Winter Grooming Tips
Ensure pets stay healthy this winter with our grooming advice:
1. Brush out and wipe down cats and dogs daily to help prevent tangles and matting. Check the skin whilst brushing for thorns, dry patches, sores and lumps.
2. Do not bathe too often as this can strip the skin and coat of natural oils. Instead, exercise spot cleaning with Groomers Quick Wash Spray.
3. Should the pet need bathing, ensure they are completely dry before letting them outside into cold temperatures, and that they are bathed with a moisturising shampoo such as Groomers Evening Primrose Oil Shampoo.
4. Dry animals as thoroughly as possible after being outdoors to prevent a drop in core temperature.
5. Wipe feet dry after outings to keep paws from becoming cracked, especially if roads and paths have been salted. This will also help save carpets! If the dog will accept them, boots like Karlie Protective Dog Boots are ideal for sensitive feet during snowy or icy conditions when snow can become compacted in pads.
6. Trim excess hair from between the pads of coated breeds to prevent mud or ice sticking and lodging there. Consult a professional if unsure. If possible, rinse the feet with warm water after walks to help remove snow, salt and gravel, then dry thoroughly.
7. Consider a balm such as Shaws Paw Wax to help protect from exposure to cold weather and moisturise dry pads.
8. Check nail length weekly as nails are less likely to be worn down due to a more hours spent indoors.
9. Consider trimming the coat in places where snow or salty road dirt may gather, such as the abdomen and legs.
10. Hairless breeds need protection from the elements, but coated breeds can also benefit from coats or jumpers. Breeds such as huskies and collies are less likely to feel the cold but waterproof lightweight coats will help keep them clean and comfortable. Small breeds, toy breeds, breeds with fine coats and elderly animals can be more susceptible to cold weather. Pets with breed standard clips such as the poodle may also need this extra layer.
Always talk to a professional groomer or vet for advice and information on the best grooming and health practises if unsure.