It seems wise to think that your dog needs a longer, thicker coat this winter. However, during this cold season, without proper dog grooming your dog's coat can become matted, leading to discomfort and skin irritation. Think of a matt in your dog’s coat like someone pulling tightly on your hair, it is painful and if left too long, can tear away the skin. Dog Grooming isn't only about making your pet look beautiful - it's also about keeping your dog hygienic and healthy.
Here at Parkside Groomers, we've made a list of Dog Grooming Tips to keep your dog healthy and happy this winter.
Brushing your dog
It's essential that your dog gets a good daily brush as this prevents knots and matting. Invest in a good quality brush, do not to apply too much pressure and over brush in the same area as this can hurt your pet. There are many types of brushes and combs to choose from, depending on the type of coat your dog has. We will advise you on a grooming routine and guide you through combs and brushing techniques when you visit us.
Washing your dog
If you bath your dog, it's important only to use dog shampoo. Your dog's skin has a pH between 6.5-7.5. Humans have a skin pH of 5.5. Dog shampoo is designed for their delicate skin. We only use natural products with no harmful chemicals and for sensitive dogs we use hypo-allergenic shampoo.
Check the paws
In the winter, humans can wear gloves, for our four-legged friends, they walk on their paws. To help avoid your pet from sliding on any floors or ice, make sure that there's no hair growing between their paws.
Have your dog's nails been clipped lately?
If our nails become too long, this can cause pain and discomfort. The same applies to dogs. If you hear that "click-click" sound on the bare floor, it may be time to trim your dog's nails.
What about a winter haircut?
Many owners will leave their dog's coat untrimmed during the winter season. However, the cold weather will stimulate and promote hair growth. Most dogs live indoors and are usually snuggled up with an owner in a central heated house. Unless you live in Arctic conditions and are continuously outside, there's not always need for your dog to have a thick winter coat. Shorter coats are easier to maintain, keeping them matt free, clean and hygienic.
Notice any of these signs? If so, your dog needs grooming.
Whatever season we're in, dog grooming is an essential aspect of your dog's health. At Parkside Groomers, we offer a fantastic range of dog grooming services. Based at Dog's PlayPark on Chanterlands Avenue, in Hull, we've got everything for your four-legged friend.
Plus - we're offering you 20% off your first groom. Give us a call on 01482 762562