Part 2 of 2- Shampoo for small pets and alternatives to bathing
Just because your new small pet doesn’t run around outdoors doesn’t mean he never gets dirty. There are many small animal shampoos on the market today. You can find them at most Omaha Petsmart or Petco stores. Some are exclusively for ferrets or rabbits. Others are formulated for any small pet including: ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. A bath once a month should suffice for your little critter. If you notice sores or lesions on the skin of your pet, make sure to ask your veterinarian about it. Make sure your pet feels safe while bathing. Use a rubber mat or towel in the bottom of the sink or tub you are going to use so your pet doesn’t slip. Have everything you need before you bathe so the bath goes smoothly. Handle your pet gently but firmly so he feels safe and speak in a calm tone.
There are alternatives to bathing your dog, cat, or small pet using water. There are many waterless foams, sprays, powders and grooming wipes on the market. Maybe your pet stepped in mud or happened to walk under the counter where you were preparing dinner, getting olive oil dripped on his head. In these cases, he doesn’t need a full body bath, just a touch up. Just spray, sprinkle or wipe and goodbye greasy, muddy spot. These products are also very nice for a quick freshening up if you are expecting company. Make sure your pet is calm enough that you don’t get any product in his eyes.
There are many dogs, cats, and small critters waiting for forever homes at the Nebraska Humane Society animal shelter. Stop by the shelter at 8929 Fort Street to meet them. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop to pick up some shampoo to keep your new friend clean and huggable!
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