• Jim B.

Coping with Indiana Weather

Indiana weather can be fickle this time of year. Arctic freezing one day and balmy tropical warmth the next. Weather changes can affect your dog's moods as much as your own.

Of course, when the weather warms for a few days in February, the result is plenty of mud puddles for Fido to play in. And Fido needs a bath... Badly. But along with February weather comes the salt and potassium chloride used to melt the salt on the sidewalks. These chemicals can cause irritation to your dog's paws, particularly when encrusted between the pads on your dog's paws. Bathing and grooming are important, whether you do it yourself or have us do it. But not too often, especially at home, where excess bathing using consumer shampoos can dry your dog's coat. But bathing your dog's paws after exposure to salt is a very good idea. The simplest way is to simply dip your dog's paws in warm water after exposure to salt-based ice-melt, and dry them with a towel. Your dog will be more comfortable and happier.

Also important is brushing your dog's coat when the weather is cold. The air gaps between the hairs in the coat are what creates insulation when your dog is outside. Brushing improves this insulating quality, keeping you dog warmer when outside in cold weather. Or schedule an appointment for our professional bath and grooming. We use professional products and techniques specifically designed to keep your dog clean and healthy without drying out their coat. You love your dog, and so do we. Together, along with proper veterinary care, we can help keep your dog healthy and happy for many years to come.

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