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Winter Skin Care Tips For Your Dog
Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Kate
Northern Exposure - Paws and Toes
Going from a heated home into the cold for a walk can cause itchy, flaky skin. If they get wet between the toes they can also develop itchy fungal problems. Towel off the dog when you get home and don't forget to get right into those toes.
Road salt, de-icing chemicals, ice and snow can cling to your dog's fur, drying out and irritating skin. Keep long-haired dogs clipped, including the hair between their toes.
Cold roads and paths mean stinging pads and sore toes. Wash and dry your dog's paws after every walk to remove salt and chemicals. Check for cracked pads and sore toes. Use Ekoneem or Lintbells Skin Balm to soothe and heal your dog's irritated skin.
In winter your dog is more likely to get chapped paws. Massaging Skin Balm into their paws and in between the toes, after you've towelled them dry will help to prevent and heal chapped toes and pads.
We like a hot bath in cold weather but our dogs don't really need it. Too much bathing can remove their own oils. Try not to encourage itchy, dry skin by bathing as little as possible during the cold winter months. If you do need to bathe your dog use something gentle like Skinny Dip Shampoo or Ekoneem shampoo bar.
Layer up your dog in a winter jacket, especially short-haired breeds. This will help them retain body heat and stop the skin from drying out.
Salt, de-icing chemicals and ice can be harmful if licked and can be painful on the paws. Boots or shoes can help (if your dog will stand it!) Boots will prevent salt and grit from getting lodged in between the toes too. Pawz make disposable dog boots.
Giving the dog a good brush will improve circulation, and skin condition.
Just like us, pets can get dehydrated in winter, and their usual watering holes outside may have frozen up. Make sure there's plenty of water in the house to drink.
A lot of us retreat to the sofa for winter, dogs aren't much different. If they want to remain indoors, watch The Killing and scratch, who are we to deny them!