Bathing your pet at home can be a fun and affectionate moment. It is also at this time that the tutor can check the animal’s skin, ears and even teeth.
But some care is needed. There are dogs that always hide at bath time, those that do not stand still and others that try to escape the tutor with their fur still wet.
See below for guidance from Larissa Lima, veterinarian and Scientific Communication coordinator at Royal Canin, to give the furry a bath. The tips were gathered by Fisher-Price, which is launching a hygiene line for dogs and cats, with shampoo, conditioner and moistened towel.
1. First of all: familiarize your pet with water! Start by soaking with a sponge, if he acts hostile, stop and try another day until the pet calmly accepts the water.
2. It is important to brush the hair to remove all the knots before wetting it, then apply the shampoo. Be careful not to get in your eyes and ears.
3. Let the product act for a few minutes and rinse well with water. The tip is to leave the head wash last, as the pet will probably shake it to dry it.
4. After bathing, dry the pet thoroughly in a warm place—close the windows. It is possible to use a hair dryer, but brush the hair while it dries and use a warm temperature for drying.
5. The frequency of bathing can vary according to the animal. Long hair requires more frequent bathing and brushing than short hair. In the case of cats, bathing is important to maintain the hygiene of the long- and medium-haired felines whenever necessary, so it is a good idea to familiarize your cat with bathing early on.
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