Coat care for dogs is important – Even when they don’t look dirty!
Different breeds have different grooming needs, but they all require regular maintenance to keep their skin and coat clean, healthy, and mat free. Depending on where you live and what outdoor activities you prefer may dictate which season requires more attention, but we know one thing: mud and snow make for one dirty, matted mess. Regardless of the time of year, below are a few tips for routine maintenance of your companion’s coat.
1. Bathe, of course.
Dogs should get regular baths (even in the winter), especially those with coats that easily mat. In cold weather, make sure your dog’s completely dry before going back outside – or you can always opt for a waterless shampoo.
2. Trim, if necessary.
Even in the winter it’s fine to keep your dog’s coat trimmed, but always leave some length throughout the year, as their coat doesn’t just warm them, it regulates their temperature in both directions through insulation and release.
3. Brush regularly.
If you’re wary of grooming when it’s cold outside or want to skip a bath during the summer, brushing is your biggest aid. Not only does it reduce shedding, it distributes their natural oils which can help keep skin moisturized in dry months.
4. Remember their Paws.
Get into the habit of wiping your pet’s paws after any outing where snow or mud can accumulate. It’s not just for the carpet, it’s a good opportunity to make sure there isn’t anything wedged in their paw pads which can cause major discomfort and matting.
5. Don’t Forget about Fleas.
It’s important to maintain a regular flea prevention regimen year round to be safe – especially if you live in a place where winters are mild. Remember that these pests thrive in the summer and can live in warm pet beds, barns, or dog houses for months in cold weather, so don’t let your guard down.
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