Winterize Your Pet
As we head to cooler temps, now is the time to prepare for your pets needs. While most people routinely winterize their house, cars and wardrobe, it is absolutely essential to include your pets in the winterization process.
All pets should have wellness check-ups by their vet to ensure they are ready for winter. Cold weather can further irritate arthritis and other medical conditions and make it more difficult for your pet to regulate their body temperate.
Make sure your furry friend is protected from vents that can be blowing hot and cold air which can be drying to their skin and coat as well as drafts that can make them susceptible to colds.
Paw protection is vital in winter as snow, ice and rock salt for deicing can damage paw pads and can cause a chemical burn. Dog paws may become dry, chapped, itchy, flaky and downright painful due to walking directly on cold snow. Their paws need protection.
Our award-winning USDA Certified Organic Paw Rescue features organic Beeswax that creates a natural barrier between your dog’s paws and the snow. The new and improved container allows for easier application. It has healing and moisturizing properties to help combat skin dryness associated with this time of year. Make sure to reapply the balm after returning from walks.
Cold winter weather and wind can impact a dog’s sensitive nose, and forced air indoors can further dry a sore and chapped nose. A “weathered nose” can appear cracked and crusty. A dry, winter nose can be kept clean and healthy by applying a thin layer of of our USDA Certified Organic Nose Rescue. Nose Rescue hydrates skin while creating a protective barrier that won’t clog pores.
You may be tempted to use your own sunscreen or lip balm to treat your dog’s crusty nose. Human products are only tested for use on humans and often have chemicals or perfume that can be harmful for pets. All of our balms are made to food-grade standards, so they are safe if licked.
A Pet Wipe allows you to quickly remove ice, salt, chemicals, and caked-on mud. It’s important to wipe between the toes to remove debris. Cleaning up paws will not only protect your floors, but also will allow you to see any paw problems that might need attention while preventing others from developing. Caked on dirt may hide wounds and chronically dirty feet can cause inflammation and abrasions.
Our new Grooming & Cleansing Pet Wipes are larger and biodegradable. They have antibacterial properties and remove odors exceptionally well, while soothing and hydrating delicate skin that can become dry from the elements. Our wipes are also free of sulfates, parabens and alcohol that can be harmful to your dog and the environment. Available Rosemary & Lavender Canine Wipe and our Fragrance-Free Hypoallergenic Pet Wipe.
Like humans, dogs react to extreme temperature changes. Due to the lack of blood vessels in a dog’s ears, they can get chilly after only a few minutes and are susceptible to frostbite damage.
It’s important to clean your dogs’ ears when they’ve been playing outside in the wet snow or ice. Added moisture is a common cause of painful ear infections, so be sure to thoroughly dry your dog’s ears after going outside in the winter.
The Pure and Natural Pet USDA Certified Organic Ear Cleansing Kit naturally cleans and heals the ear. The dual-sided medical grade Pure Tips clean while the Witch Hazel and Mullein Oil Ear Serum deodorizes and disinfects.
When it’s cold outside it may not be ideal for your pup to have a “traditional” bath especially if you are in the habit of letting them dry out in the sunshine. When it’s chilly outside you need bath options.
It’s important to keep up a grooming routine even during the winter months not only to help keep your dog smelling fresh but also to help prevent fleas, prevent matting, and notice any lumps and bumps that your dog’s winter coat might hide.
Our Waterless Foaming Dog Shampoo is a great option as it helps lift out oils and dirt without the need for a rinse. It’s a stress and mess-free way to keep your dog clean and smelling fresh between baths. Our natural no-rinse formula is blended with lavender and chamomile to soothe and moisturize your pet's skin.
Snow days can be the best days when you actively plan for your pet’s winter care and grooming routine. Have a safe plan in place before the season starts, in order to protect them from the elements and avoid an injury or infection. These preventative practices can also help avoid or minimize what could be a costly trip to the vet.
For USDA Certified Organic wellness products, visit PureAndNaturalPet.com.
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