Bathing Your Dog

Proper bathing technique needs to be given more emphasis among pet owners. This is because of the fact that if you are careless in bathing, your animal may end up with some nasty infections. For example, if you don’t close the dog’s ears with large cotton balls, water may enter into his or her ear canals and may cause ear infections with symptoms like constant discharge from the ears and frequent shaking of the head.

Frequency of bathing, like many dog grooming practices, depends heavily on breed. If the dog is one of numerous long-coated breeds like the cocker spaniel, then bathing is to be carried out once every six to eight weeks. If these breeds are bathed too frequently, the skin and coat lose protective factors. However, if the dog has frequent digestive upsets leading to diarrhea, more frequent bathing is necessary to prevent skin irritation and odour.

Take care in avoiding harsh soaps which may irritate the skin and human soaps. Soap products used for human beings are not suitable for dogs. Similarly, many human shampoo formulas have some ingredients that are not suitably balanced for use in grooming dogs. Therefore, you should always try to use shampoo products that are indicated for use on dogs. Conditioner is helpful to make combing easier later. Take more care in introducing any new product.

Dogs generally love water – from sprinklers, to lakes, rivers, and even the ocean. However, since you’ll probably be using a bathtub to bathe your dog, it’s a good idea to have everything you’ll need gathered together before you begin bathing. You won’t want to leave your dog unattended in the bath to run out and get something you’ve forgotten. Basic items you’ll need include a leash, towel, shampoo and conditioner.

Bathing should be a pleasant activity for both the dog and owner, not a source of anxiety and stress. The groomers at Bow Meow Pet Care Centre would be pleased to answer any grooming-related questions you might have – give us a call at 705-495-0602.

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