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Tips for Bathing Your Puppy

There’s really no better time to get your dog used to bathing than when he or she is just a pup. But if you’re not yet experienced at tackling this task, it can seem downright overwhelming. You want to make sure you do it right so that the experience is a positive one for your new pet. Below, a Tampa vet shares some helpful tips for successfully bathing a puppy.

First thing’s first, you should consult with your Tampa vet before you bathe your pup for the first time. You want to make sure that he or she is healthy enough, and that you’re using the right products to ensure a safe and positive experience.

Once you’ve got the go-ahead, you can begin by getting your new dog used to the bathing area. Place your puppy in the tub and offer a treat. Wipe your puppy with a wet towel and offer another treat. Finally, pour some warm water from a pre-filled container over your puppy. Do this repeatedly until your dog begins to feel comfortable. Then you should be able to start a real bath.

Prepare Ahead of Time

You’ll want to have the following items ready before you start the bath process:

  • Shampoo (approved by your Tampa vet first)
  • Towels (the bigger the dog, the more you’ll need)
  • Slip Leash
  • Non-Slip Bathing Surface (try a rubber mat if you’re bathing in the tub)
  • Soft Brush (ask your Tampa vet to recommend one)

Bath Time!

Brush your dog’s fur thoroughly to remove any knots or matting. Place your puppy in the tub and run warm water. Using a handheld sprayer, wet your dog’s body thoroughly. Shampoo to a thick lather, being careful of the eyes, nose and mouth area. Rinse thoroughly until all remnants of shampoo are gone. Be prepared for your puppy to shake that excess water off! Towel dry your pup and brush again if needed. Avoid letting your puppy outdoors until he or she is completely dry, as many dogs like to roll in the dirt to re-scent themselves.

If you’re still unclear or have questions, don’t be afraid to ask your Tampa vet. He or she can even provide a demonstration of how to properly wash your new pet. Before you know it, both you and your pooch will be well-accustomed to bath time!

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