One of the biggest challenges pet owners face is bath time. While there are some pets that will hop right into the tub with gusto, many pets would rather go to the vet than have to suffer through a bath. If you are having trouble with giving your bathing your pets, follow this guide to ensure giving your pets a bath goes as smoothly as possible.
Make It Fun
The number one way to make giving your pets a bath easier is to make bath time fun. The best way to do this is to ensure that your pet associates the bathroom with fun. Regularly play with your pet in the bathroom so they see it as a fun place. Make sure to bring plenty of toys into the bathroom when you are giving them a bath. If they get to play during bath time, they will be much more likely to embrace it.
Keep Those Nails Trimmed
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to give your dog or cat a bath when their claws are long. Long nails and slippery tubs are a bad combination that will have both you and your pet frustrated. Make sure to check you pets’ nails before giving them a bath and trim them if necessary.
Brush Them Out
To make your job easier and the bath as short as possible, you should brush out your pet’s coat before the bath. With less fur to wash, the process will go faster. You also will have much less hair to clean out of the tub afterwards.
Be Cautious with Water
Pets can be scared by water coming straight out of the faucet or tap. To prevent startling them, you should use a cup or a pitcher to gently pour the water over them. You also want to be sure to avoid getting soap in their eyes when you are pouring the water to rinse them. You can prevent this by using your free hand to shield their eyes as you pour the water.
Use Lukewarm Water
When you give your pets a bath, make sure the water is not too hot or too cold. Lukewarm water is the best temperature for pets’ sensitive skin.
Battling Fleas and Ticks
One of the most important things pet owners need to do is to prevent fleas and ticks. The best way to do this is with a tick and flea solution. You can use shampoos that contain a tick and flea solution to keep them from getting bothered by the pests.
Giving your pet a bath doesn’t have to be a struggle. As long as you make it fun and are kind, your pet will come to embrace bath time or at least tolerate it. Your fresh-smelling pet will be very happy when they are clean after a bath.