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Here Comes the Winter - Grooming doesn't stop
You may think that during the winter it is best to let your dog’s hair grow long and thick to keep them warm and to stop them from feeling the winter chill, however, grooming couldn’t be more important than at this time of year.
While it’s true that double-coated breeds and others with thick, long fur are more ‘winter-ready’ than short-haired dogs, the ‘blessing’ of these thick coats in winter can quickly become a curse if the coat isn’t maintained in a healthy condition. Whilst out walking with your 4 legged, furry friend this winter you need to be aware of what the weather conditions can do to their paws and coat. Wet and rainy weather can result in long, wet and matted fur (if your pooch enjoys rolling around in the mud you will also have this to contend with). Grit/salt on the roads and icy conditions can leave your dogs paws full of little ice balls coupled with the grit and anything else they might pick up along the way. All of this can easily lead to a cold, wet and infection-susceptible dog.
Fur that’s matted doesn’t insulate or provide warmth; instead, it provides discomfort, pain and hot spots. Matting can even lead to infections below the skin, so when considering the effects of less frequent grooming, consider how your dog's health may be affected as a result. Grooming isn’t just to make your dog look beautiful (although this is one of the reasons) but it also crucial to your dog’s good health.
5 Reasons for a spring groom
Spring has arrived, so as many pet owners may have started to notice piles of dog hair on their clothes, furniture, and floor!
In winter, dogs grow heavier coats to protects them from the cold and the elements. Come spring, however, this coat will be shedding! Depending on the breed of dog, matting can be an issue as well. If matting is the case, it is time to visit your groomers.
1. Loosen hair with a bath
Many dogs stay inside during the winter months, but their bodies will sense the change of weather when they head outside for a walk. As a result, coats thicken in winter and need more maintenance through brushing and bathing. The opposite tends to happen in the months leading to summer.A shampoo and conditioning treatment followed by proper drying will loosen a good deal of hair from a dog.
2. Time for a trim
The advent of spring is an excellent time to trim a dog’s hair – regular trimming keeps a dog’s coat soft, removes tangles and damaged hair, and prepares them for a warmer season.
3. Brush it out
While regular brushing will result in less shedding, many pet owners prefer to let a professional dog groomer work their magic instead. Brushing spreads, the natural oils throughout the coat, keeping it healthy and preventing shedding in the spring months.
4. Don’t forget other areas
While a dog’s coat is extremely important to their health, it’s also essential to assess the dog overall as you prepare for the spring months. While bathing, be sure to examine each dog’s ears and eyes and don’t forget to check the sanitary area.
5. Flea and ticks
Now is the time to ! Consult with your vet on finding the best product for your pet. There would be a lot of ticks and fleas starting to appear as we approach summer
Doggy Ear Care
Prompt veterinary care is essential to avoid more serious consequences, If in doubt always consult a veterinary nurse or a specialist.
1. Keep the Ears Dry
Clean and dry ears every five to 10 days or as recommended by your vets. If your dog is a swimmer or is bathed regularly, clean his ears as soon as possible after water exposure.
2. Keep the Ears Clean
Always use a vet-recommended solution, Lift up the earflap, soak a cotton ball with the solution and squeeze cotton ball inside the ear to let solution go in or squeeze the liquid into the canal. After gently massaging the base of the ear for 20 to 30 seconds and letting your dog shake his head, use dry cotton balls or soft towels to wipe off debris. DO NOT INSERT ANYTHING INTO EAR CANALS.
3. Reconsider Plucking Ear Hairs
Plucking your dog’s ear hair can be beneficial, but it’s not appropriate for every dog. We stick by the old adage, ‘If it ain't broke, don't fix it.’ If a dog has healthy ears and has not had infections, there is no need for ear plucking other than cosmetic reasons. But, if a dog with very hairy canals keeps getting ear infections then it can help to keep the canals free of hair which helps the circulation of air ear inside the ear canal. If you do decide to pluck hair from your dog’s ears, this is probably not something you want to try at home, unless you’re experienced. Overly-aggressive plucking could lead to pain and cause more ear problems.
Recommended Hair Detangler and Matt Remover
We recommend using COWBOY Magic Detangler to help with matt removal and detangling hair on dog's coat. It is one of many products which can be used to help reduce the mating on the coat. If matts are not removed promptly, they can cause discomfort and pain or in extreme cases can affect dog's behaviour.
Be careful when feeding human brand peanut butter to dogs as some contain xylitol. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs so always check ingredients. Please check Blue Cross website for more information.
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