Feeling Frisky: How to Wash Your Pet with Branch Basics
By Carly Farmer |
When I brought my new puppy, Arlo, home I knew it was going to be a real life adjustment, but little did I know just how much my new companion would change my life—mostly for the better! Bringing a new dog into the home is such a fun and exciting time, but it’s also worth noting that it’s tough work! Puppies’ training needs, energy and overall maintenance are definite commitments, but I believe it’s well worth it!
Just as you care deeply about creating a safe haven for all the humans in your household, it’s equally important to create a nontoxic space for your new best friend! Start by reading your labels--ensure that none of the ingredients contain sulfates, parabens, phosphates, DEA, synthetic fragrances or synthetic dyes. These are harmful to our furry friends health and can be irritating to skin and cause allergic reactions. We recommend checking all of the ingredients of your pet's products on EWG to ensure they are a 1.
From bathing to stain treatments (house training can be a tricky business!) Branch Basics has you covered!
Here are the steps on bathing your pup, the non-toxic way:
Fill the tub with warm water
- Arlo loves baths (and jumping in the shower!) but I find I can get him the cleanest in the bath. If you have a larger dog or one that hates being in the bath, a hose outside will work the same way.
- Use the foamer (liberally) and create a heavy lather. Dog fur and hair holds onto a lot of grime, so the lather is crucial. Focus on paws, underbelly and the derrière for optimal freshness.
- After the lather, rinse with warm water. I find it’s easiest to use a cup to fill with water or a removable shower head.
Dry & brush
- Towel dry your pup and then brush them out. Certain dog breeds and coats need more brushing than others. Spruce Pets has a great article on the different types of grooming needs.
Have you tried Branch Basics on your pups? Let us know in the comments below! And stay tuned for our post on stain treatment for pets.