Winterize Your Pet

Dog and Cat preparing their coat for winter

As we head to cooler temps, now is the time to prepare for your pet’s needs. While most people routinely winterize their house, cars and wardrobe, it is absolutely essential to include your pets in the winterization process.

All pets should have wellness check-ups by their vet to ensure they are ready for winter. Cold weather can further irritate arthritis and other medical conditions and make it more difficult for your pet to regulate their body temperate.

Make sure your furry friend is protected from vents that can be blowing hot and cold air which can be drying to their skin and coat as well as drafts that can make them susceptible to colds. Certain parts of their body are more impacted by the weather than other parts including paws, noses, and ears.

Paw Rescue

Paw protection is vital in winter as snow, ice and rock salt for deicing can damage paw pads and can cause a chemical burn. Dog paws may become dry, chapped, itchy, flaky and downright painful due to walking directly on cold snow. Their paws need protection.

Pure and Natural Pet offers an award winning USDA Certified Organic Paw Rescue balm. It features organic Beeswax that creates a natural barrier between your dog’s paws and the snow. Their new and improved container allows for easier application. It has healing and moisturizing properties to help combat skin dryness associated with this time of year. Make sure to reapply the balm after returning from walks.

Dog's paws are sensitive to winter conditions. This paw may become dry, chapped, itchy, flaky from walking outside in the snow.

Nose Rescue

Cold winter weather and wind can impact a dog’s sensitive nose, and forced air indoors can further dry a sore and chapped nose. A “weathered nose” can appear cracked and crusty. A dry, winter nose can be kept clean and healthy by applying a thin layer of Pure and Natural Pet’s USDA Certified Organic Nose Rescue.  Nose Rescue hydrates skin while creating a protective barrier that won’t clog pores.

You may be tempted to use your own sunscreen or lip balm to treat your dog’s crusty nose. Human products are only tested for use on humans and often have chemicals or perfume that can be harmful for pets.

A dry, winter nose can be kept clean and healthy and is essential to winterizing your pet.

Pet Wipes

A Pet Wipe allows you to quickly remove ice, salt, chemicals, and caked-on mud. It’s important to wipe between the toes to remove debris. Cleaning up paws will not only protect your floors, but also will allow you to see any paw problems that might need attention while preventing others from developing. Caked on dirt may hide wounds and chronically dirty feet can cause inflammation and abrasions.

Pure and Natural Pet makes Grooming & Cleansing Pet Wipes that are larger than other wipes and biodegradable. They have antibacterial properties and remove odors exceptionally well, while soothing and hydrating delicate skin that can become dry from the elements. Their wipes are also free of sulfates, parabens and alcohol that can be harmful to your dog and the environment.

Ear Cleansing

Due to the lack of blood vessels in a dog’s ears, they can get chilly after only a few minutes and are susceptible to frostbite damage. This dog's ears should be dried and cleaned after going outdoors to ensure safety.

Like humans, dogs react to extreme temperature changes. Due to the lack of blood vessels in a dog’s ears, they can get chilly after only a few minutes and are susceptible to frostbite damage. It’s important to clean your dogs’ ears when they’ve been playing outside in the wet snow or ice. Added moisture is a common cause of painful ear infections, so be sure to thoroughly dry your dog’s ears after going outside in the winter. Best Friends Pet Hotel’s Grooming Salons use Pure and Natural Pet’s USDA Certified Organic Ear Cleansing Kit to naturally clean and heal your dog’s ear. The dual-sided medical grade Pure Tips clean while the Witch Hazel and Mullein Oil Ear Serum deodorizes and disinfects.

Waterless Shampoo

When it’s cold outside it may not be ideal for your pup to have a “traditional” bath especially if you are in the habit of letting them dry out in the sunshine.  When it’s chilly outside you need bath options. It’s important to keep up a grooming routine even during the winter months not only to help keep your dog smelling fresh but also to help prevent fleas, prevent matting, and notice any lumps and bumps that your dog’s winter coat might hide.

Best Friends Pet Hotel’s Grooming Salons have a waterless option for pets made by Pure and Natural Pet. It is a great option as it helps lift out oils and dirt without the need for a rinse.  It’s a stress and mess-free way to keep your dog clean and smelling fresh between baths. It is also great for cats who tend to be difficult bathers. Their natural, no-rinse formula is blended with lavender and chamomile to soothe and moisturize your pet’s skin.

Conclusion

The cold weather can have a negative impact to the sensitive areas of your pet including their paws, nose and ears. Ensuring you keep up with their grooming maintenance is key to their health. Best Friends Pet Hotel Grooming Salons use Pure and Natural Pet products to protect them from the elements and avoid injury or infection.

About Pure and Natural Pet

Best Friends has thought a lot about how we can give the best to you and your pets. That’s why we are proudly partnered with Pure and Natural Pet. They are passionate about Organic Pet Wellness & Grooming and are:

  • Industry Leaders in USDA Certified Organic
  • Ingredient and Education Focused
  • Proudly USA Made & Cruelty Free
  • Award Recipients for their Winning Formula

Learn more about their products or book a grooming appointment at Best Friends Pet Hotel.

 

 

Reproduced with permission from Pure and Natural Pet (https://pureandnaturalpet.com/)

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