Bathing Your Pet – The Right Way!

Bathing your pet is an essential part of their grooming routine, but it’s important to know the proper techniques and products to use.

Here is Carling Animal Hospital’s guide to giving your furry friend the best bath possible!

Choosing a Shampoo:  Every pet is unique, and so are their grooming needs. The type of shampoo you use should match your pet’s specific requirements. Don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for recommendations tailored to your pet.

Water Temperature: Use cool to lukewarm water. Cool water is soothing and helps avoid any skin irritation that hot water might cause.

Shampoo Application: When applying shampoo, gently massage it into your pet’s skin. Start by applying shampoo to the most affected areas first. This ensures these spots get the most benefit from the shampoo.

Contact Time: Patience is key! Leave the shampoo on your pet for 7-10 minutes to ensure it works effectively. Use this time to give your pet some extra love and attention.

Drying Your Pet: After rinsing, blot your pet dry with a towel. Avoid vigorous rubbing. If you choose to use a hairdryer, keep it in a cool setting to avoid burning their skin.

Bathing Frequency: How often you bathe your pet can make a big difference in their skin health. Consult your veterinarian to determine the ideal bathing schedule for your pet.

By following these steps and consulting with your veterinarian, you can ensure that bath time is a pleasant and beneficial experience for both you and your pet.

Written by: Chelsea, RVT