap the benefits. Their coat will look clean and healthy. And they won’t smell bad.
#2: Bathe your Husky when necessary
Fortunately, Huskies are self-cleaning dogs. You only need to bathe them 2 to 3 times a year.
Maybe even less if they are not smelly.
Baths will give your Husky a thorough cleaning. Plus, it loosens a lot of fur that they’ll eventually shed.
A bath always leaves your pooch smelling like flowers. And sparkly fresh and clean.
But bathing them often does more harm than good.
Frequent bathing strips the skin of protective oil. As a result, their skin becomes dry.
And dry skin is the start of many skin problems.
So keep bathing to a minimum. Besides, when you keep up with regular brushing, Huskies remain fairly clean.
#3: Brush teeth regularly
A Husky’s mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria.
But some Husky owners neglect or forget about their dog’s dental health. This can lead to serious problems later on.
Dogs, in general, use their mouth all the time. Thus, it needs to be at full health so they can chew and grip using their teeth.
Frequency of brushing
How often should you brush your Husky’s teeth?
In a study of 12 Beagles, one group was brushed 7 times a week. Another was brushed 3 times a week. A third group was brushed once a week.
The researchers found out that 3 times a week was enough to keep teeth healthy. Brushing once a week led to inflammation.
In more recent studies, researchers have a new suggestion. In this study, tooth daily brushing leads to lower numbers of oral bacteria.
Another study had a similar result. Frequent brushing was effective at preventing plaque and tartar accumulation. In addition, frequent brushing can prevent pre-existing gingivitis from worsening.
Some Husky owners find it overwhelming to brush their Husky daily. If you’re one of the, you can brush your Husky’s teeth every other day.
But make sure not to fall under 3 times a week.
Note: Not all Huskies love to have their pearly-whites brushed. They will run away at the first sight of a toothbrush.
Not this good boy, though:
#4: Give your Husky chew toys
Your Husky hates getting their teeth brushed? Is it always a struggle to get them to stay put so you can clean their teeth?
If that’s the case, give them chew toys, bones, or chew sticks. This Vanfine squeaky toy has grooves and nubs to help keep teeth clean.
You can also give them Dentastix to help prevent tartar and plaque.
Warning: Don’t leave your Husky alone when chewing a toy or Dentastix. They might be able to chip off huge pieces that are choking hazards.
Another option is to bring your Husky to a vet. They can give your Husky a thorough cleaning of teeth.
#5: Clean your Husky’s paws
Don’t forget about your Husky’s trotters!
These are probably the dirtiest parts of their anatomy. No wonder, as these are their first contact to the ground.
And when they walk, their paws are a magnet for things you cannot see. I’m talking about microorganisms.
Paws also pick up dirt and debris. These get stuck between the toes.
A potpourri of microorganisms, dirt, sweat, and dog saliva result in a corn chip smell.
It’s rare when a corn chip smell spells trouble. But some Huskies develop an overgrowth of bacteria.
Or a combination of bacteria and yeast. This leads to inflammation.
This is called pododermatitis. This requires the attention of your vet.
But if it’s just a normal corn chip smell, it can go away by cleaning your Husky’s paws.
Set a time for a full inspection of your Husky’s paws. You can do it at night, before bedtime.
Check each paw for wounds, lesions, debris, and whatever elements that shouldn’t be there. Either wash with shampoo and water or use dog-safe wipes.
This Pogi’s grooming wipes have aloe vera and vitamin E. Both are good for the skin.
If you choose water, make sure to dry the paws completely.
#6: Wipe your Husky when dirty
Invest in a lot of pet wipes. You’re gonna need ‘em.
In between full baths, give your Husky a wiping down. From head to tail. Over and under.
Use Pogi’s grooming wipes. It’s thick and tough enough to wipe as much dirt as possible. And big enough for a big dog such as a Husky.
