When a pup enjoys the bath
Bathtime before departure can mean many things. Typically, it means both the pup and I are soaking wet and must dry off before leaving the farmhouse. Often it takes two people to manage the bath and water is going every which way. I do like our new utility sink. It is smaller than the old one, but for some reason, it works well with the exiting pups. The above pup helped themself to a drink and continually wagged his tail. Who doesn’t love that?
Before and After Bath Stuff
We use a very mild puppy shampoo. After we rinse the suds away, we apply the pleasant smelling antibacterial leave in conditioner. It is only a touch worked throughout their damp coat, on their tummy and the feet. Did we mention it is a good idea to check their mouth, ears, eyes and paws before the get into the water? This pup had a mouth full of grass.
Cleaning the ears is a must if there is any sign of gunk. If not, we merely puff some ear powder into the ear canal and massage them a tiny bit after the bath. This innocuous powdering ensures that any moisture acquired during the tub experience doesn’t lead to an ear issue. Flop eared fur family members are often prone to ear infection. They are best avoided, and this is one way to help do that.
Check the eyes. Pups can develop weepy eyes, and there is nothing more effective at preventing an issue than the Vetericyn Eye Gel. It is harmless and we have read that cherry eye which requires surgery (and can be environmental) in many cases can be entirely avoided by using this product. If you notice weepy eyes, it is a good thing to add to your bath or grooming protocol.
Lastly, there is always the dreaded nail trim. The nails can be tough. A small pup such as this can be managed with simple nail trimmers. You will need to decide how you will manage their nails. It is important to keep them trimmed. After the bath is a good time to snip them back to just beyond the quick. It might be a two-person job. You can introduce them to a nail drill. Whatever method you use, do so often. Letting the nail grow out can mean needing to have them professionally trimmed back to shorten the quick again. That is not pleasant and should be avoided. If the nails are sharp after the trim (and you are not using a drill), you might want to smooth them a bit with a file. It can save your clothing as well as your skin.