Brrr…. It’s cold outside! Who wants to think about giving a dog a bath when it’s so chilly out? BUT… cold weather along with winter’s snow and ice can wreak havoc on our dog’s skin, coat, paws and nose during their daily walks, even inside, the low humidity of heated indoor air can make your pet’s skin dry and itchy. The winter season is definitely not the time to slack on your pet’s grooming routine, so here are a few tips to help keep your pet healthy all winter long! Dry them off. If your dog is coming in from playing in the snow or running in the rain, it’s important that you dry them thoroughly. Just like us our pets are susceptible to the chills. Also the excessive dry air created by indoor heaters and a combination of a damp coat can cause your dog’s skin to become dry and itchy.
Brush them out. Brushing your dog daily or even weekly can significantly reduce the amount of shedding and matting in their coat. Excess hair can cause mats and eventually, the mats become so close to the skin that it can become painful or even dangerous to remove them. Keeping the coat in a breathable condition allows it to insulate your dog as it’s supposed to. Regular brushing also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog’s coat, which helps relieve the dryness that results from winter weather. The last thing you want to do is let a winter coat get so matted that the dog must be shaved down in the middle of winter. Winter bath time. Contrary to popular opinion, your pet does need bathing throughout the winter months to keep his skin and coat healthy, at least one weekly bath. In fact, done properly, frequent shampoos and conditioning can help to reduce dryness, matting and related skin problems. You should always use pet shampoos formulated to moisturize and condition – human shampoos can dry out your pet’s skin. Ideally you want to look for shampoos made with organic ingredients and essential oils as oppose to shampoos with artificial fragrances and added chemicals that can irritate your pet’s skin. Pura Naturals Pet™ Shampoos and Conditioners are certified to USDA Organic Standards by the Vermont Organic Farmers. If you don’t bath your dog yourself, or you don’t have the space in the winter months to bath your dog inside, but want to keep them clean in between your grooming appointments, try our Certified Organic Powder Dry Shampoo. This organic powder is a perfect option to eliminate oil, dirt and odors and keep pet’s fur feeling soft and bouncy between regular grooming sessions. Protect the paws. You should pay special attention to your dog’s paws and nails. Ice and salted sidewalks can be extremely irritating to paw pads and can lead to cracking or sores. Be sure to clip any long hair on the bottom of the paws. This is to prevent any snow or ice from sticking to the hairs and forming painful snow balls. After walks, it is a good idea to rinse your dog’s feet with warm water to remove any ice, salt, or gravel. It is also especially important to keep toenails short. Cold toenails break more easily when running through snow and ice. To help soothe cracked pads or irritation due to the cold, snow and salt use a moisturizer on your dog’s paws. Our Certified Organic Paw Rescue made with organic Shea Butter and Vitamin E hydrates and soothes to promote healing. Learn more about keeping your pet’s paws healthy all winter long here. Protect the nose. Cold weather is known to dry out the skin, including the skin on your dog’s nose. Dog noses are especially prone to drying out and becoming irritated if your dog is playing outside in the cold or in the snow. To prevent your dog’s nose from drying out or even cracking you need a natural moisturizer that will keep their nose healthy all winter long. Our Certified Organic Button Nose Balm made with Organic Beeswax and Organic Oils helps to moisturize, soothe and heal cracked noses.