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tackle tangles your fur-baby's bath youR pet's home spa from soggy doggy to purr-fect pet You should never leave your pet unattended in a tub, so prepare these pampering essentials in advance — and make sure the room temperature is nice and warm! Nix knots before your pet gets wet. To do this, grasp the tangle above his skin and work the hairs apart, then comb out. Take extreme care with scissors, and if the mat is very close to the skin it’s best to get a groomer to clip it out. Trim the fur between his toes and clip his nails, but be careful not to cut too much! If you aren’t confident about nail clipping, it's best to leave this to someone who is. Next, check all those delicate private places where dirt and bacteria can hide. Use damp cotton wool to clean crevices and then wipe them dry. Remember: darklystained skin, greasiness or a discharge is not normal — so tell your vet if you see any of these signs. Using a bowl of warm water, wipe your pet's face with a damp face cloth and check inside his ears; any smell, wax, redness or discharge is not normal and requires veterinary attention. To clean ears, use a product designed for this purpose, and once you’re done, plug his ears with cotton wool. Now you’re ready for the bath! Shampooing a pet is like bathing a newborn baby, so use warm water, never hot. Prefill the tub well below his elbows, and place a non-slip mat or towel at the bottom. Speak softly as you lower your pet into the water, and wet his coat down to the skin. Place a coin-sized amount of shampoo in your palm, spread it from head to tail and lather well. Use your fingertips to massage your pet deeply, leaving him heavy-lidded with delight. Using a jug or pitcher, rinse until the water runs clear to avoid leaving irritant soap suds on his skin. Use your hands to squeegee the excess water from his coat, lift him out of the tub and towel dry. For short-coated dogs and cats, towel drying is sufficient. Be sure to dry between the toes and those private places! For long-haired pets, towel them off while using a hair dryer on the cool setting (anything hotter could hurt sensitive skin). Hold the blower at a distance and keep it moving to avoid burns. Of course, if your pet is not comfortable with the dryer, stop immediately. Once your best bud is dry, don’t forget to take the cotton wool out of his ears! S Cotton wool S Clean face cloth S Comb and brush S Warm water in a bowl S Shampoo S Large jug or pitcher S Non-slip mat S Tub or shower S Warm, dry towels S A hairdryer with a cool setting barks feature the surf & turf issue 45


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