Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Grooming to Keep your Pet Healthy and Comfortable During the Winter Months

Winter is hard on skin – for humans and for our pets. Indoor heat and cold arid air outside make skin dry and itchy. Many owners are unsure about the best way to keep their pets comfortable in winter. The solution is to keep up regular grooming schedules.

Following are answers to some of the most often-asked questions about winter skin care.

Q.  Should pets be bathed during the winter?

A. Yes!  A clean pet is a healthy pet. Regular shampooing and brushing during the winter months keep the skin and coat healthy. Follow the shampoo with a conditioning and moisturizing rinse. The drying process is key, because leaving dampness at skin level can cause problems. A short coat might be fine with just a vigorous toweling, but longer hair needs separating with comb or brush and plenty of airflow. Be very careful with your home hair dryer: use the lowest heat setting and keep it moving to prevent burns. (Professional groomers are equipped with high volume, low heat machines to dry quickly and safely.)

Q. Should I leave my pet’s hair long in winter to keep him warm?

A. If you decide to leave the coat longer, be prepared to brush often to prevent matting. Tangles form fast and trap moisture, a major cause of skin problems. Matted hair is not comfy and warm, but air trapped in layers of a well-brushed coat is effective insulation.

Maintain the same haircut schedule year round for breeds that require regular trimming. Your groomer can keep the style longer than in the summer, but allowing hair to “grow in” all winter can necessitate a drastic ‘short shave’ in spring.

If you’re concerned about your pet being cold when he’s outdoors, a sweater or fleece coat is a better option than letting his coat grow long and unruly.

Q.  My dog seems to itch a lot more during the winter. What can I do?

A.  With windows closed and heaters on, low humidity indoors will dry pet’s skin. Counteract this with regular brushing to stimulate and spreads the natural oils.

Medicated shampoos and soothing moisturizing conditioners help if your pet’s skin seems itchy or scaly. Consult a professional groomer or veterinarian for recommendations. Nutrition is also important for skin health; omega oils in food or as a supplement  is good.

Q.  Why do my pets nails seem grow faster in the winter?

A.  When dogs have fewer hours of exercise, nails can become overgrown because they are not being worn down with normal activity. Claws may need more frequent attention during the winter months. The ideal time is after the shampoo, while soft. Nails should  barely touch the ground when the dog is standing. While clipping, check for hair between the pads that form uncomfortable lumps, and trap snow and ice.

House pets need regular grooming for health and hygiene. Don’t skip tasks – like nail clipping and tangle removal – just because they are difficult. If there are things you cannot or do not want to undertake yourself, seek the help of a professional. Your pet will be happier and more comfortable.

 

Tags: Grooming, Pet advice, Winter

Dirty Dog Contest Winners Announced!

The Dirty Dog Pet Photo Contest ended Monday night and we are happy to say it was a big splash.  We laughed, we cried, we saw so many muddy mutts! With all of these dogs in desperate need of a deep clean grooming, the judges had the tough task of choosing only ten winners. It was a mucky job, but someone had to do it!

Congratulations to the final ten:

“Wheelbarrow Fun”

“Proper Grooming is a Must!”

“The Dirty Dude”

“White Dog at a Muddy Dog Park”

“A Muddy Muffin”

“Helping Mom With Her Gardening”

“Kona”

“Future Archaeologist”

“Ruby Towel Dries (In Dirt) Herself After a Swim”

“Spa Mud Bath”

We loved all of your entries and had a ton of fun seeing your photos throughout the month. Congratulations again to the winners, you will all receive a free grooming package good at any Best Friends Pet Care location. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We had a blast and we hope you did too!

Tags: Best friends news, Contest, Cute, Dog stories, Dogs, , Funny dogs, Grooming, Instagram, Pet behavior, Pets, Photo contest

The Best Friends Dirty Dog Pet Photo Contest

Dirty Dogs Wanted!

Do you have a messy mutt? A filthy fido? A grubby puppy? Show us why your pet needs a spring cleaning! Our new pet photo contest kicks off on March 2, 2015 with the submission period running through March 30, 2015.

Just submit a photo of your dirty dog or a mess he’s made and you could win a free grooming for your pup at Best Friends, just in time for spring cleaning. We are giving away ten free grooming packages for the muddiest mutts!

Not familiar with the grooming services at Best Friends? From a quick shampoo to a full day of pampering, our groomers and pet stylists will make your pet “paw”sitively gorgeous.

To enter the contest, head over to our Facebook page, click on the contest tab and upload a photo of your pet making a massive mess! Then, come back and vote for it every day and be sure to tell your friends to do the same. Don’t forget to like our page while your there to stay up to date with contest news and other fun stuff. If you are using a mobile device, please click this link to access and enter the contest.

If you prefer, you may enter a photo to the contest via Instagram as well by uploading an image to your Instagram account. You must then add the contest hash tag (#dirtydogscontest) in the caption of your image. Any photos that are uploaded to Instagram with this hashtag will automatically be imported into the main contest Dashboard on Facebook as an entry.

The 50 photos with the most votes will go on to our private judging round where we will choose ten mucky winners to receive a free grooming at Best Friends Pet Care!

Good luck everyone! We’re looking forward to your entries!

Tags: Best friends news, Contest, Dog stories, Dogs, , Funny dogs, Grooming, Instagram, Pet behavior, Pet info, Pets, Photo contest
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