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Lather Up! Tips for Bathing your Dog

Your pet loves attention from you. One of the best ways to give her that attention is through regular grooming — and that includes bath time. Some pets just like rolling around in the dirt; others are great about grooming themselves. Either way, there are times when you’ll want to give your pet a bath. Here are some quick tips to make bath time easier and more fun for both of you.

Brushing. Before the bath, make sure your pet is brushed well and all knots and tangles are worked out. Use a comb or brush appropriate for your pet’s coat to make the job easier. Also, the more often you brush, the less often you need to bathe your pet.

Getting ready. Fill the sink or tub with about three or four inches of lukewarm water. Keep your shampoo, conditioner and towels within reach. Block off all escape routes; you don’t want to chase a wet dog through the house.

Shampoo. Before you lather up, make sure you have the right shampoo for your pet’s needs. For example, “people” shampoo contains fragrances and other ingredients that can dry out or irritate your pet’s skin so be sure to use only a pet shampoo. Puppies and kittens require gentle or “tear-free” shampoos. If your pet is experiencing dry skin, allergies or hot spots, look for shampoos specially formulated for those conditions. And if you use topical flea and tick treatments on your pet, it’s really important to use a non-detergent (soap-free) shampoo. Other shampoos may reduce the effectiveness of your pet’s monthly treatment.

The Bath. Once you’ve chosen the right shampoo, lather your pet thoroughly, being careful to avoid his eyes and ears. Rinse him well, but avoid getting too much water on his head. It’s important to rinse completely, because leftover shampoo can dry out his skin. Towel him off. Once he is completely dry, give him another good brushing.

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Treating Urinary Tract Infections

Treating a urinary tract or bladder infection right away is important for preventing serious medical complications – like development of bladder stones or spread of the infection to the kidneys or heart. Although any dog could be affected, females and older dogs are more prone to urinary tract and bladder infections.

Don’t worry – urinary tract and bladder infections are easily treated. Your veterinarian will want to perform a complete examination of your dog, as well as take a urine sample for urinalysis. This will help identify the type of bacteria causing the infection and determine which antibiotic will be most effective in treating your dog.

Follow your veterinarian’s prescription instructions to maximize chances for a cure. Do not change or stop treatment without talking to your vet, even if your dog seems better. Once the antibiotic prescription has been finished, be sure to complete all follow-up visits and lab work suggested by your veterinarian. This is important to make sure the infection is gone.

Dogs that have recurring urinary infections may need additional testing, such as blood work, X-rays and/or ultrasound, to check for bladder stones or other reasons for recurrence.

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