Winter Care – Coat Conditioning For Your Pet

Long Haired Miniature Dachshund

 

The cold winter is upon us. While morning walks give you the chills, remember that your pooch needs just a tiny bit of extra attention this season since the tendency this of the year veers towards dry, flaky skin. The dog will get itchy.

Try these tips to keep the coat soft and the skin healthy:

Bathe
Not a time for frequent baths, winter is when you should increase the interval between baths. Frequent bathing – whatever the season- with soaps and shampoos strips the skin of natural oils causing it to dry up. It also causes flaky itchy skin or even dandruff. Go for an oatmeal bath or rinse or use a moisturising shampoo or select a dry bath product from the market.

Brush
Don’t stop brushing your dog. Along with removing dead skin and fur, regular brushing stimulates hair follicles to release the much needed natural oils.

Healthy Diet
You must visit the vet if your dogs skin is very pink or patchy or if he is scratching too much. It may be cured simply by increasing the intake of Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet. Salmon oil, sunflower oil and olive oil help in that direction. Just add it to their food and watch the coat get healthy.

Coat Conditioning
Massage your dog with coconut oil before a bath. It works nicely on the fur. Spray rose water which contains glycerine to keep the skin moisturised.

Watch The Water
While trying to stay warm during winter, dogs burn a lot of energy so they can get dehydrated. Keep the water bowl full of clean water.

Compare With You
This is very important for dogs staying outdoors, if the weather is too cold for you to be out in, it probably is too cold for him too. Create a warm place outdoors or bring him into the house!

At The Feet
Rub some petroleum jelly into your pooch’s footpads to prevent cracks from developing, just like we do for us humans.

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan

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