hard time bathing shaving and triming my shih tzu bichon
I need to bathe my dog but she hates the shower.she's a shih tzu/bichon.almost 3years old.I feel bad for her because tonight I noticed her itching badly and I know its from her fur.I feel bad because I know how much she dislikes it,so I keep putiing it off.and whenever I try to trim or even try to wash her face she snips at me.I would take her in but with a very painful VERY ROUGH year and a very hard situattion that happened to myself this year (long story short..sis got me in a lot of debt while I was in the hospital for almost 4months.she was with me the whole time.she was thank god taken care of)so still payine off tons of bills I just cannot afford to take her in at the moment. I even went and bought a dog hair cutting set to help before the knots start to come.so I guess my question would be is their anyway of something out thier for dogs who are like tink.I remember every time she came back from her last groomer she would STRONGLY smell of lavender and it seemed to relax her every time she came home.is their a shampoo or something I can use to relax her or something I can use so she don't snip at me.she also trays to snip when I try trimming her body parts where she can 'get me' I.e feet,her backside and belly.I just don't know what to do or use on her to help us both out.please help....I love my dog sooooo much just wish and I don't know why she snips at me.im always careful and have never harmed or cut her when trying to trim her hair.I don't know what to do...God bless and thank you for your time..sorry so long. a concerned mommy
Hi. Lavender is one of the wonder-plants for dogs. It is well known to have healing and soothing properties, and it smells nice too, so all in all, it's a fabulous compound. Because it's natural, there are no harsh chemicals, so it won't cause further irritations to the skin. Look up lavender shampoo for dogs on the internet, you will find lots of products, but choose one that is for sensitive skins - organic ranges are usually good.
It's also worth finding a shampoo that has fatty acids or aloe vera, as these help those dogs with itchy and flaking skin.
The nipping may be due to actual pain, as your dog's skin may be very sensitive. It's worth making sure your vet approves shampooing. The other question is, how often do you bathe or shampoo your dog? Every time you wash your dog, you are washing out all the oils and nutrients - and drying the skin - so you could be making the problem worse. Once a month is more than enough, unless your dog is prone to rolling around in muddy areas.
The only way to prevent your dog nipping you (which could also be due to wanting dominance over your desire to bathe her), is to use a muzzle. Get advice from your vet about the type of muzzle for your dog. You should put this on her while she is calm, then bathe her, then remove it once you are done. It might seem harsh initially and she will undoubtedly struggle against having it on, but once you have control, you can help her all the more.
Once you have reached that stage, you need to ask why your dog has the problem with her skin, because you are treating the secondary symptoms with the shampoo, not the actual thing that is causing it. Are you sure the dog doesn't have mites? That would be my first suspicion?
What food do you give her? Most allergies (if that's what this is) are caused by food, and sometimes poor quality food. Allergies are often triggered by a particular protein, for example, the protein in chicken. It may be useful to swap her regular feed to something with another protein in, such as lamb, white fish or green tripe. But that's for later, let's first get the bathing under control and work forwards from there. Tony
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