How To Give Your Dog A Flea Bath
Fleas are one of the main hazards to your dog's health. The sure sign your pet has them is if he scratches more often than usual. Most especially if he seems to incessantly have an itch. Good thing this problem is easily remedied with a combination of refreshing water, flea shampoo and your loving attention.
Let your dog enjoy his bath by knowing his preferences. Most dogs like being hosed down or sprayed while others would rather frolic in a pool or tub. Others like baths out in the yard under the sun while some prefer the bathroom indoors.
At the heart of every great bath is the flea shampoo. Buy only what is recommended by your vet or by a reputable pet supplies store. Use the proper dosage for the type of dog you have. And of course, read the shampoo manufacturer's instructions carefully.
- Use either slightly warm or cool water. Remember that dogs easily heat up.
- Wet his entire body then apply the shampoo. First around the neck then to the ears and near the rectum. These are the places fleas would usually retreat to during a bath. Then lather the rest of the body.
- You can also wash the face but be extra careful to avoid the eyes as these can be easily irritated. If in case shampoo gets in, thoroughly flush the eyes with water.
- If your dog has thick and long fur, make sure the shampoo reaches the skin.
- Let the shampoo sit for 5 to 10 minutes to kill off any remaining fleas.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Towel-dry starting from the head to the body then down to the legs and paws. A dog's shake off is not enough.
For total flea control solution, apply flea powder and put on a flea collar. You must also make sure that you keep your home free from infestation as a flea bath is just a temporary solution.
Now that your dog is squeaky clean and flea-free, let him run, play and just be his old self. You should now feel confident that in case he catches fleas again, you'll know exactly what to do.