When walking dogs in the cold and snow paws can become raw or dry and this can be painful for pups! A good idea is to have a warm, damp cloth to wipe paws with after a walk. This will clean of dirt and debris, plus in the winter there is often ice melt or salt, this can really dry out your pup’s pads, wipe it off after every walk! If you see your pup’s pads becoming dry or irritated there are some good pad balms on the market, you can also use vitamin E oil. (If you see painful sores, please take your dog to the vet!)
A warm, damp cloth will also help to remove those pesky snowballs that can end up all over hairy legs! After wiping down the snowballs, use a soft brush to remove the rest of the snow and debris. For your long haired pups, your groomer can help too by trimming the hair on your dog’s feet and legs!
All dogs shed! Some breeds more than others. Unless you have a hairless breed, you will deal with dog hair one way or the other! Shedding is a natural process that allows new coat to come in. Some breeds are considered “light shedders”, these are the breeds that usually need to be clipped, stripped and/or scissored. Some breeds are seasonal shedders who appear to “blow” their coats (losing that thick undercoat, these are double coated dogs), generally twice a year, with the seasons. As our dogs live more indoors, the dog’s body does tend to give the signal to continue to shed in the heat. Indoors, heat can also cause drying of the skin and coat which can promote the shedding process.
Long-haired dogs may appear to shed more heavily but it can be just the length of the hair that gives that illusion. What can you do? Several things: Try adding some oil to your dog’s diet. I like fish oils, (such as salmon oil) these have natural fatty and omega acids that can help to moisturize skin and help the coat maintain that shiny healthy look. Most important, grooming! Brush your dogs regularly, (getting out loose hair, and brushing helps your dogs natural oils in the skin come to the surface) especially long haired breeds, to stop matting. Ask me what brush will work best for your dog’s coat. Most important, keep regular grooming appointments, about every 4-6 weeks. With brushing in-between appointments, not only will you see less shedding, but your dog’s coat and skin will be healthier, shinier and easier to manage!
Ask me about my ‘De-Shed Package‘ With this package I will use a special shampoo and conditioner that will help to release that loose hair that naturally sheds. I will use a dryer that blows much of that hair out and extra brushing that will help the process of releasing that hair and also release those natural oils. This process is not 100% effective to stop shedding but will usually help to get out 80-90% of that loose hair! With regular brushing, your pet’s coat will benefit and look healthy and shiny, and a great deal less of it will end up in your house!