If you have a dog with a long or double coat who likes to play in the mud, then you probably need to wash your dog often. Most dogs can tolerate a bath once every week or two, but your bathtub may not tolerate the excessive amount of hair, soap, and debris that is forced down the drain. A clog can easily occur, and dog hair will knot together in such a way that a plumber may be needed to remove the formation. If you feel that your plumbing bills are too high due to your dog, then follow the tips below to keep dog hair out of your bathtub drain.
Brush Your Dog Beforehand
When you bathe your dog in the tub, a great deal of loose hair will be released from his or her body. Most of this loose hair can be collected before the bath as long as you use the right types of brushes to groom your pup. Go to your local pet store and purchase a bristle brush, a wire pin brush, and a slicker brush. All of these brushes are often required to groom a dog with long hair.
Once you purchase the brushes, use the slicker brush to release any knots or tangles in your dog's coat. If the tangles are too thick, then use a pair of scissors to release the matts. Use your wire pin brush afterwards to release loose hair from the dog's undercoat. Use firm pressure and brush from the back to the front. Once the undercoat hair has been released, use your bristle brush to comb the hair from front to back.
After the brushing session is over, allow your dog to go outside for several minutes. Your dog's movements and the wind outdoors will force leftover loose hairs off your dog's body.
Use The Right Shampoo
The soap you use to wash your dog can greatly reduce the risk of hair accumulating in your bathtub sink. Soap can solidify on the insides of your pipes and the sticky debris can hold on to dog hair that is flushed down the drain as well. Soaps that solidify the most are ones that contain tallow. Tallow is animal fat that is reduced, processed, and mixed with lye to create soap. The material is mostly solid at room temperature.
To reduce the incidence of plumbing clogs, try to purchase a soap that is made out of vegetable oil instead of animal fat. Look for Castile soap products or environmentally friendly soaps to find cleaners without animal fat. Also, consider buying a product with tea tree oil or another skin soothing ingredient. This will help to reduce dry skin so that hair is less likely to come loose in the bathtub.
Once you clean your dog and allow the shampoo to run through your drain, pour about one cup of vinegar down afterwards. The acetic acid in the fluid will help to dissolve any soap that has clung to the pipes.
Another good way to reduce plumbing clogs is to make sure to collect dog hair before it runs down your bathtub drain. You can collect hair by placing a baby wipe over the drain opening. Secure your drain stopper over the wipe and fill the bathtub normally and wash your dog. When the bath is finished, use one hand to hold the wipe in place and pull the stopper out.
The breathable wipe will allow water to drain through while solids like hair and debris will be caught on top. You can throw away the hair afterwards and use a separate wipe to clean leftover debris from the bathtub.
If you have a dog that needs frequent baths, then you may have problems with hair getting stuck in your bathtub drain. Serious and dense clogs require the assistance of a plumber, but you can reduce clog concerns with the tips above.