Just because the warm months are behind us doesn’t mean your pet no longer needs regular grooming. In fact, winter grooming is essential this time of year. All the forced-air heat and inclement weather can cause dryness to the skin and dullness in your pet’s coat – not to mention all the mud and rain that comes with the winter months!

Keeping your pet in tiptop shape is what we aim to do at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Keep reading to learn more top tips for your pet’s winter grooming needs.

Bathing Your Pet at Home

During the winter months, your pet may not appreciate a bath. It’s cold, and who wants to do anything other than snuggle under the covers? Still, bathing your pet is important for a clean, healthy skin and coat. For those with long hair, regular bathing is crucial in keeping them free from tangles and matted fur.

Bathe your pet inside with warm water (make sure it’s not too hot). Use plenty of towels to dry your pet thoroughly, including the ears. Some pets don’t mind the noise of the blow dryer, but make sure to keep the setting at a low temperature to avoid burns.

If it’s too cold out and you lack a place to groom your pet indoors, there’s no shame in taking your pet to the groomer for a bath. It’s a great spa day for your pet, and it will ensure they continue to receive good coat and skin care throughout the colder months.

There are several types of shampoos and conditioners on the market. We recommend speaking to our professional grooming team for help choosing the right products. There are also some wonderful smelling and effective dry shampoos for cold days or for cats who cannot adjust to water.

Don’t forget to wipe your pet’s paws after each day out in the ice and snow. Deicing chemicals can be toxic if ingested.

The Benefits of Professional Winter Grooming

Along with the fact that your pet will look and feel fabulous, grooming goes far beyond the pretty factor and promotes good health, as well:

  • Pet grooming offers a look into your pet’s overall skin and coat condition, including ear, eye, and paw health.
  • During the winter when you’re less active, your pet’s nails can get too long without regular trimming provided by your groomer.
  • Grooming keeps your pet’s coat at the right length to discourage hair matting.
  • Scrubbing and brushing removes excess dry skin and dander.
  • Grooming reduces the amount of shedding, which is certainly a boon for pet owners!
  • Groomers are often able to pick up on lumps, rashes, parasites, and other conditions on or beneath the skin that can help in early diagnosis and treatment.
  • Last but not least, grooming can keep your pet smelling great!

If you’d like more tips on winter grooming or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our professional groomers, please give us a call. As we all know, winter is coming! Be prepared by maintaining your pet’s grooming needs.