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3 Common Mistakes Pet Owners Make At Bath Time

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3 Common Mistakes Pet Owners Make At Bath Time

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Many pet owners find bathing pet a very soothing but for the pets in many occasion the opposite is often the scenario that plays out. The temporary incarceration along with the hard brushing can be a scarring experience for them, it’s little surprising why one’s pet often dashes to the other end of the bath tub when it is about to receive a shower.

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While the pet may be unwilling to react to some harsh treatment it reaches during bathing you can make taking a shower a wonderful experience for your pet by avoiding errors that could make them see bathing as a negative experience. A negative experience  could be a turning point in how they see taking a shower because it will only make them hate taking a shower because they have become scarred by a bad experience. Here are some common mistakes made by pet owners and how to avoid them:

1. The Water’s Temperature

Using water with harsh temperature to bath the pet could make it react to it. The preferable water temperature to use is neither hot nor cold water but lukewarm water. If seasonal changes demand hot or cold water you can know the right temperature of water to use by performing a little task. Just sprinkle some of the water on the outside of your palm the same way you will perform a check on hot or cold water in other situations. This body part is sensitive to heat and cool so you can determine the right water temperature with ease.

2. Harsh Water Spray

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Your pet will feel relaxed if it is handled the right way while taking a shower. You can make bathing a calming experience for your pet by using a handheld shower. With this the need to fill the bathing tub with water is not required but apply caution to see how your pet reacts to the use of an hand shower. If the water gushes with loud sounds it could frighten the pet. Rather than applying the water jet directly on it, strive to make the pet feel relaxed first then start by releasing water from its back while holding its head in your other hand, this assures the pet it’s still in good care and doesn’t feel spooked. It will feel pampered regardless of the water the water hits its body’s surface if you act this way.

3. Bad Shampoo Choice

It is wrong to assume any shampoo works fine for your pet. A pet’s reaction to shampoo is very different from humans, be careful cause some shampoo could make them dehydrated. While your pet doctor can help you with good recommendations, you could look up for shampoo specially formulated for your dog or cat. Medicated shampoos can be used for your pets whenever they develop skin issues a veterinarian can provide good recommendation if it becomes necessary to use one. To test your pet’s reaction to a shampoo, first examine how it reacts on a small area at the back of one of its leg apply a little sample there and observe the area after a couple of days to determine if it leaves any irritation.  

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