How to properly and gently Bath your Pet

One of my Little Pom grooms known as the lion clip
One of my Little Pom grooms known as the lion clip

Bathing your pet

 

If the bath is made to be relaxing then your pet will enjoy it

and relax and not fight you if he hates it, instead he'll look

forward to it making for a healtier, cleaner pet and happier you.

It will be much easier if you gather these few things before

you get your pet ready for the bath. Place them near the tub

and within hands reach, you can put them all in a bucket or

carry all for easy storage and use.

2 towels, medium to large size depending on pet size

Cotton balls should be put in ears for bath, then used to

clean ears with a little rubbing alcohal and a few pieces of

tissue paper after the bath

Shampoo, the more natural the better and tearless is best

Tearless baby shampoo if you can't find tearless dog shampoo

for the face area

Coat conditioner or cream rinse, natural the better

A collar to hold your dog with and one that's loose enough

to rinse the shampoo away very well

Its best to buy a hose attachment that snaps easily on the tub

facet so that you can spray the whole body of your pet, getting

them clean all over, its much healthier also as any left on shampoo

can cause skin problems. You can find them available online too.

Hook it up in your home tub and your set with warm water for your pet

bath. Large dogs can be done outdoors with a hose ran from your

washing machine connections so that its a warm water bath instead

of the cold outdoor facet bath they often get.

All pets respond much better to a warm water bath, and if your pet hates

the bath, maybe its because the water is to cold and isn't comfortable and

soothing, if the bath is made to be relaxing then your pet will enjoy it and relax

instead of moving around alot and hating a bath..

As you wash, give him a nice hand massage, pet him and massage him firmly

all over, so he enjoys it, holding him in place with one hand firmly but gently on

its shoulder ready to get the collar if need be and massge with your other hand,

put shampoo or the warm water in between massaging, he'll learn quickly that the

massage feels good and then stand still enjoying it. As you rinse him with water,

massage him also and he'll like it as well.

Do not do his head with the hose, use a wash rag with water from the hose to wipe

around his face and eyes until he is very use to being bathed. Rinse very well so that

the shampoo doesn't make him itch, make sure to get his underlegs,rearend undertail,

and neck.

Towel dry pet well all over and if its cold out and you have a crate or pet carrier for them

you can hang your own hair dryer on the cage door so warm air circulates and your pet drys

faster just make sure not to leave him alone or with the warm air on the cage for longer then

10 minutes without check to see if the pet is overheating. Many pets die in grooming shops

ever year because they are left to long in a crate with warm air blowing in so be careful when

you use this method. It can come in handy in very cold weather with a very dirty dog.

Remember to clean his ears and remove the cotton balls after the bath.

Enjoy!

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Comments 2 comments

Dr. Laurie Moore 8 years ago

Amber really cares about the animals and her articles help everyone to give their beloved animals all the love they deserve! Thank you to Amber for her wisdom and love!

Dr. Laurie Moore


cosette 6 years ago

you're right, preparation is key. less stress on you and your pet. i don't bathe my bunny, but i do groom her, and clip her nails regularly. i always make sure i have everything at the ready, and shower her with petties and cuddles afterwards. you have a caring heart, which is evident from this wonderful hub and your Pom is adorable. rating this UP.

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