It won’t irritate your Husky’s skin because it is hypoallergenic. And you know dogs can get allergies from a lot of things. This wipe is free of parabens and alcohol that could dry skin.
Don’t forget to clean your Husky’s eyes. Gently wipe the eye area to remove discharge.
#7: Clean those ears
A Husky’s ears are one of their body parts that get an infection. Thus, keep them clean and dry.
Thank goodness Huskies’ ears are pointed upright and open. An ear designed like that enables air circulation. Air brings dirt out as it leaves the ears.
Check your Husky’s ears once a week. The inside should be light pink in color without brown patches.
Only clean the ears if there is visible muck. You’ll see this as dark spots. Muck is a buildup of dirt and wax and must be removed.
The best ear cleaning solution
Get those nasties out using an ear cleaner solution. Choose one that doesn’t contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Either of these could easily irritate or dry sensitive skin.
You can try this alcohol-free Vet’s Best ear cleaner kit.
How to clean the ears
- Soak a cotton ball with the solution.
- Squeeze out excess solution.
- Wipe accessible dirty areas using the cotton ball.
You can also use a grooming wipe to remove the accessible areas.
When cleaning the ears, DON’T:
- Use Q-tips. This is to avoid permanent damage to their hearing.
- Go past the ear canal entry point.
- Squirt the solution past the ear canal entry point.
Caution: Always dry the ears after cleaning.
#8: Keep your Husky’s bum and bum hair clean
Did your Husky have a poopsplosion?
Their poop might end up clinging to bum hair. If not cleaned right away, it will dry out.
Or ends up wherever their derriere sits on.
Whenever you give your Husky a wiping down, include their bum and bum hair. Also, wipe the hair under the tail, where it usually touches their bum.
#9: Use dry shampoo or cornstarch
Does your Husky need a ‘boost’ in between baths?
Dry shampoo is useful when your Husky starts to smell a bit. This Arm & Hammer dry shampoo is a nice addition to your dog’s toiletries.
It will leave your Husky feeling fresh and clean.
For skin problems, I suggest using Coat Defense preventative powder. It also works as a dry shampoo to eliminate odor.
No dry shampoo at home? You can use cornstarch.
Sprinkle it over your Husky’s coat and massage it into their skin. Then give their coat a brush.
Makes your Husky clean in a pinch!
#10: Keep beddings clean
Your Husky is a carrier of dirt, muck, and debris.
They carry these things from outside, to furniture and their own bed inside the house.
And if they spend a lot of time on their bed, it could easily get dirty.
Thus, wash your Husky’s bed cover every week. Then vacuum the foam every time you vacuum the house.
#11: Do a waterless bath
Have you tried a waterless bath on your Husky?
A waterless bath doesn’t involve water in cleaning your pet. You either use a liquid waterless shampoo or dry shampoo.
When using a waterless shampoo, spray it into the soiled area of your Husky’s coat. Then use a clean towel to rub the soiled area to remove dirt from the fur.
When the area is clean, allow the shampoo to dry. Then take a rake or a brush and brush your dog’s coat.
#12: Clip or trim your Husky’s nails
Since Huskies love to run, it’s important to keep their nails short. Short nails allow them to move with ease.
With long nails, your Husky may suffer from foot problems. When they walk on hard floors, the surface pushes the nails back against the nail bed.
This could be very painful.
To keep their paws nice and clean, clip the nails once a month.
Here’s Monroe behaving well while getting her nails cut:
#13: Stay away from muddy areas
You know how some Huskies are. They’re gonna roll in mud given the opportunity.
A dog covered in mud is going to take a long while to get cleaned up. Mud could get in every nook and cranny. In the eyes, inside the ears, in the mouth, and in the undercoat.
It’s very difficult to get the mud out from a Husky’s undercoat. You’ll probably spend the whole day making sure your Husky is gunk-free.
For days when you just don’t feel like scrubbing your Husky clean, keep away from muddy areas. A dirty but dry Husky is easier to clean.