When to bathe?
There are people who bathe pets more than once a week. This is unnecessary and even dangerous, as it can dry out the animal’s skin and remove the natural protection, causing dermatitis.
Bathing once a week is more appropriate for long-haired dogs and some dog breeds that tend to have oily skin and become “stinky” more often, such as the cocker spaniel and the German shepherd . Shorthaired dogs only need a bath once or twice a month. Cats, only every three months, because they take a “bath” alone (but be careful: if your kitten is licking itself more than usual, it may be an indication of problems ).
Brushing the animal before the bath removes the dead hair, increases the efficiency of the shampoo and prevents the hair from falling into the drain (at the time of the bath), causing clogging. After showering, brush again to give a brighter appearance.
This is probably the most important item. If your pet is one of those who hide when they hear the word “bath”, you will have double work and he will also be very stressed, in addition to being able to escape and get hurt because of the agitation. To prevent this from happening, he will need training and rewards – be patient. At the beginning of the training, prevent him from seeing the bath preparations and trick him into luring him into the bathroom. When you arrive, close the door, have a snack, put on relaxing classical music (at low volume, as they have a much more sensitive hearing than ours), do a lot of affection before starting the bath, but don’t take too long , otherwise the water will cool. Show him the showerhead, so he won’t be alarmed when rinsed.
The choice of shampoo
Many cat and dog shampoos are available at any supermarket, but they can contain chemicals that are harmful to your best friend’s skin and also to the environment. Prefer products with natural ingredients, such as Propovets, a line of animal care products made from green propolis. (Also available in the eCycle Store ).
How to save water in the bath
Use a bathtub or basin with warm water at a height just above the animal’s “elbows”. Wet and lather the animal in this water. Then, to rinse, use the shower.
Drying of hair
It is very important to dry the animal’s hair, especially if it has long hair, to prevent the proliferation of fungi. In addition, dogs, when they are wet, like to roll on the dirt (or on the clean carpet in your living room) to dry themselves.
Use a towel first to remove excess moisture and then the dryer. Thus, you spend less energy. It is important that the dryer is not too hot to avoid hurting the animal. Feel the temperature in your hand constantly to see if it is pleasant.
It is a little known alternative and should not always be done, only when, for some reason, you cannot give your pet a complete bath. To give your dog or cat a dry bath, take it to an open area that is easy to clean. Brush his hair and mix a cup of cornstarch with ¼ cup of baking soda , massaging so that the mixture absorbs oil, odors and dirt. Attention: do not place anything on open wounds, as it hinders healing. Then brush the animal again to remove the mixture completely.
Like shampoos, perfumes can have chemical components that are harmful to animals and the environment, so if you use them, prefer those that are made with natural ingredients and essential oils . But know that the perfumes of dogs and cats are only pleasing to their owners. Animals have a very sensitive sense of smell and the perfume bothers them.
The tips we gave here are for dogs and cats. Who has a different animal must take care according to the species. Chinchillas bathe alone rolling in marble dust, which you find in pet stores. Birds also bathe alone if you leave a bathtub (not too full) with available water. Do not use shampoo to bathe a bird unless the veterinarian has recommended to treat a possible disease, otherwise you can cause a problem for its skin, removing the natural protection of the feathers. As for hamsters and rabbits, they should only be bathed if there is any sticky or toxic dirt on their hair. The ideal is to take to a veterinarian, as he will know how to give a safer bath. If, after cleaning the cage, you notice that your hamster has a bad smell, consult a veterinarian,
Never use products intended for humans, let alone cleaning products (such as detergents and washing powder) on animals, as they can cause allergies, injuries and even burns.