Just as humans, a dog’s skin can be affected by the winter weather. As I sit here and write this article, I look out my window at the snow blizzard we are having and can’t even imagine how I’m going to let my little dogs go outside. Obviously winter weather is not the same across the country but the change in the seasons does affect your dog skin, coat and their paws. There are things that you can do to protect your dog’s paws during the winter season as well as provide healthy skin and coat.
During winter the air is a lot drier, and with the lack of moisture in the air the skin can have problems and become flaky. Bathing your dog during the cold weather can deplete the skin of necessary oils necessary for good health. If you must give your dog a bath, be sure to use a special oatmeal-based shampoo followed by a moisturizing conditioner. Your veterinarian or the staff at your local larger pet supply store can advise you on the best shampoo and conditioner to use for your dogs dry skin and coat.
When it comes to protecting your dog’s pads, the best scenario would be for your dog to wear boots when going out in snow and ice. The problem is that most dogs are not comfortable wearing them. Special boots made of neoprene can protect your dog’s paws outside. I recently wrote an article on this very subject of protecting your dog’s feet when going outside in frigid weather. Before taking your dog outside, massage some petroleum jelly onto each of your dog’s pads to protect them. The best you can do is to limit the amount of time your dog is outside, and give the feet and pads special attention when your dog comes back in. Be sure to check the pads for any injuries and embedded ice and snow. Wipe the paws with a soft towel or you can use a small bucket with warm water to rinse the paws from excess snow and salt. If you have a furry dog, try to keep the pads trimmed, since more fur on the pads will attract more snow and salt which can hurt your dog.
Use your own common sense in protecting your pet during the winter season. You know yourself that you have to slap on a lot of extra moisturizer due to your extra dry skin at this time of year, something that you cannot do for your dog but you can keep up with extra grooming, brushing your dog daily in order to remove dander and any loose fur while also stimulating your dog’s natural skin oils. With this regular grooming and providing a high quality diet, your dog will survive the elements of the seasonal changes.
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For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
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