How to Bathe a Dog Without Clogging the Drain

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10 - 30 Minutes
1 Month

Introduction

Another expensive bill from the plumber for clearing a badly clogged tub drain after bathing your dog!  Enough already!  Time to come up with a way to prevent dog hair clogging your drain during bathing or this is going to get way too expensive!  

Dogs that lose hair during the bathing process can easily cause a clogged drain when that hair gets rinsed down the plumbing, resulting in a real mess.  There are, however, several things you can do to reduce dog hair being lost during bathing and prevent hair that comes off your dog during bathing from going down the drain.  Read on for some important tips on preventing dog hair-clogged drains.

Dog's Perspective

Your dog loses hair, even so-called non-shedding breeds lose hair, although not usually enough to adversely affect your plumbing. Short haired dogs that shed excessively or long-haired dogs that lose their luscious locks are major contributors to clogged household drains. Your dog is wonderfully ambivalent about the problems his hair is causing, however, regular brushing to remove excess hair will make him feel better by reducing dead dry hair that can be itchy and cause knots.  This will make bathing easier on your dog and your pipes, with less hair to get rinsed down the drain.

The Brush, Brush, Brush Method

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Groom regularly
Brush your dog daily to remove dead hair and stimulate fresh healthy growth. A healthy coat is less likely to lose hair and cumulative dead hair will not build up.
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Loosen hair before bath
Before bathing, pull off any loose hair and debris with your fingers, rub your dog with a grooming mitt or rubber curry to further loosen dead hair.
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Brush before bath
Brush your dog thoroughly before bathing to remove any snarls, loose hair and debris and reduce hair loss during bathing.
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De-shed before bath
Use a de-shedding tool prior to bathing to remove as much undercoat as possible and loosen and remove hair that could come loose during the bathing process.
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Watch for hair during bathing
While bathing your dog, watch for any excessive hair loss and scoop out with your fingers before draining the tub.
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The Protect the Drain Method

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Use a baby wipe
Protect your drain with a baby wipe placed over the drain hole and the tub stopper pressed over top. When draining the tub, remove plug and hold the baby wipe in place while water drains After the tub drains, remove the baby wipe and any hair stuck to it and dispose of it. Wipe out tub with another wipe to capture any loose hair in the tub before rinsing.
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Use a commercial strainer
Purchase a commercial drain strainer. If you have a pop up drain, a special strainer is available as well. Commercial drain protectors trap hair before it goes down your drain.
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Use a homemade strainer
Make a strainer with mesh that can be put over your tub drain to catch hair when draining the tub. Add weights such as pennies glued around the outside, or hold it in place when draining the tub.
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Bathe outside
If the weather is warm and you can provide warm water outside, bathe your dog outside on your lawn to avoid hair in your tub.
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Bathe in a container
If you have a small dog, bathe in a wash bin, then dump the bin outside, or down a toilet. Even a larger dog can be bathed in a plastic storage bin, either outside or in your tub, and water can then be scooped and drained down the toilet where hair will not clog the tub drain.
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Caution & Considerations

  • If you have a clogged drain and are using commercial corrosive drain cleaners, use with caution as they can burn skin or cause harmful fumes.
  • Regular brushing of your dog is more effective than last-minute brushing as dog hair that builds up in an undercoat comprises coat health and can cause more hair loss during bathing.
  • Be sure that homemade drain covers or baby wipes do not go down the drain and cause an obstruction.

Conclusion

Nobody wants to have to deal with a clogged drain, but dog hair clogs are particularly nasty! Brush your dog prior to bathing to remove as much loose hair and debris as possible. This will help prevent clogs and make bathing your dog easier.  Use of a homemade or commercial strainer over your drain to catch hair that is lost during the bathing process is also effective at preventing clogs.  Always wipe excess hair out of the tub instead of washing it down the drain.  It may seem like it is easier to rinse hair down the drain, but dealing with hair before it goes down the drain is a lot easier than dealing with it once it has to come back up!  Yuck!

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