best-dog-bath-health-care-pet-wellness-group Why pets need baths

The purpose of the bath is to remove dirt, dead skin cells, scales, wound debris, ectoparasites (e.g.fleas) and toxic or irritating materials.

Planning a safe bath for Fido or Fluffy

There are a few guidelines that will help you and your pet enjoy bath time.

  1. Clear the time needed in your schedule to give the bath. This needs to be your sole focus and so clearing distractions and choosing not to answer the phone are part of a safe bathing plan for your pet.
  2. Always stay with your pet when they are in the bathtub. If left alone, they may try to jump out, causing severe injuries because of the wetness and slippery soapiness. By the same rule, if they are tied up and left alone in a bath they could get tangled up and suffocate or drown.
  3. To decrease your injuries as well as scratches to tubs and floors, trim cat and dog nails before bathing.
  4. Ensure that you have an easy method for rinsing your animal, either using a small bucket to pour water or an extendable hose from your shower.

How to Bath your Pet:

  • Trim toenails and brush out the coat. Any tangles or knots will become very difficult to remove after they are wet

  • Apply mineral oil to the eyes to protect them from the shampoo.

  • Monitor the water temperature to ensure that it is neither too hot or too cold.

  • Read the directions on the pet shampoo bottle. It will tell you if it is appropriate for the specific condition of your pet and will tell you of any special instructions.

  • Do NOT use human shampoo. It is too harsh on the animals skin and may cause dryness or other skin conditions/reactions

  • Wet the pet thoroughly. Apply shampoo and lather all over the body, avoiding the eyes, nose and mouth (For larger pets, wash, lather and rinse in sections). Take care around the head so you don’t frighten them

  • Leave any medicated shampoos on the coat for no less than 5 and no more than 15 minutes

  • Rinse, Rinse, Rinse! The coat must be rinsed thoroughly to prevent the skin from having a reaction to soap residues

  • For those pets with longer hair – apply conditioner in order to make final brush out easier

  • Squeeze out as much water as possible

  • Towel dry.

  •  Blow dry or allow to air dry if environment is sufficiently warm that your pet does not shiver.

  • Comb or brush out.

  • Repeat as needed.

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