Regular grooming of your precious pooch is an important part of keeping them healthy and happy, not to mention a clean and nice smelling member of the family! A hydrobath is a convenient and easy way for your dog to be thoroughly washed and dried with warm water in a purpose-built enclosed dog bath. Our hydrobath facilities help to keep your pet smelling fresh and their coat looking clean, shiny and healthy.
DIY (do-it-yourself) and Nurse Assisted hydrobaths are available at all Vetwest Animal Hospital locations.
Do you need to make an appointment for a hydrobath?
For DIY Hydrobaths we recommend calling to make an appointment to ensure the bath is available when you want to use it. If you require a nurse to bath your dog (nurse assisted bathing) it is important to call your local Vetwest to make an appointment.
Do you need to bring your own shampoo?
All Vetwest hospitals use a veterinary grade, mild shampoo. We do not use flea rinses as we recommend monthly flea prevention rather than bathing as a method of flea control. If your pet has sensitive skin and you are concerned about their coat, you can supply your own shampoo or we have a small range of medicated shampoos available for sale.
How will your dog get dry after a hydrobath?
We towel dry all dogs after a bath.
Do you need to bring a towel?
We supply chamois towels to dry dogs as they absorb more water from a dog's coat. The chamois towels are also more eco-friendly than normal bath towels. Towels are washed after every use. If you prefer to use bath towels, please bring your own.
Do your dog's nails need to be clipped?
Vetwest offers free nail clipping for dogs. Please contact your local Vetwest to make a booking. Find out more about nail clipping here.
Hydrobathing during the cooler months
Depending on your pet's coat, we like to be mindful of the time it takes for pets to dry during the cooler months of the year. Generally, we suggest you bath your dog before 5 pm to prevent unnecessary chill