A mud puddle may be a dog's best friend, but it can quickly turn into your worst nightmare. Many dogs love to get dirty, and it's your duty as an owner to properly clean them up. The bathtub may seem like the best place to clean a dog, but cleaning a dog in the bathtub needs to be done the proper way to help avoid any disasters. If your dog baths are not planned properly, then you may end up dealing with a lot of different plumbing problems. By reading through this guide, you can prevent plumbing issues in your bathtub and end up with a clean and fresh-smelling dog.
Dog Hair and Fur
When a dog gets wet, it's amazing how much hair and fur can fall off their bodies. This is especially true for dog breeds that shed a ton, like the corgi or American Eskimo. As you place a dog in a bath, you may notice that a lot of fur is being rinsed off their bodies. If this is the case, then you do not want that fur going down the bathtub drain. The fur can quickly accumulate and create clogs in the pipes. Dog fur is often thicker than human hair and can cause a clog a lot sooner. If this is the case, then you may see water coming back up in the tub or going down the drain slowly. Before using any type of liquid plumbing solution, you should contact a professional plumber. A plumber can use industrial drain snakes to physically remove the chunks of fur from the pipes without doing any damage to the actual pipes.
For future baths, it's a good ideal to place a permanent strainer cover over the drain. This will help capture any fur and prevent plumbing problems in the future.
Dirt & Mud Clumps
It's surprising how much dirt and mud can actually cling to a dog when they spend a little time outside. While your first instinct may be to throw the dog in the tub, you should start the process outside first. It's best to get some of the dirt off outside because large clumps of dirt and mud can easily cling to the sides of drain pipes in your home. And once the mud dries, it can form like cement and attract other debris. This can quickly form a clog that causes bathtub water to back up into your home. If this occurs, a plumber will use professional drain cleaning tools to clear out the pipes. Along with a plumbing snake, a professional water jet may be used in the pipe to help clear out the debris and send it through to the septic tank. These jets feature high-powered water streams that can clear dried mud and debris off the sides of pipes.
To avoid these problems, clean your dog outside. While your dog is still outside, there are numerous places to check for extra clumps of mud. One of the main areas to check is the bottom of the paw. Mud can easily get stuck between the paw areas and nails of the dog. It's also good to check any hanging hair on the underside of the dog. Mud and dirt can easily clump up here and should be removed before the dog enters the bathtub.
Leashes & Restraints
For some dogs, a bath may be the last place they want to be. They may not like the confined area of the tub, the large amounts of water, or the smells of bathing products. If this is the case, then you may be tempted to restrain your canine during the bath. If you use a leash or other type of restraint, then it's important not to connect it to any spouts, shower heads, or other bath pipes. If the dog tugs too hard on the leash, it can cause damage to the pipes. Bent or dented bathroom plumbing can lead to leaks and future problems like the growth of mold. When you are trying restrain your dog or keep them in the tub, you shouldn't lean on the spouts or use the shower head for support. Try to stay grounded and help keep your dog calm during the bath.
If a problem does occur, then an emergency plumber can help you sort out any issues and return your bathtub back to normal. Talk to a plumber for more information and to continue reading more about preventing damage to your plumbing.