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Your dog’s skin and coat requires special care during the winter season

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A dog’s skin and coat is affected by the changing seasons, just as it is for humans. The cold and snow itself provides its own challenges while the heat we provide in the home dries everything out, including the body. Obviously winter weather is not the same across the country but the change in the seasons does affect your dog skin, coat and their paws. There are things that you can do to protect your dog’s paws during the winter season, along with providing healthy skin and coat. Your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home is always helpful with tips on pet care and grooming.

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During winter, the air is a lot drier. With the lack of moisture in the air, the skin can have problems and become flaky. Bathing your dog during the cold weather can deplete the skin of essential oils necessary for good health. If you must give your dog a bath, be sure to use a special oatmeal-based shampoo followed by a moisturizing conditioner. Your veterinarian or the staff at your local larger pet supply store can advise you on the best shampoo and conditioner to use for your dog’s dry skin and coat.

When it comes to protecting your dog’s pads, the best scenario would be for your dog to wear boots when going out in snow and ice. The problem is that most dogs are not comfortable wearing them. Special boots made of neoprene can protect your dog’s paws outside. I recently wrote an article on this very subject of protecting your dog’s feet when going outside in frigid weather. Before taking your dog outside, massage some petroleum jelly onto each of your dog’s pads to protect them. The best you can do is to limit the amount of time your dog is outside, and give the feet and pads special attention when your dog comes back in. Be sure to check the pads for any injuries and embedded ice and snow. Wipe the paws with a soft towel or you can use a small bucket with warm water to rinse the paws from excess snow and salt. If you have a furry dog, try to keep the pads trimmed, since more fur on the pads will attract more snow and salt which can hurt your dog.

Use your own common sense in protecting your pet during the winter season. You know yourself that you have to slap on a lot of extra moisturizer due to your extra dry skin at this time of year, something that you cannot do for your dog but you can keep up with extra grooming, brushing your dog daily in order to remove dander and any loose fur while also stimulating your dog’s natural skin oils. With this regular grooming and providing a high quality diet, your dog will survive the elements of the seasonal changes.

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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.

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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