Giving your pet a good – and regular – flea bath is an essential part of any quality flea control regime. Here we educate you pet owners out there on just how you can give your pet a flea bath in the correct manner. Read on as we take you through the proper flea shampoo for cats process step by step.
The importance of flea control
Proper flea control is essential to your pets’ continued health and wellbeing – and your own. Fleas leave bites that are itchy and irritable, and can even carry disease. If your pets scratch at the bites often enough, this can also generate open wounds and sores that make your animals more susceptible to infection. As fleas feed on blood, if there are enough of them around, your animal friends can also become anemic (sounds improbable, but it does happen).
Give your pet a flea bath!
The solution: give your pet a good flea bath! Aside from all the other treatments out there for beating back these bloodsucking pests, a good flea shampoo is one of the most potent weapons in your anti-flea arsenal (though not on its own: for best results combine flea baths with collars, medication, and other treatments like environmental control of fleas). Here are the steps you need to follow to bathe your pet correctly.
Steps for giving your pets a flea bath
There are a number of steps involved in giving your pet a flea bath, from buying the right shampoo to drying your animal out afterward. Read through our guidelines and make sure you’ve got everything you need before you commence, including the shampoo, towels and a water sources (like a hose or a sprayer).
Get the right shampoo
The first and most obvious step in giving your pet a flea bath is to purchase a flea shampoo that will be effective on him or her. Go to your veterinarian – or the local pet supplies store – and get their recommendations. And before you purchase anything, carefully read any instructions, making sure the shampoo is safe and suitable for your type of animal. Some products designed for dogs are toxic when used on your feline friends, and vice versa. Another thing to consider is the dosage and correct usage – it may differ depending on the species and the size of your animal.
You may find that you have to experiment with various pet shampoos as well; your animals can find these products irritating and unpleasant, and it may take a bit of time to find one that doesn’t have this effect on your pet.
Set up your washing area
Set up the area where you are going to bathe your pet. Depending on their size you can use the bathtub, another sort of tub, or even the sink. Some animals may prefer being bathed outdoors, using a hose that’s got an off/on the switch and a trigger – in this case, you should leash them up before commencing, in order to prevent them running away as you bathe them.
Choose the right water temperature
The temperature of the water you use to bathe your pet should be somewhat warm or even perhaps cool. Dogs tend to overheat very easily – the temperatures that humans use when taking a bath are a bit too warm for them.
Use the correct washing technique
Your best bet here is to get the neck completely wet first, right down to the animal’s skin, then apply the shampoo and thoroughly lather through that area. This keeps the fleas from migrating to your dog or cat’s eyes, ears and face as you wash the rest of the body – these areas are very difficult to shampoo in a safe manner. Next, wet the rest of the animals’ body, thoroughly shampoo it using your product, making sure to let it sit for a few minutes before you rinse it out.
As a final step, be sure to rinse the flea shampoo out of your animal’s coat and skin and to do so very thoroughly. These products can really dry out your pet’s skin and fur coat, so be sure that absolutely no residue remains behind. You can also follow up with a conditioning product to ensure your beloved’s coat and skin remain as soft and natural looking as possible following their flea bath. Make sure your animals don’t have any skin problem or allergies that make such conditioning treatment inappropriate
Dry them off
Dry your animal down using some large towels – dogs and cats have a natural tendency to shake out any water in their coats, so if you have performed your flea bath indoors, dry your animal thoroughly straight after finishing the bath to avoid having water sprayed all over the place.
Other words of caution
Store your pet shampoo products out of reach of your children – and pets. Wash your own hands thoroughly after you have shampooed your animal. And once again, follow all instructions contained on the product label, taking care in particular not to use more product than is recommended – it can be dangerous to both you and your animal.