If you’ve spent more than a decade on this planet, then you’ve likely noticed that exposure to cold weather effects your body in peculiar ways. It is no different for our pets and it is especially true for dogs, who may have more sensitive skin.
A very common occurrence in most mammalian species, dandruff is the excess accumulation of dead skin cells. The condition is made worst by the production of excess sebum, which is produced by the sebaceous glands in the dermis. The go-to remedy for humans with dandruff is the use of specialized shampoos to minimize the dandruff. However, shampooing dogs with excessive dandruff can exacerbate the problem. The best remedy? Using a soft brush on your pup’s coat will not only remove dry patches of skin - it will stimulate the hair follicles, increasing the amount of oil glands released in the skin. Kind of like applying lotion, but natural.
Nutrition and supplements are another critical factor to consider when protecting your pets from seasonal changes. A healthy pet that receives the proper nutrition will be in the best shape to whether the winter. In terms of skin care, this means a diet that includes fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6).
Environment also plays a huge role in how your pet responds to climate changes. Don’t leave your pet outside for prolonged periods of time (this goes for both summer and winter seasons). If you must leave them outside, make sure to purchase (or fabricate for the do-it-yourselfers out there) a commercial quality doghouse with bedding to help insulate your fur baby against the cold. Another thing to keep in mind if you’re keeping your dog outside is food intake. A pet that spends more time outside will need more calories (food) than one that spends most of its time inside. Therefore, it’s critical that you compensate by feeding your dog a little more if they spend their time in a doghouse.
Make sure to wipe your dog/cat’s paws after coming in from outside, even if it’s after a quick potty break. Ice melting chemicals and salts are used regularly during the winter, and an easily injure your pets paw pads. For extended walks outside, consider purchasing paw booties to protect your pet from these chemicals.
Follow these tips and you will have eliminated 90% of the health issues pets experience during the winter season. Stay tuned for our summer safety version.
- VRBH Pack