How to keep your dogs healthy and warm this winter

Posted on December 22, 2009 under Dog Health

Keep dogs happy and healthy by brushing their furWhile many people notice that their skin changes with the cold winter weather, some may not realize that their dogs need some extra attention on their skin, too.

To keep owners current on pet care, the American Humane Association is listing ways to keep your dog’s skin healthy this winter season.

Brushing your dog helps get rid of excess skin flakes that can be itchy and can keep its fur free of parasites. All dogs should be brushed, as it may prevent mats from inhabiting their hair.

The Association also suggests inspecting your dog using your hands. Parting its fur to check for skin abnormalities may help keep your friend in good dog health.

Finally, to keep your pet shielded from the cold, you may want to consider dressing it in a coat or sweater. You don’t have to go crazy for full-blown outfits as some celebrities and dog enthusiasts are known to do, but a simple extra layer may help keep your dog warm.

Another way to keep your dog warm indoors is also popular among humans. PETCO reports that one of the top ten gifts for pets is a dog Snuggie.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19526954-ADNFCR

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