Why is it that cats and dogs think it's so fun to roll around in mud, dirt, and
everything else that makes us, as pet owners, want to cringe? And then there's
trying to bathe them...forget about it. However, bath time doesn't have to be the
most dreaded time of the week. Try out some of these tips for your finicky furry
friend and bath time can be easier than you expected!
Brush them before you wash them
Oh sweet summertime...filled with sunshine, barbeques, and shedding. Always
brush your pet before you start, this will help remove excess fur and dandruff that
frequently accumulates on their coat. It will help to make bathing them easier and
quicker. Also, make sure you talk to your vet about using the right kind of shampoo
that won't dry their skin or remove important oils. Typically, a mild soap works
Avoid pouring water over their heads
Cats and dogs are very sensitive to water being poured near their eyes and ears. Ear
infections can easily form if even the smallest amount of water gets inside the ear
canal. If you find it absolutely necessary to pour water on their heads, tilt their
head back and make sure the water and shampoo are flowing away from their ears
and avoiding their eyes.
Timing is everything!
If your cat or dog is especially skittish or hyper around bath time, choosing the right
time can help make a difference. Before bath time, tire them out! Find their favorite
toy and play with them until their exhausted. This will help them be calmer during the high-anxiety time of a bath.
Last, but not least,
use treats! Positive rewards during bath time can help give your
pet incentives to stay calm and reinforce their good behavior!