The internet is full of videos of pets relaxing in the bath. The truth is, however, that many a pet hates taking a bath. They fight and cry, and make the task a hated one for you, too. However, it is a necessary chore and there are better ways to get it done.
First, it’s important not to bathe too often. Your animal’s coat and skin have natural oils to keep them healthy. If you wash too much, you remove those healthy oils and your pet’s skin may become dry and itchy. Talk to your vet about precisely how often you should give your pet a bath.
When you choose a soap, select something gentle. If you’ve never really had trouble with your pet’s skin and fur—she’s never shown signs of allergies—then selecting a safe, natural wash should be easy. If your pet has a history of itchy skin, you may want to look into soaps formulated for pets with allergies. You can also talk to your vet about what you should use.
When it comes to the bath itself, try these tips:
- Come bath time, start with a good brushing. This will reduce the amount of fur that comes off in the water.
- Warm water—not hot or cold—is best.
- Avoid getting your pet’s ears wet. Wet inner ears can get infected.
- Stay calm if your pet resists. If you react to your pet’s fighting, it will only make the stress of the situation worse. Speak softly and soothingly, and be gentle. Sometimes holding him gently by the scruff will help still him.
- Use a towel for dripping moisture, and then let them dry naturally. A hair dryer is often too hot and can cause excessively dry skin.
Hopefully, over time your pet will adjust to the process. If you have any questions about bathing your pet, or any other type of care, contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals.