Bath care for pets – how often and what shampoo to use


Bathing your pet is very important for hygienic reasons; however, too much of bathing or too little of it can result in health concerns of your pet. Here is a simple guide that will talk about some important tips that will help you follow the right bath care for pets. After reading this, you will know how many times you need to shampoo-wash your pet and what kind of shampoo would be best for it.

Bathing cats vs. bathing dogs

When you have a cat as a pet, you will have more challenges in bathing it than when you have a dog. This is because cats, by nature, have an aversion to water. They don’t like to be washed at all. Some cats can be quite upset when you bathe it forcefully; however, you cannot just leave your cat unwashed for a long time. The sweat, oils, dust and other debris accumulated on the cat’s coat start to stink. In some cases, your veterinarian may ask you sedate your cat before bathing so that it doesn’t create a ruckus.

On the other hand, dogs love water. They love to be washed. The only precaution that you have to take while bathing your dog is to use warm water. When you spray ice-cold water on your dog, it tends to get scared and distressed.

How often should you wash your pet?

Regardless of the type of pet you have (cat or dog), the frequency of washing will depend on the following factors:

How long is its hair – When your pet has long hair, it is more prone to collecting dust, debris and other oils. Hence, it would need frequent washing when compared to pets that have short hair.

How energetic is your pet – When your pet mostly remains indoors, it remains clean and non-messy. However, if it is very active outdoors, it could roll on animal droppings, dust, etc. Its skin is likely to be covered with a lot of mud as well. Therefore, it remains more washing than the one that remains indoors.

Does it have any allergies or existing medical conditions – Some dogs or cats are more prone to allergies than other breeds. They might also have inherent skin problems. In such cases, they shouldn’t be given a bath as frequently as the ones that don’t have any allergies.



What shampoo is the best for pets?

The skin of cats and dogs is very different from that of humans. Therefore, never make the mistake of using human shampoos on pets. Here are some points that you should note while choosing shampoos for your pets:

  • For puppies, always choose a pet shampoo designed for young dogs. These are very gentle and don’t contain chemicals. They also don’t irritate the gentle skin or eyes of the pups.
  • Always check with your veterinarian before buying a shampoo for your pets. Some may need shampoos to control flea infestations while some may need shampoos to get rid of bad odor. There are quite a few pet shampoos designed for specific purposes. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you go with your vet’s choice.
  • Always buy only those pet shampoos that contain natural and herbal elements in it. Go for shampoos that contain aloe vera & citrus-based ingredients as they are gentle on your pet’s skin.
  • Stay away from shampoos that contain artificial fragrances and dyes as they can cause allergies and irritation in your dog’s skin. If you do want deodorizing shampoos to get rid of bad odor opt for shampoos with natural essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, etc.
  • Always check your pet’s coat texture before choosing the right kind of shampoo for it. If your pet’s coat is prone to tangles and dryness, you will need a shampoo that restores the moisture in it and remove all the tangles from the hair. If your dog has a light-colored coat, you will need a shampoo that helps to restore the brightness in the texture and prevent it from fading.
  • If your dog has skin problems and allergy-related issues, you have to buy the right shampoo for it only after consulting with your veterinarian. Shampoos with Vitamin E and natural relaxants such as honey are good choices to reduce the irritation in your dog’s skin.

There are quite a lot of pet shampoos in the market today; therefore, you have to be clear about what you want if you don’t want your pet to be distressed. You need to be very clear about your pet’s inherent medical conditions and its coat texture before choosing the right product.

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