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6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Skin and Coat Healthy during the Winter Months

It’s no secret that the winter months can wreak havoc on our skin and the same goes for our four-legged friends. Humidity is low, the outside air is cold and windy (in some parts of the country), and dogs are going in and out of cold to warm weather and back again. Without the appropriate care during these wintry conditions, your dog’s skin and coat can suffer and skin conditions can even develop. So, how can you help to protect your dog’s skin during the winter months? We’ve got some tips for you.

Limit the amount of baths you give your dog and use a moisturizing shampoo.

Shampoo baths can be hard on your dog’s skin anytime of the year, so during the winter months it won’t hurt to limit bath time to only when completely necessary. A lot of times a simple water bath will suffice, rather than lathering your dog up with shampoo. However, you should invest in a good moisturizing shampoo to use during the winter months to help prevent any problems with your dog’s skin or coat.

Your dog’s diet plays a huge role in the condition of their skin and coat.

Feeding your dog a healthy diet year round can help your dog enter into the winter months with healthy skin and a nourished coat, which can help to prevent your dog from falling victim to the havoc of frigid weather. If you already know that your dog has sensitive skin and is susceptible to problems, you should consider feeding them a recipe that is designed specifically to nourish their skin and coat. Holistic Select carries many recipes that are complete with ingredients to improve skin & coat.