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Special tips for grooming your dog throughout the winter months

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Grooming your dog is an important aspect in pet care and maintenance. For healthy skin and coat, your dog needs regular baths, brushing and combing along with clipping the nails, cleaning the ears and brushing the teeth for good oral hygiene. For all your dog grooming needs, contact your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home; they can also provide you with tips on how to properly groom your pet for long-term health.

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Caring for your dog is a continual, year-round responsibility, which includes the cold seasons. During the cold winter months, most of you may experience chafed, dry and scaly skin due to the harshness of the weather and dryness within our homes resulting from the heat. Our dogs experience many of the same symptoms that affect humans during the severe winter months. For good healthy skin and coat, it is important that you follow a regular winter grooming program for your dog.

To begin with, the onset of winter is when your dog will begin shedding its summer coat that is replaced with a protective winter coat. To stimulate new healthy growth and provide for robust 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 provides better insulation for your pet. A scruffy looking coat, not groomed regularly, can become matted and attract more snow and debris. If the matted coat is kept wet, it can be a breeding ground for some 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 since most dogs are not fond of wearing anything on their feet during cold snowy weather. You must keep the nails well-trimmed since the snow and ice-covered paths will not wear down the nails as other times of the year. Without professional grooming of excess fur under the pads, snow will have a tendency to attract snow, ice and salt which is damaging to your dogs pads and causes great discomfort and irritation when walking.

Continued normal grooming for your pet throughout the winter months will guarantee healthy skin and coat along with proper insulation from the elements. To further protect your dog from the effects of Mother Nature, consider a coat or sweater for your pet. If your dog allows it, boots can help to protect 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.

http://www.fetchdog.com/learn-connect/dog-resource-library/grooming/Grooming-Your-Dog-in-the-Winter/D/300600/P/1:5:55:603/I/AR000010781 http://www.akc.org/public_education/winter_care.cfm

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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

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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