Pet Grooming for the Changing Seasons
Taking Care of Your Pet’s Skin, Coat, and Nails
Pet grooming for the changing seasons is essential. As the mercury rises and falls, changes in air pressure and humidity can impact pets’ skin, coat, and nail quality. Follow these guidelines to help keep your dogs and cats looking and feeling their best throughout the year.
Seasonal Shedding In Pets
Pet owners may find it difficult to keep up with shedding as the weather shifts from warm to cold or cold to warm. Pets will lose their winter coats in the spring when a short, light, summer coat comes in. When cold weather comes blowing back in, that light coat is shed to make room for a thick, protective winter coat.
The amount of seasonal shedding a pet will experience depends on the breed. Some are year-round shedders, while others shed very little. Long-haired breeds may shed lightly, but it seems heavy because the hair is so long. All shedding, however, can be lessened by [amazon_textlink asin=’B014QJT93O’ text=’regular brushing and combing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’animalbliss-blog-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c7357060-ea20-11e6-a5ac-fd6e63e676bd’] which removes loose and shed hair, helping to reduce the mess around the house. Brushing also prevents shed fur from causing mats in the coat.
No matter what type of pet you have or what their breed may be, all seasonal shedding is normal. However, some heavy shedding may be a sign of a health problem. Often, poor coat quality is triggered by a food allergy or poor nutrition. If excessive shedding extends beyond seasonal changes, owners should [amazon_textlink asin=’B010DNVW46′ text=’consider a new diet to help improve the skin and coat’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’animalbliss-blog-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f3003a10-ea20-11e6-8b8f-67fe8a50191d’].
Dry, Flaky Skin
Pets can get dry skin in the winter time, just like people can. This is particularly the case of pets who worship the radiator or heat registers in your home. Humans can slather on lotion in the winter, but dogs and cats cannot. To prevent dry winter skin, it can help to increase the number of [amazon_textlink asin=’B00KC3QASG’ text=’healthy fats and oils’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’animalbliss-blog-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’21105ecb-ea21-11e6-a559-db08b5591765′] in a pet’s diet. Omega fatty acids help the body absorb vitamins, and they also protect the natural balance of oil in the skin.
Itchy skin can also be a sign of allergies in the Spring and Summer. Pets can be subject to seasonal allergies, just like people. If the scratching is accompanied by watery eyes and sneezing, a trip to the vet may be in order.
Just like humans, pets’ nails can become a bit more brittle in the winter which can lead to painful snags. You can bring your pet to the Vet do have this done, or you can learn how to trim your pet’s nails yourself. Dogs and cats should receive [amazon_textlink asin=’B01N0IBUOY’ text=’regular nail trims’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’animalbliss-blog-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4c6ada1c-ea21-11e6-b58f-7bec44b37bba’] throughout the year, and pay close attention to their feet in the winter time. Check food labels to be sure that they are getting enough calcium in their diets, as this can help strengthen the nails.
Pet Grooming for the Changing Seasons
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