Many pet owners exclusively groom their dogs during the warmer months and don’t realize that grooming during the winter is just as important for the health and safety of their pets. As a dog parent, it is your job to help maintain a healthy coat for your animal throughout every season so they can regulate their temperature properly. They need basic care year-round, such as brushing, bathing, and getting rid of tangles in the fur.
Here are a few important tips to help your dog maintain a strong and healthy coat this winter season.
Trim Hair Between Toes
Harsh chemicals and salts are used on sidewalks and roads to melt ice in the winter months. These chemicals can get stuck in the hair between your dog’s toes, leading to irritation. It is important to regularly trim the hair on the feet and between the paw pads, so it becomes easier to wipe your dog’s paws clean after a walk.
Use a Moisturizing Shampoo
Our furry friend’s skin gets dryer in the winter, just like ours. Washing them with a moisturizing dog shampoo can help alleviate any itchiness or irritation caused by dry skin. Most dogs should be on a regular bathing schedule, at least once a month. Keeping their coat clean and moisturized is extra important in the winter.
Brush Them Regularly
The longer your dog’s hair grows, the more frequently you must brush it. Whether you need to groom daily or weekly, brushes will depend on the type of coat, length, and whether the hair is prone to tangling. A short coat will work fine with a bristle brush, but a longer, thicker coat may require a stronger, more rigid brush. Some coats even require special tools to get through the thickness of the coat.
If you find yourself overwhelmed and are not sure how to maintain your dog’s unique coat, a professional groomer might be the way to go. You can look for full grooming services, and D’Tails Grooming will know exactly how to treat your furry friend’s coat. Whether you hire a professional or complete the job yourself, it is necessary to groom your dog all year round. We encourage you to contact us here at D’ Tails Grooming for the proper grooming services if you’re unsure of at home grooming.