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Top Tips For Bathing Your Dog

The often painful process of washing your dog can be made so much easier with a few simple tricks. Dr Mel shows you some of her favourites...

"Does your dog get a little bit on the nose sometimes? Well when it comes to bathing dogs, there's a few golden rules.

Start when they're young so they learn to enjoy having a bath and aren't afraid of the water.

If they are anxious, it's a good idea to trim or file their nails first, in case of scratching.

How often to bathe is a common question. Outdoor dogs exposed to dirt and bugs will need a wash about every four to six weeks. If you bathe too often, it can dry out the skin, leading to scratching and irritation.

Remember to use a shampoo specifically for pets.

Always dry off properly with a towel or hairdryer and use the time to bond with your dog.

Wash your dog immediately if they've had any contact with toxic chemicals, oils, sprays or any other kind of irritating materials.

Of course some dogs will hate having a bath no matter what you do, so don't feel bad if you have to call in the experts."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.