Grooming Tips For Dogs And Cats…
Generally, it is reasonable to suggest that we treat our dogs and cats as part of the family and we are obliged to give them proper care, attention and to keep them groomed and looking good as well as keeping them healthy.
Have your dog or cat looking and feeling good…
Dogs and cats tend to be quite adventurous and explore different parts of the house and garden. Because of this, they can sometimes acquire a less than favourable odour, their fur sometimes stains and skin can become itchy. Proper hygiene practices such as bathing your pet can help keep some of these problems at bay. Below are a few tips to help you bathe your dog or cat.
- Make the bathroom warm so that it will be more comfortable for you and your pet.
- Prepare a shallow bath at a soothing temperature (warm but not hot) ideal for them and gather all the bathtime items that you will need such as shampoo, a bucket and a towel, before attempting to bathe your pet. Some owners use a rubber bath mat in the bottom of the bath to help prevent their pet slipping and to assist control.
- After you have gathered your pet’s bath supplies, bring your pet to the bathroom. Pet them and make them comfortable.
- Use a bucket to gently splash water on their body.
- Once you have gently splashed their body with water, apply a suitable pet shampoo (do not use household soap or shampoos intended for human use as they may cause skin irritation) making sure not to get shampoo near their eyes. There are many medicated pet flea and tick shampoos on the market and, in addition, some nicely scented pet shampoos too. Always read the shampoo labels before applying to your pet and if you are unsure of a shampoo suitability then contact your vet for advice.
- Massage the shampoo into their fur carefully.
- Rinse the fur with clean water at a soothing temperature until all shampoo lather has gone and the run off water is clear.
- Dry your pet using a towel first. Wipe their paws gently. Pay extra attention to drying their ears as moisture can cause a wax and bacteria build up leading to ear infections.
- When the fur is reasonably dry to the touch, brush your pet gently to remove any potential tangling
Please always consult your vet for advice if you are unsure about care of your pet.
If bathing your pet is a struggle or too much for you to handle then don’t forget that there are many pet grooming parlours who would be happy to do it for you. Do not put you or your pet at risk of injury.
(Modified Pet Article – Based On Source: Courtesy of http://pet-articles.blogspot.com)