does your pet need a good spring cleaning?

Posted by Petplan pet insurance on Jan 10 2017

Warmer weather means longer walks, outdoor play, and inevitably, messy mutts. But there’s no need to let bath time stress bubble over. Whether your pet is part dogfish or fights tooth and nail, here are our top tricks to help make bathing a breeze.

pick the perfect place

If the sight of the shower causes your furry friend to head for the hills, it may be time to switch locations. Once you’ve figured out your pet’s preference, place a non-slip surface — bath mat or towel — on the bottom of the bathing area for extra stability.

keep supplies in paw’s reach

Before fetching Fido, stock your station with tools of the trade. Gather towels, shampoo, a pitcher or hand-held showerhead, cotton balls, and a comb or brush before you turn on the tap.

share your couch, not shampoo

Even the gentlest human shampoo is too ruff for Fluffy. Vetericyn® FoamCare Shampoo runs ahead of the pack with their easy on, easy off nourishing formula. Their spray-on, foaming shampoo will save you time while leaving your pet with healthier skin and a soft, shiny coat.

brush beforehand

Grooming does more than brush off dirt. It can also work shampoo into your pet’s coat, helping to remove skin-irritating mats and encouraging better bonding. For total relaxation, give your four-legged friend a massage by running your fingers down the spine, shoulders, legs and pads.

float anxiety away

Once you determine which location your pet prefers, use a bit of conditioning — treats, toys, praise or catnip — to associate the space with positive experiences on non-scrub days. After towel time, offer an extra-long play session or a special reward.

some won’t like it hot

While a nice hot bath is a dream for people, it can be a nightmare for your pet. Dogs are more sensitive to hot temperatures, so try pre-filling the tub halfway (or to their elbows) with tepid water. Gently ease them into the bath and rinse using a pitcher or hand-held shower head.

protect their parts

Don’t shake off an important bathing ritual — watching out for eyes and ears. Try drying Fido’s ears with a cotton ball after her bath, and be mindful about keeping eyes clear of shampoo. If you can’t avoid wetting your pet’s head, tilt their chin up and rinse water down their neck, not their face.

Want a stress-free and healthy bathing experience for your pet?

Head to Facebook for a chance to win a Vetericyn® FoamCare Shampoo bundle! Post a picture of your dirty dog or wet pet on our Facebook page using the hashtag #cleanupmypup to show us how your pet could clean up with FoamCare Shampoo. Contest ends April 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.