What Do You Wash Puppies with When They Are Under Three Months?

by Naomi Millburn
Bathing puppies young may be beneficial for the future.

Bathing puppies young may be beneficial for the future.

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Although some doggies really dread the occasional bath, starting early may be helpful in getting them used to water at a tender age. Always be sure to bathe your puppies using the appropriate products. They are delicate little creatures, after all.

Puppy Shampoo

If you're preparing to bathe a wee puppy less than 3 months old, head to a pet supplies shop to purchase a shampoo formula specifically for—you guessed it—puppies. Puppy shampoos are specially designed to accommodate the sensitive nature of a young dog's fur and skin. Go the extra mile and make sure that the shampoo is labeled as "tearless." Tearless shampoos are mild and won't trigger uncomfortable eye irritation.

Human Shampoo

Never under any circumstances wash your puppy—or adult dog, for that matter—using a shampoo made for humans. Since canine pH levels are nothing like those of people, human shampoos may simply be too aggressive and overpowering on dogs, especially puppies. Shampoos for people also may lead to skin itching and dryness—the last things you want for your pup.
When you're building up a soapy lather, take great care to avoid allowing it to get in your pet's eyes, ears or mouth.

Lukewarm Water

Water temperature is also an important factor to note before bathing a young puppy. Make sure the water is running at a comfortable lukewarm temperature, and then allow it to fill the tub to between 3 and 4 inches or so. Water that is too cool or too hot may be very unpleasant for your doggy, so always opt for lukewarm, regardless of whether your pet is a puppy or a senior.

Slipping

Slipping is a potential hazard during doggy bathtime, especially when it comes to puppies. Puppies tend to be rather clumsy. Keep your precious pooch from slipping in the tub by laying down either a towel or a rubber bathmat.

Towel

Once you're done bathing a puppy, the only thing you need is a clean towel to dry the wet cutie off. Make sure to soak up as much excess H20 as you can. At a pet supplies store you may be able to track down special pet towels that are especially absorbent.

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About the Author

Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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