Winter is easily the toughest time of the year to keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. Wind, snow, and freezing temperatures can be unkind to your dog’s fluffy fur coat. Today we’re going to talk about a few easy winter dog grooming techniques that you can use to help your dog’s coat make it through the season unscathed.
Winter Dog Grooming Tips
Here’s how you can help keep your dog’s coat in tip-top shape, all winter long:
Brush Your Dog’s Coat Regularly
We know your dog loves walks – but trekking through the snow and wind can cause your dog’s fur to become wet, matted, or full of debris. This is why it’s important to try to brush your dog’s coat weekly, if not daily. Experts recommend that 100 brush strokes should do the trick to keep your dog’s coat from shedding or matting.
Protect Your Dog’s Paws and Nails
Ice and salt are prime suspects for paw discomfort in dogs. It’s important to wipe the salt off your dog’s paws after a walk to prevent discomfort. You can also run your dog’s paws under warm water. Also, try to clip any long hairs on the bottom of your dog’s paws, as hair can cause snow and other debris to become lodged. Try to keep your dog’s nails trimmed as well, as long nails can cause your dog to slip and fall on the ice – which can be dangerous.
Use a Dog Sweater Sparingly
Dog sweaters can definitely be helpful in that they keep dogs warm when their fur isn’t enough. However, the prolonged and repeated usage of dog sweaters can attribute to their fur matting, which is not good. When your dog’s fur becomes super matted, sometimes the only way to fix it is to shave it off – which would be a hard (and cold) fate to face during the wintertime.
If you do use a dog sweater, experts stress that your dog’s coat must be brushed every time you take a pet sweater off. This will not only reduce and eliminate matting but will help your pet stay warm.
Keep Your Dog’s Coat Clean With Baths and Dry Shampoo
Giving your dog baths in the winter is a great way to make sure their coat stays shiny and clean. However, you must make sure their coat is completely dry before taking them outside. Going outside with wet fur can cause your dog to become chilled, freeze, and become ill. Pet stores and dog groomers also have dry shampoo products that you can use on your dog without them having to get wet. This is an excellent way to have your pooch feeling fresh and clean without having to get in the water!
If you want more winter dog grooming tips or are unsure about exactly how to groom your pet, make sure you talk to the expert – your veterinarian! They’ll be able to give you the rundown on what exactly you should do to ensure your dog stays healthy and safe during the winter.
If you need help with winter dog walking, contact Next Level Pet Care, our dog walking and pet sitting services are here to help care for your furry friends!
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