Hot or cold, all dogs need annual grooming. It is not uncommon, just as with humans, for dogs to get chafed, dry skin in the winter months. The harsh weather and indoor heat has a way to present dryness that affects your dog’s skin and coat. For your dog’s good health, it is important that you follow a regular winter grooming program during the severe cold season. The friendly staff at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home can provide you some great grooming tips and all necessary supplies for your dog’s healthy skin and coat.
The onset of winter is when your dog will begin shedding the summer fur which is replaced with a protective winter coat. Shedding usually begins in early to mid autumn. To stimulate new healthy fur growth and supple skin, it is imperative the coat be brushed and combed daily during the shedding season. A regular professional grooming helps to remove more of the dead skin, fur and undercoat. Keeping the coat in good groomed condition through the weather guarantees greater insulation for your pet. A scruffy looking coat, not groomed regularly, can mat and attract more snow and debris, and if kept wet can be a breeding ground for severe skin conditions. If you are planning to keep your dog’s coat long for the winter, be prepared to comb it daily to prevent mats.
Keeping the feet in tip-top shape is very important. Most dogs are not fond of wearing anything on their feet during cold snowy weather, even though we intend it for their protection. As a result, you need to be sure your dog’s feet are well cared for. A professional grooming will take care of the needs of your pet’s feet but the first concern is to keep the nails trim. Because of the snow and ice-covered areas, even if your pet goes for walks, the nails will not wear down as much as they normally would. If the nails are not kept neatly trimmed, it makes it difficult for them to keep control on ice and snow.
A grooming of the feet and pads will also keep the hair short. Fur should be removed from under the pads as well as a short length around the paws. Without the proper groomed foot, your pet will be apt to collect an excess of ice and snow on and under their feet, causing irritation and possible injury.
Continue normal grooming for your pet in the winter months will guarantee healthy skin and coat for proper insulation from the elements. To further protect your dog, consider a coat or sweater. If your dog allows it, boots can help to defend the feet and pads, not only from ice and snow but other things such as rock salt. With the danger of ice and snow around your dog’s potty area, be sure to use pet-safe salt for their protection. If puppy goes out “barefoot” and develops a snowball under the pads or anywhere on the fur, a little warm water on a rag will remove. Limit your dogs’ outdoor time during extreme cold weather.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
For the Chihuahua lovers in the Rockford area, you can check out – Chihuahua Land Rockford or Chihuahua Rescue. You can also find some beautiful, healthy Chihuahuas and other small puppies at – http://www.scottspuppypalace.com/teacuppuppies.htm.
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