3 Things Your Dog Doesn’t Tell You In Winter
Have you ever had your dog groomed in anticipation of a photo shoot? Keira was groomed today and she’s getting her portrait taken next week in celebration of her 10-year birthday. Just like you, I want her to be shiny and cute for her photo session. But, doesn’t it just figure? I got her groomed and she looks beautiful, but now it’s going to snow (if the predictions are correct). Living in Denver, it’s hard to know what the winds will bring. One hour it can be snowing and the next blue sky and sunny. I’m not exaggerating either; it can change in a New York minute. Did you ever wonder what 3 things your dog would tell you about winter living?
It’s Time To Embrace The Sweater and Coat
Winter clothes for pets isn’t just for looks and entertainment. Depending on your pet it can be extremely practical and necessary. Obviously, the colder the temp, the more important the layers. If you have concerns about your dog getting cold, there’s honestly no harm is dressing them in layers (especially if they’re shivering!) Yes, your pup comes with its own layering system but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others. Also, maybe your dog finds itself in an environment that it’s genetically not suited for. Poor pup, layer up!
Reduce Bath Time
So Keria is groomed now but honestly should baths be reduced during the colder weather? I’ve heard both pros and cons on this topic. Dogs continue to get dirty in the winter, often their fur mats walking through the mud and snow. The absolute key on this debate is to make sure your dog is 100% dry before you allow them to go outside. I don’t know about you, but I’m terribly uncomfortable when I’m cold! Brrr! If you choose to reduce the amount of wet bathing, there are dry products that can be used in the interim. Making a dry dog shampoo is really easy and fun for the kids. There is a great recipe here from the dogtipper
. Whatever you decide to do during the cold winter months remember that there’s good news. The natural oil in your pets fur helps their coat from drying out. Your dog has a built in moisturizing system!
An Oil A Day Keeps The Dr. Away
Coconut oil and flax oil added to your dog's mealtime could really help with dry skin while adding healthy fat to your pets diet. You can even add these oils right to your pets skin (thinking paws) to help with hot spots or itchy skin. This is a great hack to keep your pets bowl clean while adding extra oil to your pet's diet. You understand the importance of a clean pet bowl but did you know that adding a light coating of all natural olive oil to the bowl will help with clean up while giving your pets coat a nice shine? Try it. I bet you’ll love this idea. Obviously, your dog can’t talk using our spoken language, but they do know how to communicate with us if we just listen. Every seasonal change brings challenges that we need to address with our pet safety, this only addressed three. What would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.