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Winter Care for Dogs

December 11, 2020

While we may not have snow in most parts of India, this weather definitely warrants bundling up both pooch and parent! Every season brings along a change to our pet’s care routine and winter is no different. Take especially good care of senior pets as they tend to feel the cold more. Here’s a guide on the three broad areas of winter care for your pet:

For the Coat and Skin

Cool winter breezes bring with it, dry skin. Dryness can make your pet’s skin itchy and turn him or her into an ever-scratching, uncomfortable bundle. Constant and severe scratching can also break the skin, causing light bleeding. So, you need to pay attention to dog skin care this season.

Coconut Oil Massages: Virgin, organic and cold pressed coconut oil hydrates the skin and coat. A massage with it not only relaxes your pet but also leaves the coat with a lovely, glossy finish. As an additional benefit, coconut oil on the skin helps small scrapes heal and eases irritation from fleabite allergies.

Don’t forget the conditioner! After giving your pet a bath, be careful to use conditioner to leave the coat protected. The general dryness of the season leads to static and your pet may get an unpleasant shock when he walks past curtains or lays down on mats. You can also use conditioner-based dog shampoos. Remember to always use dog shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for dogs, not humans. Dogs have skin with a different pH level than ours and our shampoos are very harsh for their skin.

Snout Butter and Paw balms are the perfect remedy for cracked paw pads and noses. Winter tends to dry them out, so remember to dab on a bit of snout butter to keep those adorable noses gleaming. Paw balm works well as a dog paw moisturizer. Make sure you apply it on the paw pads just before bedtime so your pet doesn’t march around the house with it and rub it off in seconds!

‘Plan B’ for Baths: The weather forecast for Bath Day may not always be favourable. Baths for your pooch if the sun isn’t out to dry their coat well is never a good idea. So between baths, use pet wipes or dry shampoo for dogs to keep your pet’s coat refreshed, clean and smelling good! Alternatively, go to a grooming salon where they can use a professional dryer.

For their Diet

Honey is a superfood that strengthens your pet’s overall immunity by fighting infections and digestive problems. It has plenty of antioxidants and does wonders for sore throats and coughs. Please speak to a vet or a certified canine nutritionist on the dosage as this varies from one pet to another. If he or she has never had it before, the doses will begin very small and be increased very gradually. Honey is only to be given to adult dogs and is not suitable for pups.

Fish inclusions are ideal for this weather. They contain plenty of omega fatty acids that improve the health of your pet’s coat and skin.

Hydration is always important, but the cold weather discourages your pet from drinking their usual quota of water. Make up for it by including soups and broths in their diets.

Another superfood for dogs is turmeric, so golden paste is another excellent natural supplement.

For Cosiness and Comfort

Get them off the Floor! Cold floors are even worse in the winter. Despite their coat of fur, pets do feel the cold (especially senior pets). Remember to lay out pet mats and get them cosy beds and blankets. Pet mats are easy to carry from room to room. You may want to consider orthopedic beds for senior dogs as the cold can cause joint aches to flare up.

Warm clothing like dog sweaters and T-shirts are good depending on how cold your city gets. Dog winterwear especially helps arthritic dogs and those with joint aches. Keeping those joints warm eases, the pain.

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