Just like humans, pets get lethargic and tend to gain weight during the winter months. Here, certified pet groomer Taria Avery offers three tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy during the winter months.
1. Brush or Comb Your Pet 2-3 Times a Week
Keeping your pet’s coat clear of knots and matts is as important as maintaining monthly baths. Using a brush is fine, but if your pet has long curly hair be sure to use a comb and take it all the way down to the skin. For some double coated dogs, excess oils can build up in their skin and may cause dry patches that may eventually contribute to hot spots if pet parents do not pay attention to their pet’s skincare regimen. On a double-coated dog, use a brush to remove the excess undercoat and to facilitate proper air circulation to the skin.
Cats require grooming too. Many cat owners believe their cats do a good enough job keeping clean, but they too need a thorough combing to help keep their skin and coat healthy.
2. Set Aside 15 Minutes for Essential Care
In addition to brushing or combing, essential care includes clipping nails, brushing teeth, and cleaning out pet’s ears. This should be done about 1-3 times a week depending on your fur-kid’s specific needs. During the winter season, grooming nuances tend to get put off, but to keep pesky infections at bay it is critical to maintain essential care.
3. Maintain Exercise Habits
Don’t let the blistering winter elements stop pets from getting the exercise they need. Pet parents can create in-house solutions to make sure their pets get the required exercise. For example, allowing pets to walk on treadmills is a great way to keep pets fit. But be sure to keep the treadmill on low speed, and discuss it with your Veterinarian before putting your pet on any exercising machine.
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