Once your dog is completely brushed, combed, and tangle-free, he is now ready for his bath. This means that it is time for you to take out all the necessary equipment and supplies so that you can easily reach what you need when you need it. If you put that dog in the bathtub under running water and then have to go in search of shampoo or a scrub brush, we all know what could happen: a jump, a shake, and you will be a left with a soaked bathroom and a wet dog running around the house.
You will need some basic supplies to wash your dog. These include: Shampoo; conditioner; sponge; scrub brush; small scrub brush or soft-bristled nail brush to clean the face; bath mat; hand-held sprayer or a large plastic cup for rinsing; plastic or rubber apron for you or any clothes that can get wet such as a bathing suit; nylon collar and leash if you think your dog is likely to bolt or will be difficult to hang on to in the bath; one or two thick towel. Assemble your supplies and then place them within easy reach of the sink or tub where you will bathe your dog.
If your dog gets into a really unpleasant odor, such as an encounter with a skunk or a roll in a dead animal's remains, you may have to take some extra measures. Many pet stores sell de-skunking preparations, or you may try an old-fashioned remedy: Pour a few cans of tomato juice over the coat and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Rinse well and repeat if necessary. One thing about this process is that it can turn white coats to pink. You can also mix a quart of hydrogen peroxide, a quarter-cup baking soda, and a dash of shampoo. Multiple shampooing may also be necessary.
In addition to a bath, you need to give your dog's eyes, ears, teeth, and rear a good cleaning. These areas of your dog's body all require proper hygiene, maintenance, and attention. Neglected eyes, ears, teeth, and rears can all become unpleasant and even infected, so do your dog a favor and keep these areas well maintained. You could save a lot of money on vet care, not to mention avoiding pain and suffering for your pet. The following is a list of tools and products that you will need for this part of the monthly grooming session:
1. Moisturizing eye drops for dogs with dry eyes or canine eyewash
2. Tear-stain remover (for light-colored dogs, if tear stains are a problem)
3. Ear hair tweezers and/or small scissors
4. Ear powder
5. Ear wash or mineral oil
6. Toothbrush or a piece of gauze big enough to wrap around your finger
7. Toothpaste for dogs
8. Small spray bottle
9. Dental sealer for heavy plaque deposits
10. Heavy gauze for emptying anal glands if necessary
11. Cotton balls and cotton swabs
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