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5 Reasons You Should Prioritise Dog Grooming This Winter

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Now that the dark mornings and cold temperatures have arrived, it’s safe to say that
winter is officially underway. At this time of the year, the harsh dry weather and short
days can really make us feel like we’re in need of some TLC.


You may or may not be surprised to hear that it’s no different for our furry friends! Winter
can be a particularly harsh season for dogs, which is why prioritising dog grooming is a
must.


There are so many reasons why you should take time to groom your dog on a regular
basis, however you should avoid doing so too frequently as this can also lead to
problems for your dog’s skin and fur.


If you’re new to pet parenting, the amount of things you need to think about can be
overwhelming! So when it comes to dog grooming, we want to help keep things simple.
Here are the top 5 things you should look out for over the next few months:

Winter grit poses risk during dog walks

With such low temperatures being felt across the UK, it’s no surprise that many areas
have already experienced snow. During this time of the year, it’s common for grit to be
spread on pavements and roads to provide safe passage and prevent frost from
building up.

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The problem is, this grit isn’t necessarily safe for dogs and cats. Ingesting grit can be
potentially toxic for animals, as it often contains nasty chemicals that can result in
dehydration, vomiting and kidney damage. These de-icing grits also have the potential
to burn our poor pups’ paws.


In order to prevent this, make sure you pay special attention to your dog’s paws and
nails after walkies. As soon as you’re home, wash their feet with warm water and
thoroughly wipe down afterwards.


As well as wiping down paws, it’s also important to focus on frequent nail trimming.
Generally speaking, pups tend to be less active during the winter months so you need
to trim to prevent nails from getting too long.

Seasonal dry skin from colder temperatures

Winter air can be incredibly dry, and that combined with turning on the indoor heating
can cause us to lose moisture in the upper layers of our skin. For pups, things aren’t
much different. They can also run the risk of suffering from dry, flaky and itchy skin that
can be really uncomfortable.


There are a few ways you can help to combat this. Using a quality, moisturising
shampoo that is chemical free and gentle on skin can help to ensure a dog’s skin
stays hydrated. As well as this, you can consider adding supplements like omega-6 and
omega-3 to your dog’s diet.

Wet weather conditions when outdoors

Sometimes, the thought of getting wrapped up to head out for a dog walk in the cold,
windy and wet weather isn’t something you’re likely to feel particularly excited about.
However, making sure that your dog gets enough exercise each day is important all
year round. A shocking study carried out by Forthglade revealed that in the UK, less
than 50% of dog owners walk their dogs on a daily basis
.


Heading out for dog walks in winter is a must, but it’s vital to be prepared for them!
Always make sure your dog is dry before heading outside, and if it gets wet along the
way, don’t stay out in the cold for too long as this is when dogs’ body temperatures can
drop.


After the dog walk, be sure to run a warm bath for your pup to bathe in. Avoid very
hot or very cold water, it should be lukewarm (who wants a cold bath in winter!?). During
bathtime, be sure to use good quality dog grooming products with a mild formulation to
ensure your pup’s coat stays healthy.


Once you’ve finished washing your dog, be sure to pat it down with a towel and make
sure it’s thoroughly dry before letting it dart off to have fun.

Watch out for chapped lips and nose

As with dry skin, your dog’s lips and nose are at more risk of getting dry through winter.
There are certain health conditions like dermatitis that can make your dog more prone
to chapped lips and dry nose, so it’s important to keep an eye on this over the next few
months.


If you notice any signs, get this treated as soon as possible to prevent them from getting
worse as time goes on. Both conditions can provide considerable discomfort for your
pup, causing sores and cracking near the corners of the mouth.


The good news is, dry lips can be relatively easy to fix. Whatever you do, don’t use
human remedies like Vaseline to fix the problem. Instead, you can add oils to your
dog’s food, like coconut, flaxseed or fish oil. As well as this, encourage your pup to
drink more water throughout the day so that it can stay hydrated.

Prevent your pup’s coat from becoming tangled

Many dog owners choose to keep their pup’s coats long to keep them warm through
winter. However, this increases the likelihood of a dog’s coat becoming matted and
tangled up. For this reason, brushing a dog’s coat even more regularly is vital.


There’s no one size fits all when it comes to how often you should brush your dog’s
coat. This could be daily or weekly, depending on the length of your dog’s hair and
whether or not it’s prone to getting matted. Brushing your dog’s coat on a daily basis
offers a wide range of benefits. It will help to remove dirt, tangles and dead hair,
which in turn will have a positive impact on your dog’s skin.


While brushing your pup’s coat, be sure to keep an eye out for any bumps or sores, as
these can indicate potential skin problems your dog may be suffering from under all that
fur.

Wrapping up

If you follow these 5 steps, your hound is bound to feel clean, comfortable, happy and healthy in its own skin…. Good luck!

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