No matter what type of pets you have – cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, etc. – regular baths can be a healthy part of their care, but baths should be given gently to be sure they aren't hurting pets more than helping them.

Bath Frequency

Not all pets need the same number of baths, and depending on the species and its living conditions, some pets may never need intense bathing. Pets with allergies or more delicate skin may do best with fewer baths, while pets that get dirtier more frequently may need more baths. Pet owners must recognize that every pet, however, will have its own distinct odor and may shed skin or fur regularly – these are not issues that can be "cured" with additional baths. No matter how often a pet needs bathing, however, the bath should be done carefully to prevent problems.

Tips for Washing Pets

No matter what type of pet you have or how often you need to wash them, the basic steps for a safe, healthy bath are the same.

Brush First

Before beginning the bath, brush your pet thoroughly or wipe away any accumulated dirt or debris from its fur, scales or skin so soap and shampoo can be more effective.

Use the Right Products
Choose the proper shampoos, soaps and conditioners for your type of pet and their grooming needs. Human products are too harsh and strongly scented for use with pets.

Non-Slip Safety
If you will be bathing your pet in a tub, be sure the surface is stable so they do not slip. Putting down a non-slip mat or towel before starting the bath can give them a good, safe surface.

Proper Water Temperature
Water that is too hot can scald your pet, while water that is too cold will not clean as thoroughly. Ideally, the water should be just warm to the touch.

Water Acclimation
Keep the water shallow, and allow your pet to gently touch or sniff the water before beginning the bath so they know what to expect. Gently wet your pet, watching for signs of stress and going slow so they feel safe and comfortable.

Use the Proper Tools
Depending on your type of pet and how dirty they are, you may need to use a soft cloth, a sponge, or a soft-bristled brush to work the soap thoroughly and remove all the dirt.

Massage Thoroughly
Apply the soap to your pet in small sections, massaging it in to their skin thoroughly but gently. The massage will also help stimulate their circulation and relax your pet.

Protect Eyes and Ears
When bathing your pet, take extra care to keep soap out of their eyes and ears, which can quickly become irritated. If necessary, use a clean, damp cloth to clean the face, but without soap.

Rinse Well
Rinse your pet thoroughly with fresh, clean water to remove all traces of soaps or shampoos. Leftover soap can leave fur looking dull and will attract new dirt more quickly.

Dry Thoroughly
Dry your pet well to prevent chills. If it is impossible to dry them completely, keep them in a clean place until they are thoroughly dry to minimize rolling or rubbing in dirt.

Offer Praise
Turn bath time into a positive training experience for your pet by always offering words of encouragement and praise during and after the bath. This will help keep them calm and reassure them, and a treat can help reinforce their good bath behavior.

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Halloween can be an un-intentionally scary time for pets. In fact, veterinarians see many pet injuries that can be avoided this time of year. With all of the shrieks and howls coming our way, we thought it would be a good idea to make sure they are happy ones, in keeping with the fun atmosphere of the holiday. It’s always a good idea to keep aware that the festivities may not be as fun for our pets as it is for the kids, teens and adults.

To keep this Halloween from being a real-life nightmare for you and your pet, consider the following things:

Treats are for kids
The number one danger for pets during Halloween is the treats. Explain to the entire household, especially the kids, the following risks:

  • Chocolate in all forms is harmful to dogs and cats. Especially darker chocolates. The culprit is theobromine, which has a mild simulative effect on us, but an extreme one on dogs and cats --causing hyperactivity, seizures, increased heart rate, and possibly death.

  • Diet candy and other treats containing Xylitol are extremely harmful to your pet. This artificial sweetener is known to induce hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in dogs with even the smallest dosage. Symptoms include depression, loss of coordination, collapse and seizures. Larger amounts are known to cause liver failure, and can be fatal.

  • Some dogs and cats have been known to suffer ill-effects from raisins, grapes and types of nuts.

  • All pets run the risk of choking hazards and intestinal blockage from ingesting the various wrappers and foils associated with Halloween treats.


Decorate safely
As you decorate for the holiday, be sure to keep lights and wires out of reach of your pet. The colorful decorations and the change in your pet’s normal environment will cause some curiosity and you’ll want to keep them from getting shocked by chewing wires or hurt by breaking bulbs. Pumpkins also present a risk, especially those with lit candles inside. Keep aware of the risk that larger pets could knock them over or smaller ones could get too close to the flame and be singed. If you have a bird, be wary of using fake webbing around the house, as your pet may become either entangled or attempt to eat the material.

Dress (up) for success
Nobody knows your pet better than you. If you think your pet will like (or tolerate) dressing up, be sure to try the costume on a few days prior and get them used to wearing it. Keep in mind that the costume should not be restrictive to your pet’s movement or senses. Like with children, make sure breathing is not impeded, and that there are no choking or tripping hazards. If your pet seems annoyed or if you have any concerns about having them wear it, then consider a simple themed bandana or bow instead.

Knock, knock
One of the biggest parts of Halloween is answering the door. Again, if you know how your pets react to people coming to the door, plan accordingly. If you have any concerns of your pet reacting protectively or aggressively, then it may be best to find a quiet room as far from the front door as possible for them to relax. Give them a chance to settle in a little while before the trick-or-treaters begin arriving. Otherwise, just keep in mind that upon seeing the variety of costumes, any pet could become frightened and react naturally, by running. A pet gate across the front door is a good idea to prevent any escapes --or pursuits.

If you decide to take your pet out with you, make sure you include all proper ID (collars, tags, ID chips) in the event that your pet runs off and becomes lost. However, as many pets may not be accustomed to all of the constant stimulation that may occur they may simply appreciate being left home rather than join in on the trick-or-treating.

