Does your dog run and hide when he hears the word bath? Given the choice, Fido would probably prefer to skip bath time altogether. While some dogs need to be bathed more than others do, all of our four-legged buddies require at least occasional baths. We are here to help! Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet offers advice on bathing Fido.
Get a clear shower curtain. Cut two slits in it, about shoulder length apart, starting at the bottom and going about four feet up. When you’re washing your pup, you can stick your arms through the holes. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing, and you won’t get splashed as much.
A day or so before bathing Fido, give him a good brushing. We recommend clipping his claws, too. This will help keep your tub from getting scratched up. You may also want to put a rubber mat down in the tub.
Store all of Fido’s bathing supplies in a shower caddy. That way, you’ll have everything you need in one spot.
Always use products that are specifically made for dogs. Human shampoos are not suitable for Fido!
If you don’t have a sprayer, use a pitcher for rinsing. To avoid getting soap in your furry friend’s eyes, use a washcloth to clean that adorable face.
While any towel will do, you may find that a microfiber one works great. They’re super absorbent, so they will get your pooch’s fur dry quicker.
Weather permitting, take Fido outside immediately after his bath. As we all know, our canine buddies like to shake themselves dry. To contain the mess, close bedroom doors before bringing your dog into the bathroom. After Fido has been rinsed and towel-dried, put him on a leash and head straight for the yard.
Before bringing Fido into the tub, put a few towels down on the bathroom floor. This will help soak up any spills.
Make sure to give Fido a special treat after his bath. When bath time is over, enjoy some cuddles with your clean, fresh-smelling pet!
Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us! As your Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, we are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.