Which pets can, must, and may be bathed?

Regular bathing is actually not necessary for any pet, means stress for many and is even unhealthy for some.   The following rule of thumb applies for bathing dogs: As infrequently as possible and as often as necessary! Many vets advise against regular bathing, as it attacks the important and necessary oils in their coats. But if your dog has rolled in nasty-smelling or toxic liquids, or the vet has prescribed a therapeutic bath, then it’s time for a wash. Small dogs are better off in a baby bath, as the more space a dog has the more splashing (and overflow) is likely to result.  Animals should be introduced to bathing and grooming step by step. Otherwise, their fear and stress can outweigh the positive effects.

How to bathe your bow-wow

Whether a dog or cat, don’t just plonk them in the bath, get them ready for bath time. Stroke your pet and praise them when they sit or stand in the bath. You can also give them a treat. It is important that they have a non-slip base so that they don’t hurt themselves if they suddenly turn around. Make sure that the water is body temperature and isn’t any higher than your furry friend’s chest. Then, take a soft washcloth and use it carefully and lovingly on their coat. Don’t forget to praise them and give them a treat! Once your dog’s hair is damp massage, the shampoo into your doggy’s fur. Only use a special pet shampoo, never your own! Foam this up lightly and then rinse their coat thoroughly, until the water runs clear. Your pet can get out of the bath now. Keep a warm hand towel ready to gently rub your cat or dog dry, not too hard of course. Practice massaging movements – animals love this. Your four-legged friend must be completely dry before they are allowed outside again. Many dogs let themselves be gently dried with a hair dryer. If your pet doesn’t let you dry them with a hair dryer, they should at least stay indoors where it is warm until they are dry; otherwise they risk catching a cold. The thicker the undercoat, the longer it stays damp and must be dried thoroughly.