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Consider the importance and benefits of bathing your dog

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Grooming and bathing your dog is more than just a beauty regimen. It is also a necessary part of good health and maintenance. There is no specific timeframe specified for bathing a dog as they do not need a bath as often as a human. However, bathing your pet too often can strip a dog of its necessary oils for a vibrant coat and healthy skin. Anything you need to bathe and groom your dog can be found at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home. They are also full of tips on what to get and how to use them for effective dog health.

Bath time can seem like a real chore for some dogs and their pet parents, although it does not have to be. If you introduce your pup to the whole bath process when it is very young, it becomes second nature without all the unnecessary fears. A dog can actually get its first bath by about four to six weeks of age.

As a general rule, most dogs may get a bath every one to two months; although puppies tend to be bathe much more often. This is for obvious reasons; they get messy from their food, step in their own urine or feces and love to get into muddy situations and more. As long as you use a special puppy shampoo, it is safe to bathe your puppy as needed.

Be sure to be prepared before bathing your canine. You may want to be sure the bathing room is extra warm so the pet is not chilled during the process. Have everything you need at your fingertips before starting the bath as you surely do not want to be looking for necessities while your dog is sitting in the tub. Most often you will need the special shampoo for your dog’s particular needs, cotton balls to prevent water in the ears, mineral oil to protect suds in the eyes, toothbrush and toothpaste for the all-important oral care and plenty of drying towels.

One of the steps many people forget is to prep your dog before the bath. This may not apply to the slick, short-haired dogs but medium to long-haired dogs must be brushed and combed to ensure there are no mats or tangles. If you do not comb them out, the mats will turn into solid masses when they get wet and nearly impossible to remove unless they are clipped out.

Prepare the bath water to a nice lukewarm temperature. Place a drop of mineral oil into each eye to protect soap in the eyes. Cotton balls can prevent water in the ears as well. I always found it best to brush the teeth at this time for good oral care. Your veterinarian or professional groomer can demonstrate how to do so.

Wet your dog thoroughly before applying the shampoo. Form a good rich lather, massaging it into the skin and coat of your dog. Rinse extremely well. You want to perform the bath process as quickly as you can so your dog does not get stressed out, talking to it in a calm, gentle tone of voice.

Dry your dog well with a good pet chamois or large soft towel. You can also use a blow dryer on the lowest setting, especially during the colder weather to guarantee your dog will not get sick after a good warm bath. After the successful bath, a little treat and praise does not hurt, to let your dog know – a job well done.

A bath can be fun and easy for both you and your dog – without unnecessary stress. Done often enough, as needed, this special type together can create a close bond between you and your favorite canine.

Take your dog to the doggy park; Rockford’s two locations are Dog Park USA - Rockford or check out this site - Rockford Dog Parks

Rockford area pet parents that are planning your pet-friendly vacation, much great useful information is available at this site - Pet Friendly Travel

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

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