Some people, for reasons of economy, custom or practicality, prefer to bathe their pets at home. Reliable professional care always brings a different result, however, it is possible to clean your pet taking the appropriate precautions. Therefore, we bring you the top five tips for your pet’s bath time.
Before anything, remember that the periodicity of bathing in the animals varies according to their species and race (type of coat). A good average is to consider weekly dog baths and quarterly baths for cats. Of course, in case the animal gets dirty exceptionally, this frequency can be changed.
Before we look at the tips, let’s take a look at a common pet bathing procedure:
- Protect the animal’s ears with cotton;
- Start by bathing only from the neck down so as not to scare you;
- Use warm water and specialized products;
- Start with an antiseptic soap. This product can irritate the eyes, so use it only from the neck down;
- Rub each paw and between the little fingers;
- Rinse well. Do not leave any product on the skin;
- Use neutral shampoo suitable for the pet (dog or cat, long or short) that does not irritate the eyes. Wash from the head. Rinse;
- Use your own conditioner if your pet has longer hair. Rinse;
- Always be careful with the snout. Do not let product in.
- Go to the ear drying and cleaning step.
Tips for your pet’s bath time
The advice below brings the five main aspects to think about when bathing your pet:
Be careful with your ears
All pet owners should take extra care with the ears of their pets, as, generally, the anatomy of the ears of dogs and cats favors the entry of water (when they get wet) and dirt that can cause disease.
When bathing, use a cotton pad to protect the animal’s ears. Place a cotton swab in your ears and apply gentle pressure to keep water out. Be careful not to get too deep into the cotton.
Always check your ears after bathing or drying your pet. Make sure there is no water left, as the humidity in this location can cause health problems and inflammation. And, importantly, don’t forget to take the cotton off. Muffling the place for long periods can also cause problems.
To clean the ears, do it separately, after bathing or at another time. You can use a moistened cotton or even a cotton swab, being very careful not to insert it too deeply. You can also moisten the cotton or stick with a specific cleaning product. Never use sharp objects or pour water on your pet’s ear.
It is also interesting to talk to the veterinarian about specific products that soften ear wax. Only use products that the professional recommends. Don’t rely on untested home recipes.
Moisture can cause skin problems like fungi and bacteria. So dry the animal well. If the day is hot and sunny, you can just dry it with a towel and then let it walk in the sun, if it has short hair.
But remember: if your pet is damp and the weather is cold, with wind, he may have low resistance and contract a cold. Also, remember that if you loosen your pet freely on a lawn or place with dirt, you run the risk of losing all your bath.
The use of a dryer is mandatory for animals with longer hair. Use wire brushes (suitable for your pet) and dryer in cold or warm temperature. Never use the appliance in a hot temperature, as it could cause burns and injure the animal.
Watch the water temperature
If you are used to taking a hot bath, so that the water passes through the skin with a little bit of burning, know that this temperature is harmful even for you and will be worse for your pet’s bath.
Use warm water in winter. Always test with the inside of the arm, as indicated in the case of bathing babies.
Places to bathe your pet
Bathtub, basin, tank, shower etc. For dogs that like bathing, whatever the place. For animals that hate this hour, the ideal is to choose a small place where he cannot escape.
Avoid bathing outdoors if the weather is cold or windy to avoid discomfort and colds.
Pamper your pet
Especially if your pet doesn’t like the bath, pampering him after the procedure is a good strategy. Give her a sweetness (proper to her species) and make her very fond. Thus, he will always remember that bath time can be very good!