How often you should bathe your dog depends upon your dog’s breed, activity level, and how often they get dirty. Shampooing too often can lead to dry, dull, brittle fur and skin irritation; which is why it’s a good idea to ask your vet to recommend a bathing schedule.
When bathing time finally rolls around, start this way: First, let your pet become acclimated to the water and the bathing tools. Brush your dog thoroughly before getting him/her wet to remove tangles prior to bathing. Apply a tiny amount of eye lubricant or mineral oil around his or her eyes to protect them from the shampoo.
Place your dog in a tub with warm water, thoroughly wet the fur and gently lather his/her body with dog-specific shampoo. Remember to clean the underside, legs, and paws. Be very careful when you shampoo the head area. Use a water pitcher, or more ideally, a removable showerhead, and gently rinse your pet with warm water. Rinse very well, being sure to remove all the soap and suds. Dried soap residue is itself a skin irritant. Rub your dog gently with a large towel and use a pet dryer or a human hair dryer set to the coolest level.
For more tips on caring for your canine companion, call the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Please contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 with any questions you have about our pet grooming services.
If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself constantly running short on time and the last thing you need is one more errand to run. That’s why Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has an online pharmacy. By allowing you to order your pet’s medication online, we aim to make your life just a little bit easier. If your pet’s medication is nearing its next refill, stop by our online pharmacy today!
While the day’s high temperatures may no longer be running into the triple digits, the heat is not over yet. By following a few simple safety measures, you can ensure the health of your pet even during hot weather. Avoid heat-related illnesses by never leaving your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked open. Provide plenty of water for your pet and make sure there are shaded areas available if your pet goes outdoors. You can also keep your pet cool by brushing him or her regularly to get rid of excess fur.
For more safety tips, watch this video. You’ll also learn why you should rinse off your pet after they play in a swimming pool, how to keep your pet safe on a boat, and how to prevent heartworm disease and fleas.
If you have any questions about caring for your pet, the veterinarians of the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are happy to help. Please contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 for more information.
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