The purpose and timing of dog bathing



I. Dog bathing purpose and time selection

Purpose of bathing

The secretions from your dog’s sebaceous glands have an unpleasant odor and can become contaminated with dirt, making the hair tangled and giving off a gusty odor. If you don’t bathe your dog, it can easily cause the invasion of pathogenic microorganisms and parasites, making your dog sick. So be sure to bathe your dog to keep your skin clean and conducive to your dog’s health.

Choosing a bathtime

As far as the season is concerned, bathing your pet is not recommended in winter. Even in other seasons, when the weather changes suddenly, avoid bathing your pet. Pets, unlike people, regulate their temperature in no other way than by growing their fur in the winter and shedding it in the spring. However, if there is a thunderstorm in summer, it is especially unsuitable to bathe animals. After a pet is bathed, the pores will open and the natural oils in the hair will be reduced, which cannot be recovered in a short time and is most likely to be neglected by the owner and cause disease. Generally speaking, long-haired dogs are bathed once every half month and daily grooming is of utmost importance. Especially the season of hair change. Short-haired dogs are washed once a month. On weekdays, just wipe with a wet towel. In addition, if the spring weather is dry, dip some water before combing to avoid static electricity.

[Editor’s Note]

Not suitable for bathing: dogs just brought home; unvaccinated puppies; injured dogs; dogs with colds, etc., in an unhealthy state; dogs just vaccinated; bitches in heat; dogs around the time of pregnancy.

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Essential items for dog bathing inventory

II. Inventory of essential items for dog bathing

1. Bathtub:

Please prepare a dog-friendly bathtub according to the size of the dog. If it is a big dog, you can let the dog stand in the bathroom.

2. Shampoos for pets:

Similar to human shampoos, but with different ingredients than those commonly used by people, it is recommended that you prefer to use a pet shampoo.

3. large cups:

When shampooing your dog, you can use it to lather your dog.

4. Towels:

Please have a special towel for your dog and use it to soak up any excess powder for your dog.

5. Cotton swabs:

When bathing your dog, it is easy for water to get into your dog’s ears. To prevent your dog’s ears from getting infected, use a cotton swab to wipe your dog’s ear canal.

6. Hair dryer:

With all of the above done, the final blowing of the dog’s coat with a warm air blower will allow the coat to dry faster and reduce skin diseases in the dog.

7. Grooming tools:

Help your dog groom his coat with a grooming tool to avoid tangles.

[Editor’s Note]

Daily restoration will keep your dog’s coat healthy, but sometimes it is necessary to give your dog a bath if he rolls around on smelly objects.


Bathing your dog properly and precautions


III. Proper Bathing of Dogs and Precautions

First, comb through your hair to remove any dead knots.

Fill the tub with warm water and place the dog in the tub, exposing the head and neck, with the dog’s head standing on your left side and your left hand blocking the dog’s head to the chest to secure the dog’s body. With your right hand on the side of the tub, gently moisten the arms, back, belly, hind limbs, shoulders, and forelimbs with warm water, then apply shampoo, rub gently, comb quickly with a comb, and squeeze out anal gland secretions by pressing the sides of the anus with your fingers.

Cover the ears with your left or right hand from the lower palate upward, rinse gently with water from the tip of the nose, taking care to prevent water from flowing into the ears, then rinse all parts of the body with water and immediately wrap the head in a towel and dry the water. Wipe your pet’s body with a cotton towel and dry it from head to tail.

Long-haired dogs can be dried with a hair dryer. It is recommended that you start at the hips and blow from the back forward. Don’t get the air hose too close to your pet’s skin to avoid burning their delicate skin. Be careful not to let the air hose point at your pet’s head and ears, as this can make your pet feel uneasy. While blowing, you should continue to comb the hair. As long as the dog’s body is not dry, you should comb until the hair is dry.

[Editor’s Note]

It is important to comb the coat before bathing to prevent tangles from getting worse and to remove large pieces of dirt for easier cleaning. In particular, comb around the mouth, behind the ears, in the armpits, in the femur, and at the tips of the toes, which are the parts of the dog that the dog does not want to comb. When grooming, to reduce and avoid pain for the dog, hold the root of the hair with one hand and groom with the other. Bathe the dog in the morning or at noon, and do not bathe in high air humidity or on rainy days. Dry immediately with a hair dryer or dry with a towel. Do not dry the dog in the sun after bathing.

About what to do when your dog changes its coat

A few things to keep in mind when grooming your dog


IV. A few things to keep in mind when brushing your dog’s hair

  • 1. Special instruments should be used for combing hair, not human combs and brushes. The usage of the comb is to hold the back of the comb in your hand and gently swing it with your wrist, combing it horizontally, alternating between coarse, medium, and fine mesh combs. The needle comb has many teeth. To comb, lift them with one hand and comb the other part.
  • 2. Be soft and careful when combing, not rough and brutal, or your dog will be sore and be especially careful when combing the coat near sensitive areas such as the external genitalia.
  • 3. Pay attention to the dog’s skin. A clean pink color is good. If there is redness or eczema, there may be parasites, skin disease, allergies, and other problems that should be treated promptly.
  • 4. Parasites such as fleas and lice are found and should be treated with insecticides in a timely manner.
  • 5. When a dog’s coat is heavily contaminated, a special conditioner and baby powder should be used when combing the hair.
  • 6. If you can swab your dog’s body with a towel soaked in hot water before combing, the hair will be brighter.

[Editor’s Note]

When combing your dog’s hair, start with gentle movements and do not comb roughly, as the dog will be disgusted and resistant when in pain. Pay attention to the dog’s skin. A clean pink color is good. If it is red or eczema, parasites, skin diseases, allergies, etc. may be present. If fleas and other parasites are found, use an insecticide promptly.

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