Winter’s cold, dry air wreaks havoc on human skin, causing sore chapped hands and fingers, Eczema flareups, and so much more. But did you know that your dog’s skin and coat are also susceptible to the elements? Maintaining the health of your dog’s skin and coat is critical when it comes to enduring severe seasonal weather and temperature conditions and preventing skin disorders that could worsen over time.
Keep the following skin care tips in mind this winter:
- To bathe or not to bathe? Many pet owners mistakenly think that bathing may exacerbate skin conditions for their pets during the winter months. In actuality, frequent baths using a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner can boost the health of your dog’s skin.
- Canceling the itchy and scratchy show: You may have noticed the telltale signs of flaky, dry skin in the past: incessant scratching and licking that drives you – and your dog – crazy.
Seborrhea is a common skin condition for certain dog breeds, including the English springer spaniel, the West Highland terrier, and more. It’s hallmarked by dry, flaky, irritated skin that may even stink. Seborrhea can worsen during drastic temperature changes – like moving from the chilled air outdoors to the dry, warm heat of a house.
If you notice the signs of seborrhea, or any other skin or coat ailment, consult with your veterinarian. Your dog’s doctor will help you determine any underlying causes for skin irritations and can offer grooming tips that may provide relief.
- Choosing a great grooming partner: As mentioned, baths are not necessarily a bad idea during the winter – assuming you use the proper dog skin and coat care products. Green Acres Pet Resort offers consummate dog bathing and spa services to fit every breed, every budget, and every winter coat worry you may have.
From a quick bath after daycare to the full-service spa treatment including ear cleaning and nail trimming, Green Acres’ grooming professionals have the training and techniques to boost your dog’s skin and coat defenses, while helping your pet feel and look its best.
Grooming services are available 7 days a week, by appointment. Contact us today to schedule a visit.