Ma­chine wash­able

Pets (Singapore) - - Ask The Expert -

Are paw wash­ers worth in­vest­ing in? My two Mal­te­ses sleep with me on the bed and I’m not sure how clean their paws are af­ter walks if I use just wet wipes. Will us­ing a paw washer ev­ery day dry their paw pads and skin out? How can I make sure my dogs are clean enough to sleep on my bed in be­tween baths?

Paw wash­ers do a great job in clean­ing out those muddy, dusty paws af­ter walks or play. They usu­ally in­volve a wa­ter reser­voir and fea­ture soft bris­tles to help dis­lodge stub­born bits of dirt or mud. It’s sim­i­lar to rins­ing your dog’s feet in the shower af­ter each walk, just that it’s more con­ve­nient and less messy. Us­ing paw wash­ers should not dry out your dog’s paws or skin un­less a sham­poo or clean­ing agent is used.

One needs to note that the ex­tent of clean­li­ness also de­pends on the amount of hair be­tween the paw pads, as well as how co­op­er­a­tive your dog is with putting its feet in the paw washer for the re­quired time. Paws with­out much hair be­tween the paw pads are eas­ier to clean, and it is rec­om­mended that your pups get an un­der-paw shave once ev­ery three weeks. Also, it is of ut­most im­por­tance to dry

and brush the wet hair thor­oughly af­ter us­ing the paw washer to pre­vent fur from clump­ing, mat­ting, and be­com­ing a breed­ing ground for bac­te­ria.

Al­ter­na­tively, wet wipes do a good job in re­mov­ing dirt from the paws as well, per­haps slightly less thor­ough than when us­ing the paw washer, but good enough for reg­u­lar walks on dry pave­ments.

Some pet wipes have an­tibac­te­rial and mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties that are ben­e­fi­cial to ca­nines. Re­mem­ber to use wipes specif­i­cally for­mu­lated for pets in­stead of reg­u­lar wipes for hu­mans, as the lat­ter may con­tain in­gre­di­ents or chem­i­cals toxic or un­suit­able for dogs.

To en­sure your pooches are clean enough to share the bed, you can ei­ther clean their paws with the paw washer, rinse them un­der run­ning wa­ter or use pet wipes. If you’re rins­ing or us­ing the wipes, do re­mem­ber to pay more at­ten­tion to ar­eas be­tween the paw pads. Ad­di­tion­ally, you may like to use pet wipes to clean their faces, un­der­sides and their bod­ies as they may have got­ten dirty while sit­ting, rolling in the grass, or smelling the ground.

Ul­ti­mately, the pri­or­ity of keep­ing our dogs clean af­ter walks is not solely for the sake of be­ing able to share our beds, but more im­por­tantly, to keep them healthy and free from in­fec­tions.

Ex­pert: Des­mond Chan Low Stress Han­dling Cer­ti­fied Sil­ver SKC/DGA A Class Cer­ti­fied Dog Groomer Cer­ti­fied Fe­line Mas­ter Groomer Prin­ci­pal Pet Groomer of Bub­bly Petz

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