Dog taking a bathHave you stopped showering this winter?

No?

Then why would you hold off on your pet’s grooming during the winter months, when you’re still taking care of your own hygiene needs?

For many breeds, grooming is an important part of your pet’s overall health and is necessary for their overall comfort and wellness. And for many pets, especially those who spend time outdoors, this is especially true during the winter…

Protecting Your Pet

When you bring your dog in for grooming, it’s not just the topcoat of fur that is being tended to or his or her overall look that is being styled.

What makes winter grooming important for pets; especially during the winter, is their undercoat.

A dog’s undercoat is designed to keep him or her warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If the undercoat is allowed to mat up, your pet’s skin cannot breathe and the under coat cannot dry.

This is comparable to wearing a wet wool sweater under your puffy jacket. It takes forever to dry, is wretchedly uncomfortable, and after a while it starts to smell a little funky.

The same is essentially true for your pet. And ultimately your pet’s matted undercoat is keeping your dog colder, not warmer.

Likewise, bacteria, dirt, parasites, deicer, and all sorts of other nasty debris can get trapped against your pet’s skin, ultimately affecting his or her health too.

A Proper Pet-icure

Even if your pet isn’t a breed that typically needs grooming, during the winter months you may want to consider bringing him or her in for a pedicure anyway.

Just as the bacteria, dirt, and deicer mentioned above can get trapped against your pet’s skin and cause health issues, the same is true for your pet’s feet.

Deicer is of particular concern during the winter months, as it can be toxic to pets if consumed. If the fur is allowed to become too long or matted between the paw pads and around the feet, deicer can get caught up in the fur, and eventually consumed during your dog’s self-grooming.

Always be sure to wipe your pet’s paws when he or she comes indoors to reduce this risk. But if you pet’s paws are looking a little shaggy, you may want to bring your pup in for a trim – even if it’s just around the feet.

The Bow On Top

Keeping your pet clean and groomed throughout the winter months can help keep the winter blues away too.

The one-on-one attention your pet receives during grooming can go a long way in helping to put a spring back in your pup’s step. Plus, it just feels good to be clean, especially when the rest of the world feels so gray and dirty.

So if you’ve been remiss on bringing your pet in for grooming this winter, give us a call. It’s not just your pet’s look and attitude that will improve, but grooming is important for your pet’s  all around wellbeing, too.