Bathe Your Dog

Bathing your dog is often necessary and important for flea control, odor control or just general cleanliness.

The following guidelines will make the task easier for you and better for your pet.

  1. Use shampoo especially designed for animals (some "people" shampoos are too harsh or toxic).  If you bathe your pet more than twice a month use a non-soap shampoo to prevent drying out of the skin.
  2. Tie your dog to a post, water spigot or the faucet of the bathtub/shower.
  3. Apply water with a hose (if you are outdoors) or a standard flexible shampoo head on the sink or shower faucet. The weather in Southern CA is never cold enough to make an outdoor bath impractical. If you are concerned then a rinse bucket of warm water will be helpful.
  4. Apply the shampoo generously all over the body.  Don't forget the head and face but remember to keep the shampoo out of the pet's eyes.  If your pet is squinting then freely flush the eyes with the water coming from the end of the nozzle. Remember, the soap in the eye is more of a problem then the irritation from the water.  For best results leave the shampoo on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing (certain medicated shampoos need to be left on the pet for 15-20 minutes).
  5. Rinse thoroughly (soap residue is irritating to the skin).
  6. Apply creme rinse (especially good for long-haired dogs) or coat conditioners.  An oil rinse is helpful for frequent bathers.
  7. Towel dry.

If the entire experience gets to become "too much" then bring your dog by and we'll use our special "Hydrosurge" bathing system. This will also keep you loved rather than hated by your pet.



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