Do You Make These Common Dog Bath Tub Mistakes?

Do You Make These Common Dog Bath Tub Mistakes?

dog wash station is great on the way to wash your dog

You might think that there’s not much going on with a typical dog wash station. You might think that this is one of those pet furnishings or equipment that you really don’t need to put much thought in. Boy are you mistaken.

You see, a lot of pet owners have a very casual attitude when it comes to buying otherwise strategic pieces of equipment like a dog bath tub. Why is it strategic? Why is it a big deal? Well, think of it this way, if you were in your pet’s position and you’re going to be using this piece of equipment once a week, twice a month, or thereabouts, wouldn’t you want to have a pleasant time? Wouldn’t you want to be comfortable?

It’s already stressful enough as it is to take a bath if you’re a dog. Unless you lucked out and got a dog that just looks forward to taking a bath, you would know that dogs aren’t exactly fond of baths. There are, of course, many exceptions, but for the most part, they simply tolerate taking a bath. Dogs that actually look forward to and have a grand old time taking a bath are few and far between. Make it easier on your dog by picking the right dog bath tub.

There are many common mistakes pet owners make when selecting this piece of pet equipment. First, they go primarily for the price. Now, I have nothing wrong with people stretching the value of their hard earned dollars. I do that too. However, you need to pair high quality with low price.

Now you may be thinking that’s just as likely as spotting a unicorn. Well, you might want to think again. Thanks to our modern economy and a wide range of global suppliers, you’d be surprised as to how cheap high quality goods can be. Dog bath tub equipment is no exception. Look into demanding the highest quality for the lowest price. You’d be surprised as to how good the product you end up with can be.

Second, a lot of pet owners buy the wrong size equipment. You might be thinking that just because you have a small breed dog then you need small equipment. This is logical. This makes sense, at least on a superficial level. But you know and I know that you can’t make decisions like that for your pet. Your pet has its own distinct personality.

It may be a Chihuahua or a Pomeranian, but it can have the habits and space requirements of a big dog. Similarly, you may have a German Shepherd or a Saint Bernard, but it may not require much space at all. So it’s really important to not use your pet’s physical size as a shorthand to its actual bath tub space requirements. Otherwise, you might end up with a lot of water on the floor. Your pet might make a mess, thus, giving your pet a bath is a hassle for both you and your four legged companion.

You need to look past the breed of your pet. You need to look at actual temperament and personality. This is where a little experience can go a long way. Finally, many pet owners make a mistake of buying bath tubs that are too low. There are a lot of advantages to having a low bath tub. It’s easier for your pet to get into, you don’t have to lift your pet and it’s nice and easy to maintain.

The problem is, water containment can be a headache. If you’re sick and tired of mopping up after a dog bath, you might want to consider buying a unit that has high side walls. It really is pretty straightforward. By paying attention to these common mistakes, you increase the likelihood that you would end up with the right dog bath tub product for your pet the next time you need one.

Natural Ways to Shiny Dog Hair

Natural Ways to Shiny Dog Hair

shiny-hairOnce you have already taken care of your dog’s health, here are a couple of things that will help you get to a softer and shinier dog hair.

Regular brushing – this will stimulate the hair follicles and
skin. Thus it increases the natural skin oil production that will make the hair extra shiny. It doesn’t mean that you have to brush their hair at the same frequency like humans do. At least do it once a day.

Salmon, sardines, and tuna – these three are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids in which it aids in encouraging healthy hair. They are an even delicious meal for the dog! Add some of these to your dog’s diet. Make sure you find out how to properly prepare them for dog consumption, not for humans.

Regular bathing – they bathe but not at the same frequency that humans do. How often they bathe depends on the kind of dog you own, how dirty they get and the length of their hair. Bathing once a month is the consensus and more often to keep the hair completely clean, but not to the point that it strips the hair’s essential oils. When you shop for a moisturizing shampoo, make sure that there are no ingredients that will irritate the skin. If you want to use a conditioner, choose a natural conditioner that contains vitamin E as this will soothe the hair and skin. There are other owners that use coconut milk on their dog’s coat and leave it on for several minutes before they bathe them.

Oil – just as little as one teaspoon or one tablespoon is enough to keep their hair healthy, shiny and glossy. You just don’t use any oil. Oils such as safflower, coconut, olive, flaxseed, and sunflower. Avoid giving them too much as it will lead to diarrhea. The use of coconut oil can also clear up any skin issues.

Herbal alternatives – Horsetail has high silica content, which is an essential component in maintaining strong and healthy skin, hair and bones. Another natural ingredient is spirulina, in which it contains carotenoids, vitamin B, and protein. Don’t use too much of these natural ingredients on your dog, though. Check on the vet to know the proper dosage.

Oatmeal bath – dogs that have dull hair sometimes have skin problems. Get your dog an oatmeal bath as this aid in soothing the skin, lessen itching and leave the coat shiny and soft. Oatmeal has vitamin E, which works well as a softener. Just get one cup plain oatmeal and grin it into a fine powder. Mix this powder with a tub-filled lukewarm water. Stir it until the water turns cloudy. Place your dog into the oatmeal solution and pour the water on its head and back. Make sure you avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture on to the dog’s skin gently for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off the oatmeal mixture and pat dry.

Protection – dogs are mostly exposed to various elements, especially when they are mostly outside. The result of this is that their hair gets dry and thick. You can just leave it like that during the cold winter season, or you can offer added shelter so that it will encourage its hair to get shinier and glossier.