Bathing your dog, cat, or other pet on a regular basis plays an essential role in keeping your pet healthy. Bathing your pet at home is not always easy if your pet is large or gets nervous about baths. We have two locations in High Point, NC, where we offer pet grooming services to help you keep your pet healthy and looking its best. Our Total Care office provides bathing services, while our Skeet Club office provides a full range of pet grooming services, including baths, nail trimming, ear cleaning, hair brushing, and hair trimming.
How often should I bathe my pet?
People have many different types of pets, but dogs and cats are the pets that need to be bathed most often. That being said, dogs tend to need baths more often than cats. Cats do a lot of self-grooming and only need to be bathed when they get extremely dirty or are no longer able to clean certain areas of their body themselves, sometimes due to age.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends bathing dogs once every three months as a general rule. However, some dogs should be bathed more or less frequently, depending on their coat type and whether they have any skin conditions. Our veterinary staff can answer questions about how often to bathe your dog. We can also help with all of your dog’s pet grooming needs at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC.
How should I bathe my pet?
When it is time to bathe your cat or dog, it is best to brush your pet’s fur first. Brushing helps smooth matted areas and remove loose hair that can come out during bathing. A non-slip mat should be placed in bath, whether it is a sink, tub, pool, or other container. The non-slip mat can prevent injuries by keeping your pet from slipping during the bath. Use lukewarm water that is not too hot or cold and only fill the tub or container with three or four inches of water. If the water is too deep or an uncomfortable temperature, your pet might feel more nervous about bath time.
Once your pet is in the water, wet your dog or cat’s fur. You can use a cup, pitcher, or spray hose to do this. Next, rub your pet’s fur down with soap, beginning with the head and working your way down to the tail. Avoid applying soap to your pet’s eyes, ears, or nose and simply use a wet washcloth to clean the face. After rinsing the soap, gently pat your pet’s fur with a towel and then let your dog or cat finish drying themselves by shaking off excess water.
We are here to help you keep your pet clean, groomed, and healthy. Bathing services are available at our Total Care location in High Point by calling Total Care Veterinary Hospital at (336) 841-8877. For a full range of pet grooming services, call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point at (336) 886-2315.