There is no doubt that dogs need grooming all year round. But, now we are entering winter, it is especially important to make sure your pet has a regular winter grooming plan. Here are 5 dog grooming tips you should follow as we move into the cold winter season.
1. Bathe – in moderation. It's okay to bathe your dog in the winter. You can bathe your dog with a moisturizing shampoo and with comfortable warm water. Also, one of the key differences when it comes to winter dog grooming is regulating their body temperature. For this reason, you want to make sure your dog is completely dry after a bath and don't let them go out in the cold after bathing until they are completely dry.
2. Take care of dry skin. Just like our skin gets dry during the winter season so does your dog's skin. Keep your dog's coat moisturized by using a moisturizing shampoo at bathe time and try a dog anti-itch spray in between baths to soothe your dog’s coat and keep it itch-free.
3. Regular brushing. Keep your dog’s coat in top condition by brushing daily to remove tangles, dirt and dead hair, and to increase skin circulation and distribute oil. Regular brushing helps to keep your dog's coat mat-free.
4. Protect your dog’s paws and keep nails trimmed. Your dog's paws are sensitive and walking on cold, muddy, snowy sidewalks can have some harsh effects on your dog's paws. Try out dog boots or use a microfiber towel to wipe their paws after going outside.
5. Check your dog's nose. The cold weather can dry out your dog's nose - get a nose balm to keep it moisturized.
So that’s all for our advice on winter dog grooming and as always consult with your groomer or vet for the best plan of action. We hope it was helpful, and we wish you plenty of warm, furry snuggles this winter.