Bundle up, fur parents! Winter is here, and that means it is time to give your precious pup some extra grooming love. During the chilly winter months, it is even more important to take care of your dog’s coat as the cold weather often stimulates hair growth which can result in matting and skin problems. These simple grooming tips will help keep your dog’s coat healthy during winter!
Brush their coat regularly
Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and prevents matting. It also helps to distribute natural oils, keeping their coat healthy and insulated. Make sure to use the right brush for your pup’s skin type.
Make sure to keep their fur dry!
After outdoor activities in cold weather, make sure to dry your dog's fur thoroughly. Moisture trapped in their coat can lead to skin irritation! Towel dry or use a pet-specific blow dryer on a low heat setting. To shield your dog from rainy-day blues, why not explore our fabulous range of Dog Raincoats?
Protect their paws
Cold Winter surfaces, can be harsh on your dog's paws. Like their skin, dogs’ paws can also become dry when outside in winter. If severe enough, the pads can become cracked and in some cases infected. Using a moisturising balm on the pads will help prevent cracking from occurring. Another quick and easy solution is to simply wipe your dog’s paws with a dry towel after each outing.
Trim their nails
During winter, dogs tend to be less active, which can lead to longer nails. Trim their nails regularly to prevent discomfort and ensure proper paw health. Be cautious not to cut too close to the quick (the sensitive part of the nail).
DOGUE Boutiques offer Nail Clipping complimentary with every grooming service and as an additional service for maintenance.
Maintain a healthy diet
Good nutrition is essential for your dog's overall well-being and coat health. Ensure they are receiving a balanced diet appropriate for their age, breed, and size. Consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about their diet. Explore our range of dog food and dog treats.
Bathe them as needed
Dogs can get dirty and smelly even in winter but be mindful not to over-bathe them. Frequent bathing can strip away their natural oils and cause dryness. Use a gentle, moisturising dog shampoo and make sure to dry them thoroughly afterward. We recommend our soothing Neem shampoo and conditioner. Browse all dog shampoo here.
Watch for dry skin and allergies
Dry air in winter can cause skin dryness and itchiness in dogs. Consider using a humidifier indoors to add moisture to the air. If your dog experiences excessive itching or skin irritation, consult your veterinarian, as they may have allergies or other underlying skin conditions.
Stay up to date with vaccinations and preventive care
Winter can bring certain health risks for dogs, ensure your dog's vaccinations are up to date and follow your veterinarian's recommendations for preventive care, including flea and tick control.
Provide adequate shelter
If your dog spends time outdoors, make sure they have a warm and sheltered area to retreat to. Provide a comfortable dog bed and ensure their shelter is protected from drafts and moisture. Find the pawfect cosy dog bed.
Monitor their weight and exercise
Dogs can be less active during winter, leading to weight gain. Adjust their diet and exercise routine accordingly. Provide indoor activities and interactive toys to keep them mentally stimulated.
Remember to consult with your veterinarian for personalised advice based on your dog's breed, age, and specific needs.
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