Many dogs enjoy the cold and the snow that the season of winter brings. Even though several dogs enjoy romping through fresh snow, they don’t enjoy the discomforts that come with winter. Chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin are discomforts that many dogs suffer in the winter. Luckily, there’s something you can do to help curtail your furry friend’s suffering.
Follow these 8 tips to help protect your dog from the irritations they may experience this winter!
Dry Them Off – Did you know that coming out from the cold into a building that is dry and warm can cause itchy, flaking skin? This goes for your pets, too. Be sure to towel dry your pet as soon as he comes in from the cold. Pay great attention to his feet and in between his toes when you gently dry him off. Also, make sure your home is humidified enough; if it isn’t, perhaps invest in a humidifier to help.
Trim Her Up – Does your pup have long locks? Be sure to trim your long-haired dog in order to minimize how much ice, snow, salt, and de-icing chemicals cling to her. These can all dry out the skin. Don’t forget about the hair in between her toes!
Bathe Less Frequently – During the cold months of winter, try to bathe your dog more infrequently. Washing too often can remove the essential oil’s of your dog’s coat and also increase the chance of developing flaky, itchy skin. If you need to bathe your pup, aim for a moisturizing shampoo that will help shield the skin from dryness.
Bundle Him Up – When you take your walks this winter, be sure to bundle yourself and your dog up! Put your pet in a sweater or a coat to help him retain body heat and prevent his skin from getting dry, especially if he is a short-haired pup. You can also try putting booties on his feet so that his feet stay protected from painful salt crystals, chemical ice-melting agents, and poisonous anti-freeze.
Brush Regularly – When you brush your dog regularly, you won’t just get rid of the dead hair on his body. You’ll also stimulate blood circulation, which improves the skin’s overall condition, and it’s a great bonding experience for the both of you!
Keep Hydrated – It takes quite a bit of energy to stay warm, so your pet might be dragging the water bowl along the floor a little more frequently. Be sure to give your dog plenty of water to help keep him well-hydrated, which in turn helps keep the skin less dry overall.
Bring a Towel on Walks – It might seem a little weird, but bringing a towel along on your walks can help clean off and manage stinging, irritated paws more easily. Once you’re done with your walk, wash and dry your pet’s paws to remove the salt, ice, and chemicals on the sidewalk. Additionally, check for cracks in her paw pads or redness between the toes.
Bring Her Inside – Remember, if it’s too cold for you out there, it’s too cold for your pet. Be conscientious and bring your pets inside as much as possible during the winter.
We hope that these 8 tips will help you and your pup get through the winter months with flying colors! If you find that you can’t always keep your dog inside during the cold months, bring him over to BauserHaus! He’ll have a blast playing with other dogs and socializing with our dog-loving humans, and we’ll have fun pampering him. Find us online at www.bauserhaus.com to learn more about us or call us at (314) 961-3911.