Tag: Bath

Do you know, unlike you, your pets (dogs and cats) don’t need regular baths? You wish it was the same for you too, but I am sorry lazy bud, go get up and take a bath.

Your pet’s skin is different from the skin you’re in so eventually, it needs to be taken care of in a different manner.

On average, your pet needs water play every 10 – 15 days in summers and 20 – 30 days in winters. If you feel that he is stinky or dirty in between, you can use dry shampoos or wet wipes specially manufactured for your pet.

Pets don’t need daily baths because unlike us, they don’t have sweat glands on their body (except paws), so it takes 3 – 4 days for them to make a layer of oil on the skin which protects them from the invisible microbe army in the external environment ready to infect them, and by frequent bathing, you are not allowing their body to make that layer and inviting the skin problems which include dry and flaky skin, dull hair coat and hair fall with open arms.

Make the experience as pleasant as possible, otherwise, you will not be able to find your pet around you whenever he hears “bathing time.”

Dancing under a shower works well for you, but not for your little friend. It takes 5 equally important steps for a pet to enjoy this bathing ritual.

Brushing – the beginning

The bathing process doesn’t start with splashes of water, rather with a gentle cuddle and brushing your pet. Always Comb your pet’s coat with a brush suitable for his hair length. Here, the direction of brushing is the key. Use the brush in the direction of the hair and remove all the tangled hair. You don’t need to be rough, gentle brushing and cuddles will do it for your little munchkin.

Plug the ears

Before pouring any water, it is better to plug the ears with cotton. It provides great help by absorbing moisture in case of any accidental water spillage in the ears. Otherwise, this water will provide a cozy comfy home for Bacteria to grow in the ear, ultimately leading to an ear infection which will result to head shaking, head tilting, and in severe cases scratching.

Water game is on!

Here comes the step we waited for. Always use lukewarm water to make your pet comfortable. Now wet the body from tail to neck. Take pet shampoo, apply it to the body, and lather it. Enjoying? Be gentle, and your pet will enjoy it too. The quantity of the shampoo to be used vary from shampoo to shampoo. Generally, medicated shampoos have less lather than normal shampoos. So take care, do not overuse a shampoo just to enjoy the froth. Do your dishes, the dishwashing liquid too will lather. Enjoy it there.

The Head should be cleansed after the body and with light hands. No hustle on the head, you will never want your pet to hate baths. Right? Wait for 10 – 15 minutes for the shampoo to get absorbed by the skin. After 15 minutes, rinse the head first and then the body. You can use a conditioner after shampoo or nowadays shampoo and conditioner combinations are also available in the market.

Drying – a crucial step

Generally, this is the step where most people go wrong. Either they will just dry their pet with a swipe of a towel or will leave him to the universe for natural drying. Why this step is crucial because if not dried properly then he might get sick, and then you will complain “My pet is not active after bathing.” You need to take care of him to stay all active.

So, always use a hairdryer for this purpose. It is possible that your pet will get afraid of the noise generated by the drier initially. But he will get used to it if done in the right way and is introduced at an early age.

Brushing – the conclusion

You thought it’s over? No buddy, here is the closure. After drying use a brush suitable for your pet’s breed and brush again in the direction of the hair. This will remove any tangled hair left on the body. The coat will appear silky smooth now and your pet is ready for a shampoo advertisement. Now it’s time for your pet to flaunt his silky, smooth, and shiny hair to the world. Go take your pet for a walk and show the world what cuteness combined with happiness looks like.

Have you ever wondered what makes your pet so uncomfortable when he hears you saying bathing time?

The very first bath of your little pooch is very important, as it will decide whether he is going to love or hate the bathing time for the rest of his life.

You need to care about few things and make the experience for him as pleasant as possible.

Gentle handling

Never be too tough with him, otherwise, be ready to play Tom & Jerry with him. And your pet is inherited to be good at it.

Select the time when it’s neither too hot nor too cold.

If he is already uncomfortable with the environment, then how can we expect him to Cooperate during the bathing routine. So make sure the environmental temperature suits him the best…

Water temperature is the key

Next time before bathing, put few drops on the backside of your hand. It shouldn’t feel too cold or hot. Lukewarm water should always be used for the bathing routine.

Keep the candies handy

This is another way to make him like the routine. Give some of his favorite candies while giving him a bath. This will make him feel rewarded and he will eventually like the process.

Drying – the final step

After bathing, never leave your pet as such to get dried by himself. This will make him feel cold and eventually make him sick. So every time you give him a bath, make sure to dry him well

  1. Pet parents should not bathe puppies below 45 days of age.
  2. Owners should bathe the dogs once every month or at least once every 3 months.
  3. More frequent bathing should be avoided because bathing strips away natural oils from the coat and result in dry and itchy skin.
  4. The skin pH of a dog is different from humans and shampoo or soap intended for human use may harm the skin of your pet.
  5. Medicated shampoos like anti-tick, anti-flea, anti-fungal shampoos should be used only when advised by Veterinarians. Regular use of such shampoos may harm the skin of dogs and may develop resistance.
  6. Use dog shampoos free from harsh chemicals and colors.
  7. The temperature of the water should not be very warm or cool. It should be lukewarm.
  8. Comb and groom the dog before the bath and immediately rub him dry with a clean dry towel.
  9. Use a blower only if it is necessary. Do not use hot air for drying the hairs.
  10. Consult a Veterinarian if your dog smells bad, or the skin has rough patches, itching, hair loss, or parasites like tick and fleas on the body.