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Tips for Bathing Your Dog

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.

Clear Shower Curtain

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.

Prep Work

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.

Puppy Caddy

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.

Use Microfiber Towels

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.

Head Outdoors

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.

Splash Guard

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.

Pamper Your Pooch With a Top-Notch Grooming Service

Your golden retriever Susie values the finer things in life. This elegant five-year-old dog sleeps on a custom-made bed and sports a handmade faux jeweled leather collar. This spoiled-rotten canine enjoys a top-notch diet, and you brush her luxurious coat daily. Every few weeks, you schedule your lucky girl for a grooming appointment. You want your prim-and-proper dog to be perfectly coiffed when she visits your Fort Collins vet for next week’s regular checkup.

Tail-Wagging Welcome

When you take Susie to the grooming salon tomorrow, she’ll literally wriggle with excitement. After the receptionist gives your dog a friendly greeting, she’ll ask you about grooming instructions. If the vet has prescribed a medicated or specialty shampoo, take it along. If you don’t want water in Susie’s ears, or would like a special coat trim, make your wishes known. Next, your canine diva will receive an escort to the work area. If her groomer isn’t ready for your dog’s pre-bath prep work, your pampered girl can briefly relax in her kennel.

Bath Preparation Tasks

First, your lucky dog will receive a complete brushout, designed to remove tangles that would become solidly matted when drenched with water. If you hardly ever groomed your canine housemate, and her coat was hopelessly unkempt, the groomer might give her a shavedown. After all, she doesn’t want to cause your dog pain by trying to resolve impossible mats. Finally, your companion will receive a nail trim and gentle ear cleaning.

Anal Gland Expression

Now we proceed to that rarely discussed anal gland expression. Susie’s groomer will place her in the tub, or perhaps at a large-dog floor bathing station. Next, the groomer will empty, or express, your canine housemate’s anal glands. These two small fluid-rich glands often empty when your dog poops. Keeping them evacuated reduces the chances of medical problems.

Scrumptious Spa Treatment

Now it’s time for that wonderful bath. Your lucky girl will receive a scented shampoo, a terrific coat massage, and a thorough rinse. Her groomer will carefully dry your dog’s coat with a kennel or hand-held dryer. Susie will receive a nice brushout and a breed-standard clip. She might even get a bandanna or cologne spritz.

When Susie visits your Fort Collins vet, she’ll prance with pride over her stylish appearance. If your dog needs a professional makeover, contact us for an appointment.