Doggie bath time!

Posted on: June 19, 2013
Tags: Bathing
Dog in the bath

Who doesn’t love a good dog bath?  Bath tub full of hair, squirmy wet dog, and that wet dog smell!  Luckily, healthy pets don’t need to bathe as often as we do.  In fact, bathing more than every few weeks on a regular basis can dry out their coat.  There are as many choices for dog shampoos as for human shampoos; how do you pick?  We recommend using a shampoo made for dogs to maintain the right pH, and use something mild.  Avoid any flea baths or the like, since they aren’t very effective and can be extremely harsh. 

Cat bathing is another challenge.  Most cats do not need any regular bathing as long as they groom themselves, but long-haired cats should be brushed regularly to avoid mats. 

Cats and dogs with skin disease may need much more frequent bathing with special, medicated shampoos.  The staff at House Vets for House Pets can discuss the different types of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion available to help your pet.  Topical treatments are wonderful for skin problems, because the medication is applied directly where it is needed, instead of taking an oral product that affects the entire body.  They can also treat some multi-drug resistant skin infections due to the high concentration of medication that can be achieved topically.  Many of these products are used a few times a week, at least initially.  While bathing your pet a few times a week may seem daunting, keep in mind that medicated shampoos can be a very important tool for controlling many types of skin problems, and can have a huge impact on your pet’s health and quality of life.

Does your furry friend need a bath, but you don’t have the time or the desire to do it at home?  Have a very large dog that you can’t get into the tub?  We would be happy to bathe your dog or cat (or both!) in our grooming facility.  We can apply medicated shampoos here as needed.