Pet owners in Ft. Walton Beach… pet bathing is more important to your pet’s health than you might think. Have you ever gone a month without a bath or shower? Two months? Six? No way! You would never go that long without performing basic personal hygiene, so why should your pet?
At Friendship Veterinary Hospital, we want you to know that your pets, especially dogs, need to be bathed and get their nails done more frequently than you realize. By skipping these procedures or thinking they are unnecessary, you may be in for a surprise visit to the veterinarian one day!
Dogs, and cats to a lesser extent, need to be bathed regularly, as frequently as once every two weeks to a month, to avoid uncomfortable skin conditions and unhealthy hair coats. Dirty skin can lead to skin infections, ear infections, and foul odors. In the south, as in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, pet bathing during our hot and humid summers is very important.
Skin infections and ear infections are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast on the skin, commonly the abdomen, between the toes, between any skin folds your pet may have (such as facial folds or around his or her neck or throat), or on the ear flap. These over-growths lead to inflamed skin, hair loss, weeping or oozing sores, and crusty lesions.
Pets need to have their nails trimmed regularly as well. Overgrown nails can curl under and dig into your pet’s pad, causing pain and lameness. In severe cases, the pet must be anesthetized to have the nail cut and removed from the pad.
At Friendship Veterinary Hospital, we provide the people of Ft. Walton Beach with pet bathing services which help keep your pets and you happy and healthy.
Save time when you arrive for your pet's bathing appointment and by completing the necessary Boarding release forms.