Wash your dog, the cat’s toilet or the bath are recurring questions. Health requires a clean body free from parasites. However, tick or flea attacks can lead to real infestations and an imbalance of food to dermatological disorders. And if, quite simply, the animal loves to roll in whatever smells good according to him, washing becomes essential.
Even for a clean animal, the toilet remains a privileged moment of proximity and attention which strengthens the relationship between owner and dog. Thus, in all cases, a washing on average once a month is a useful and pleasant habit, to be renewed if necessary.
Washing your dog or cat: is it really necessary?
Washing your dog or washing your cat is not the same thing at all! The canine and feline species to which they belong do not have the same natural behaviors or the same needs. And that living with us, ultimately, does not change anything.
Grooming Tips for Dogs
Whether you groom it yourself or give it to the professional, the main thing is that it is a pleasant moment, or at least without any particular stress. The ideal is to accustom him very young to this moment of essential hygiene, in particular in the event of long or tangled hairs. In principle, this does not present any particular difficulty.
Your puppy is a pack animal for whom the dominant / dominated relationship is normal, and if he does not like exercise, he will submit to your gentle but firm authority, out of obligation or to please you. Your actions and your general attitude should not worry him, make him fear an injury or your incomprehensible stress. For learning, confidence is necessary, and thus, the habit of grooming and care is quickly taken and becomes a ritual of complicity and rapprochement.
Cat grooming: an exceptional event
The cat devotes a third of its life to its toilet. Every day he washes, detangles and dries his hair, keep clean and eliminates its external parasites. It also allows him to waterproof his fur, to cool off and calm down in case of stress or annoyance.
The cat does not need us for its toilet, except in a situation of great dirt or disease and difficulties making it unable to wash; as in the case of dried mud or osteoarthritis. This means that in order to intervene exceptionally, the cat must be confident and at best have already had a successful experience. The very early use of the rubber brush is a good habit both for hair loss and for imitating licking, as well as getting the kitten used to being wet.
How to wash your dog?
After brushing, washing is usually done in the tub or sink (non-slip), outside under the broken spray of the garden hose, in lukewarm water and with a dog shampoo. Once the animal is wet, except the head, we apply and lather the shampoo for good penetration by massaging the coat from the neck. The rinsing is done in several passes, avoiding the ears and the head and perfectly eliminating the remains of foam. Then the head is washed and rinsed with a wet washcloth, absolutely avoiding the eyes and ears. Towels are used to dry it.
The dog may be scared of bathing, or dislike the water. It is advisable to organize oneself: make sure to close the place in case the dog tries to escape; leave him his collar and tie it; always talk to him and reassure him. If you do not feel comfortable, it is better to entrust the washing to a professional groomer who at the same time will give it delicate care like trimming the nails, cleaning the eyes and ears. Finally, another less expensive possibility, you wash and groom your dog in self-service in the Zoomalia shops where the necessary equipment is placed at your disposal in an appropriate space. It’s convenient, fast and efficient.
In general, cats hate forced contact with water, and if you haven’t got them used to them very young, it is a source of great stress. When cleaning is required, consider that there are dry shampoos very effective. Finally, in case of doubt or difficulties, the professional groomer can take over.
To wash the cat at home, we absolutely avoid the bath, and we install it in a plastic crate allowing the water to drain, covered with a terry towel. He can then grab hold of it. A washcloth soaked in lukewarm water is used to gently wet the entire coat, except the head. A light massage penetrates the cat shampoo which is rinsed off perfectly. If you use the shower head, cover it with the washcloth to break up the spray. The cat is sponged and gently dried with towels.
What precautions should you take to wash your pet?
Washing dogs and cats must respect the integrity and health of the animal as much as possible. It is necessary to use a shampoo specific to each one, mild, because those for humans are not suitable and create allergies. The water must be less than 37 ° and the jet of little power.
To avoid the dreaded ear infections, it is very important to protect the inside of the ears, and to wash the head independently. Finally, it is necessary to dry the animal well using a terry towel. We forget the hair dryer which is absolutely unsuitable for cats, and which damages the hair of dogs.
What you must remember ! Shampoo showering and washing are humane practices, and wash your dog risk of generating stress and incomprehension. A successful toilet is based on the love and consideration we have for our pets, taking into account their reactions, sensitivity and character. If in doubt, do not hesitate to seek advice from the veterinarian and rely on the professionals.
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