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12/30/2011 The Cold Equation: Grooming For the Winter Months

During the winter months of December through March pet grooming is not only fashionable for your fuzzy friends, but also very functional. When taking your four legged pal in for a grooming session, certain factors should be considered when grooming your pets during the cold weather season. For example, if your dog has longer hair, you might want to request that your dog groomer leaves your petís hair a little bit longer than usual to provide them with some extra warmth generating insulation. Also, remember that long haired dogs should have the fur around their toes and foot pads trimmed for easier snow removal and cleaning.

If your pet has short fur, make sure to consider them during the cold winter months as well. For dog breeds with shorter coats, a pet sweater might be a good option to provide them with an extra layer of protection during the frigid weather.

Some pet owners who have dogs with longer hair prefer to have their dogs wear sweaters for warmth during the winter months as well. If this is the pet ownersí decision, then it is very important for the pet owner to make sure that their dog is groomed properly first. A dog with longer hair should have their hair cut shorter and trimmed well. If this is not done, and a dog with a longer coat wears a sweater for a decent amount of time, matting of the long hair under the sweater could occur. This will not be fun for the pet, or the pet groomer when they go back to the salon.

Finally, for good grooming care of your pets during the winter months make sure to towel or blow dry your pooch when they come in from a rainy or snowy romp outside. Itís pertinent to keep your petís paws clean and dry as well in order to avoid irritation, drying, or cracking of the delicate paw pads. Proper care of your pet during the winter months with season appropriate dog grooming will not only keep your pet happy, but also comfortable and healthy!

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