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As days grow shorter and colder, it may be necessary to keep pets indoors for their safety and comfort. A pet that is used to being outdoors, however, may become stressed and bored inside, which can lead to mood changes, destructive behavior, and poor health. Fortunately, there are great ways to keep dogs and cats happily entertained indoors.

Entertaining Dogs Indoors
Dogs can be rambunctious and energetic, but with the proper toys and activities, they can be easily entertained when they can't be outside. To keep an indoor dog happy and active…

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Walking your dog is an essential activity but that doesn't mean you can't keep it interesting for both you and your dog. These tips below can help you achieve this while keeping safe, too:

Go to new places
As I’m sure you’ve witnessed, your dog loves to experience new sights and smells. Taking a detour from your old walking route will give him an opportunity to mark a new tree. What’s more exciting than that? (For him anyway)

Give your dog new experiences
To spice up your dog-walking experience, why not bring along some treats? Use the time to train him and learn new tricks. Keeping the walking experience new will keep both you and your dog excited for the next outing.

Meeting new people
Often times your pooch will see another pet being walked. The other owner might even approach to meet both you and your dog. You won’t want to reinforce bad behavior by letting him jump up on someone – whether they mind it or not. Keep your dog up on his best behavior for meeting new people and pets. As these encounters happen for often, it will become easier.

Being safe
Always keep an eye out for things that could be harmful to your dog while on your walk. You won’t want him digging into chemicals from someone’s lawn or getting too close to bugs and/or snakes. Usually, the best policy is to just keep to the sidewalk.

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Whether you groom your dog or cat yourself or take them to a professional groomer, behavior problems can cause unpleasant conflicts and create difficult situations for you and your pet. Fortunately, there are several ways you can work to correct your pet's poor behavior and still keep them beautifully groomed.

The Importance of Grooming

If your pet doesn't like to be groomed, why should you bother? Grooming does more than just keep your pet pretty, and it can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Grooming removes loose fur, especially when your pet may be shedding a heavy winter coat. This keeps your pet more comfortable and minimizes shed hair.

  • Grooming removes matting from long-coated breeds, which will help their fur stay more even against their skin and prevent sores or bare spots.

  • Grooming helps remove fleas, flea eggs, ticks and other pests from your pet's coat. This keeps your pet more comfortable and reduces risks from illnesses those pests carry.

  • Grooming can minimize any discomfort or deformities your pet may have in their claws if the claws are kept properly trimmed and evenly balanced.

  • Grooming specific problem areas, such as around the rear, eyes and paws, can help keep your pet cleaner and prevent infections.

With so many benefits from proper grooming, it is important to minimize your pet's behavior problems so the process is less stressful for both groomer and pet.

Behavior Problems Groomers Face

Groomers encounter all types of pet personalities, and while some pets are very easy to groom, there are a variety of problems that can occur. The most common types of grooming problems include…

  • Aggression: Some pets may lash out at a groomer, and scratching or biting is a real possibility. Other pets may be unsociable when near unfamiliar animals at a groomer's, and fights could occur.

  • Noise: Pets may show fear, stress or anger at a groomer by making noise. Barking, yowling, howling, whining or other noises could get extreme and may disrupt grooming or disturb other clients or animals.

  • Movement: Many pets try to get away from groomers. They may wriggle or run, struggling against the groomer's actions. Extreme trembling or going limp can also make grooming much more difficult.

All types of grooming behavior problems make the process more difficult, which in turn makes it even more stressful for the pet. In extreme cases, groomers may refuse to service a particular pet, or they may charge extra fees for difficult grooming sessions.

Fixing Grooming Behavior Problems

Fortunately, there are several steps pet owners can take to help their pet adjust to grooming more easily.

  • Make sure your pet's needs are met before grooming. If an animal is hungry, tired or uncomfortable, they may behave poorly in a stressful situation like grooming. Be sure they are as comfortable as possible before any grooming, and avoid any grooming if your pet may be sick or injured. Be sure they have had a drink or light meal (unless the groomer requests otherwise), and take a bathroom break just before grooming begins.

  • Meet with the groomer to learn their techniques. Different groomers use different tools and techniques. Visit with your groomer and discuss what their methods may be, including how they react to behavior problems. Be candid about your pet's personality and potential issues that may arise, and choose a groomer who will keep your pet's best interests, safety and comfort in mind.

  • Socialize your pet to unusual situations and noises. Many pets react badly at the groomer's because they are not used to the setting, strange people or the loud noises of hoses, clippers and fans. If you socialize your pet more frequently, however, they will be accustomed to diversity and may not be as bothered or react as poorly. Visit pet parks or play areas, take your pet to more crowded locations and otherwise get them used to unusual situations so they can adjust better.

  • Train your pet and familiarize your groomer with appropriate commands. Training helps your pet stay focused and gives them a sense of comfort and stability. Use commands like stop, wait or stay and teach your groomer the tone of voice, hand signals or other cues you use when training your pet. If they are able to use the same commands, your pet is more likely to respond well. Have small treats on hand to reward your pet for good behavior.

  • Observe a grooming session to spot any bad behavior triggers. You know your pet best, and if you can watch a grooming session, you may notice things that are upsetting your pet and causing bad behavior. Reputable groomers should always have a way you can observe a session, and you can take notes about problems that occur and talk to a trainer or your veterinarian for possible solutions.

  • Learn to do more grooming at home. You may be able to do many grooming tasks – trimming long fur, clipping nails, rinsing eyes, etc. – at home and spare your pet unnecessary trips to the groomer. As you groom your pet, you will also be familiarizing them with grooming in a more comfortable environment, which can help lessen their poor behavior.

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