The typical dog will need a bath once every month or so. If your dog smells bad or feels greasy, it is time for it to have a bath. If your pet loves to run outside, swim, roll in the mud, or jump in some puddles, you will need to bathe your pet more frequently. All in all, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people do, but when they do, there are some simple tools and steps to give a dog a bath successfully.
The first step is to find a water source. It could be your outdoor water hose, kitchen sink, or bathtub faucet. You have flexible options, but the choice will typically depend on the size of your dog and the water temperature you desire. The water should not be too cold or too hot; lukewarm water is usually best. The first step is to rinse your pet down with temperature-appropriate water.
The next step is to shampoo your pet to get all the dirt out and treat the skin and fur with a healthful solution. The shampoo will have cleaning agents in it that will help clean your pet better than water alone. However, it is essential to use a shampoo designed for dogs, as shampoo for humans can cause skin irritation or indigestion if consumed. If your dog has special skin or fur needs, your vet can recommend certain brands to you with medicated shampoo.
After you rinse, shampoo, lather, and rinse again, your dog is ready to get dry. A terry towel is the best option for drying your pet of excess water. You can also wrap your dog with a towel temporarily so that water does not go flying when your dog shakes itself dry. You can then let the fur air dry.
Dogs with long, medium, and short hair alike can also benefit from having their fur brushed after a bath. This treatment will prevent matting and knots from riddling its shiny coat. One can find different brushes on the market to suit your pet’s fur length and type.
A treat can be a reward for a successful bath. Dogs who are learning to have a bath or who hate baths can take to them better with a treat. If you need a professional to give a dog a bath, Everhart Veterinary Medicine is of service in Baltimore, MD!
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