‘Tis the season for cooler weather! Chillier temperatures can cause all kinds of issues for pets from irritated skin to diet deficiencies. Here are a few tips to keep your pet healthy and comfortable during the winter months.
Indoor temperatures…Continuously coming out of the cold into a overly warm home can make your pet’s skin dry, flaky, and itchy. Keep your thermostat set at a moderate temperature and use a humidifier as needed.
Trim, don’t shave…No matter how much you dislike shedding, your dog needs a good coat of fur to protect him from the cold outdoor temperatures. If matting is a major issue, try trimming your pet’s fur up and make brushing a part of your daily routine. If your dog’s hair is short, invest in a high-necked sweater that provides coverage from the base of his tail to his belly.
Lighten up on baths…Good news for your pooch! Bathe your dog as little as possible during the winter. Over-bathing can remove the essential oils needed to keep your dog’s skin nice and moisturized. If you do have to bathe your dog, do so with a moisturizing shampoo.
Wash paws after walks…Ice-melting chemicals are dangerous to pets as they irritate the skin and are poisonous if licked off. Be sure to rinse your pet’s paws after a walk and remove any snow or ice. Be sure to dry thoroughly.Petroleum jelly can be rubbed on the pads to prevent cracks and soothe irritated skin.
More food…Does your pooch tend to nose their food bowl more during chilly spells? Our pets actually burn more calories during colder months and need a little more food to maintain a healthy calorie intake. You can chat with your vet to determine how many more calories are needed. Be sure to keep water bowls full as well to keep your pet hydrated.
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