Regularly giving your pet a good flea bath is an essential part of any quality flea control regime. That’s why, in this article, we want to teach all of you pet owners out there how to give your pet a flea bath correctly. Read on as we take you through the process of proper flea shampooing for cats and dogs, step by step.
The Importance of Flea Control
Proper flea control is essential for your pets’ continued health and well-being—as well as your own. Fleas leave bites that become itchy and irritable. They can even carry disease.
If your pets scratch at these bites, they can create open wounds and sores that make them more susceptible to infection. Fleas feed on blood. So, if there are enough of them around, your animal friends could also become anemic. This may sound improbable, but it does happen.
Give Your Pet a Flea Bath!
The solution to your flea problem is simple. Give your pet a good flea bath! While there are a lot of other treatments out there for beating these blood-sucking pests, a good flea shampoo is one of the most potent weapons in your anti-flea arsenal. For the best results, combine flea baths with flea collars (you can find them for cats and dogs), medication, and other treatments, like environmental flea control.
Here are the steps you need to follow to bathe your pet correctly.
Steps for Giving Your Pets a Flea Bath
There are several steps involved in giving your pet a flea bath. These begin with buying the right shampoo and end with drying your animal afterward.
So, read through our guidelines and make sure you’ve got everything you need before you begin. These tools include shampoo, towels, and a water source, like a hose.
1. Get the right shampoo.
The first and most obvious step in giving your pet a flea bath is to buy a flea shampoo that will be effective. Go to your veterinarian or your local pet supply store to get their recommendations. Before you purchase, carefully read any instructions to make sure the shampoo is safe and suitable for your type of animal. Some products designed for dogs are toxic when used on cats, and vice versa.
Some other things to consider are the dosage and correct use. These can vary depending on the species and the size of your animal.
You may find that you have to experiment with various pet shampoos. Some animals can find certain products irritating and/or unpleasant. It may take a bit of time to find one that doesn’t have this effect on your pet.
2. Set up your washing area.
Set up the area where you’re going to bathe your pet. Depending on their size, you can use the bathtub or even the sink.
Some animals may prefer being outdoors. For this, you can use a hose with an on/off switch and a trigger. But, in this case, you should put them on a leash before you begin to keep them from running away while you’re bathing them.
3. Choose the right water temperature.
Since pets can overheat very easily, the water you use to bathe your pet should be slightly warm or even cool. The temperatures that humans use when taking a bath are a bit too warm for them.
4. Use the correct washing technique.
The best bet is to wet the animal’s neck completely first, right down to their skin. Then apply the flea shampoo and thoroughly lather that area. This will keep the fleas from migrating to their eyes, ears, and face as you wash the rest of their body. This is important because those areas are very difficult to shampoo safely.
Once you’ve finished the neck, wet the rest of the animal’s body. Thoroughly shampoo it, following the directions that came with your product. Make sure to let the shampoo sit for a few minutes before you rinse.
As a final step, you need to thoroughly rinse the flea shampoo out of your animal’s coat and skin. These products can really dry out their skin and fur, so make sure that you leave absolutely no residue behind.
You can also follow up with a conditioning product to ensure your pet’s coat and skin remain as soft as possible after their flea bath. You should make sure they don’t have any skin problems or allergies that make such conditioning treatments inappropriate beforehand.
6. Dry them off.
Dry your animal using large towels. Since dogs and cats have a natural tendency to shake out any water in their coats, be prepared! So, if you bathed them indoors, dry your animal thoroughly straight after finishing their bath to avoid them shaking water all over the place.
Some Words of Caution
- Store your pet shampoo out of the reach of your children and pets.
- Wash your own hands thoroughly after you shampooing your animal.
- Once again, follow all instructions on the product label.
- Take particular care not to use more of the product than is recommended because this can be dangerous to both you and your animal.