Keeping your dog's coat healthy is key to keeping your dog happy
BURLINGTON, ON, Nov. 23, 2020 /CNW/ -- With harsh Canadian winter conditions looming it's important to update your dog's grooming routine to protect their skin and paws. PetSmart Canada's certified groomers have put together a few important tips for keeping your dog's coat and paws healthy this winter.
A healthy coat is key to helping your dog regulate their temperature properly while keeping their skin free from infection. Regular baths are just as necessary in the winter as in the summer, because dogs can feel the same drying effects of the cold that humans can. Make sure to use a gentle, moisturizing shampoo during the winter to sooth any dry skin and keep fur moisturized.
Proper brushing year-round is important for long-haired dogs and those with thick coats, but especially important during the winter months. Matted hair can keep moisture in, which holds bacterial growth and can cause skin infections; not to mention it's uncomfortable for your pooch.
Daily brushing also promotes the distribution of your dog's natural oils through their coat which helps reduce dry skin, a dull coat and potential infection.
During the winter, there are a variety of chemicals and salts used to melt ice on pavement. Chemicals can get stuck in the hair between your dog's toes so it's important to keep that area well-groomed and inspect it often. These chemicals can also dry out your pup's paws and cause them to crack which can be painful for your dog.
Use a balm like Muttluks Pawmagic Paw Protection Cream to protect their paws and nose. To apply, simply rub a small amount onto your dog's paw pads and a little bit on the nose to keep those areas moisturized and healthy.
Try getting your dog used to the idea of wearing boots this winter like the PawZ Rubber Dog Boots ? they're very light and stretch right over your dog's entire paw to protect it.
The right tools
There are four primary dog brushes and different dogs require a different type of brush:
Book an appointment to visit your local PetSmart Grooming Salon for any questions you have about winter coat maintenance. PetSmart has the highest safety standards in the industry where stylists complete 800 or more hours of hands-on instruction and safety certification, working with at least 200 dogs of all breeds and sizes. All stylists complete annual safety re-certification and participate in monthly safety scenario trainings.
In Canada, PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart's passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. PetSmart employs approximately 4,800 associates and operates more than 140 pet stores in Canada, as well as eight in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. The retailer provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding at PetSmart Doggie Day Camptm and pet adoption. PetSmart and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with more than 200 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 300,000 adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization.
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