All You Need to Know About Bathing Puppies
It is essential that you know proper instructions for bathing puppies before jumping into the situation of pet ownership. There are several things, including age, that are important to take into consideration when determining exactly how to proceed with bathing puppies. Throughout the article we will equip you with multiple techniques and tips to make the bathing process successful.
First you must take into consideration the age of the puppy. If your pet is extremely young, you may wish to bathe them in a sink while placing a towel or washcloth at the bottom to prevent slipping. Any puppy that is under eight weeks of age should be washed with wipes or simply with water. Using pet shampoo is highly discouraged with pets this young. Also note that you should not give flea or tick treatments to any puppy this young either.
If your puppy is older than the age mentioned above, feel free to purchase pet shampoo from your local pet store. Make sure to get puppy shampoo for dogs that are still under a year old. Be sure to avoid using shampoo for humans on your pets; these products are not meant for your animal due to the difference in your skin and your animals. Administering flea or tick treatments or using flea and tick shampoo should only be done if the puppy is above three months of age; therefore, anyone with a young puppy experiencing pest issues should seek a veterinarian for proper, healthy treatment.
When bathing puppies, and dogs, it is essential that you make sure the water is not too hot. These dogs experience heat more intently than we do; therefore, what may be pretty warm to you could be extremely hot for them. It is much better to veer on the side of caution and go for barely warm water to your touch, which is likely to be ideal for your pet.
When bathing any animal it is recommended that you wash the head last. There are multiple methods for bathing puppies and any of them work well. One is where you fill the sink or tub up with water and submerse (without the head going under) the puppy into the water, drain the sink, and then refill it with clean water to rinse. This may be better for puppies that are timid and afraid of the sound of running water. Another method is using a cup so that you do not have to place you puppy directly under the water. When washing the head, be sure to use a cup—never dip your dogs head under water. Towel drying is recommended; however, you can use a hair dryer on low heat as long as you keep it from becoming too close to the dog’s head. Always remember that what you view as hot is scolding for your puppy.
Whichever method you plan to use to wash your dog for the remainder of his or her life should be done at the beginning. This consistency will allow your pet to be more comfortable with the bathing process and less nervous.
When bathing puppies it is essential that you make sure to use the proper products and that your dog is of age. The best-case scenario is for you to get your little puppy used to baths at an early age so that when they become older it is routine. Always avoid using human shampoo and check the temperature of the water thoroughly before allowing your pet to get wet. Wash the head last in order to prevent the dog from becoming extremely cold and shaking continuously throughout the bathing process. Consult a veterinarian for flea and tick treatment of puppies under the age of three months.