The price of everything seems to be going up these days. Wouldn't it be nice to keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your wallet? One way to do so is by taking a do-it-yourself approach with some of your pet services. Dog grooming at home is a great example. Groomers can charge $40 -$100 for full-service pet brushing and bathing. Over the course of a year, this can really add up. Why not try bathing and grooming in your home? Your dog will love being the center of your attention, and you'll love the savings.
Brushing and bathing are easy to do at home. You simply need to:
Prepare Your Work Area
Prepare Your Pet
Next, clean your pet's eyes with a pet-safe eye cleanser. Then, apply a protective ointment to your pet's eyes to shield them against shampoo irritation. Many dog shampoos contain fragrances or detergents that can easily irritate your pet's eyes. Also clean your pet's ears. After they're clean, pack them with cotton balls to prevent excess water from entering the ear canal during bathing and rinsing. Excess moisture in the ears encourages bacteria and yeast growth, which can lead to recurring infections.
Now, with your supplies handy, and your pet prepared for bath, it's time to run the water.
Resist the urge to use your shampoo on your pet. Drs. Foster and Smith Advanced Formula Shampoos are veterinary formulations proven successful to meet the unique needs of pets, whether they be itch control, moisturizing, scale removal, soothing relief, or improved coat shine.
After wetting your pet's coat, work the shampoo down all the way to your pet's skin to boost the effectiveness of the active ingredients and to help massage away loose skin and hair. A tool like the Rinse Ace Bath Mitt has nubbed teeth to help you get down deep into your dog's coat.
Rinse your pet's skin repeatedly with clean water to remove all shampoo residue. This will help prevent skin irritation later. Drain the bath water and towel dry your pet. Then, finish drying your pet's coat with a pet dryer at a cool setting.
You can easily keep your pet clean between baths with the use of disposable bath wipes.