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Winter Care for Dogs

Common cold weather problems your dog may encounter and how to remedy them!

Jan 5, 2020

Extra cuddles, toasty naps, and holiday leftovers--there’s tons of reasons that the winter can be an exciting time for your dog. While your dog is less likely to encounter issues that come with warmer temperatures such as pests and allergies, winter poses a unique set of challenges to your dog’s wellbeing. Here, we discuss some common cold weather problems and offer product suggestions to help keep your pup healthy and happy through the winter!

1. Irritated or Sore Paws

Though your dog may walk outside regularly in warmer weather, cold concrete can irritate their paw pads. If you live somewhere where it snows, the salt used for de-icing can even make walking a painful experience. Imagine continuously rubbing salt on chapped skin--ouch! We recommend treating your dog’s paws with a paw balm during the winter to alleviate irritation or soreness. Be sure to wash their paws after walks and apply a balm with natural oils like Ollie & Co’s Natural Paw Salve for Dogs to soothe paw pads. 

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2. Weakened Immune Systems

The cold might not cause colds as your grandmother warns, but it does weaken the immune system, making it easier to catch viruses. Try supplementing your dog’s diet with treats that contain antioxidants and superfoods to boost your fur baby’s immune system during the winter months. For an optimum boost, we recommend treats like Immune Support with Immunopeptide, which are specifically designed by vets to assist immune system functioning. 

3. Cracked Snouts

Paws aren’t the only thing exposed during the winter, noses are too! Dogs use their snouts to sniff, explore, and scavenge. This means that they’re often shoving noses into snow or other cold surfaces. Nose balms can help keep noses moisturized to prevent or heal dry, cracked noses. We suggest opting for a nose balm like Good Girl | Good Boy’s Nose Balm that is free of synthetic oils, dyes, or fragrances. You’ll want to make sure any product you apply doesn’t bother their extra-sensitive sense of smell. 

4. Dull Coats and Chapped Skin

Even if your dog is staying indoors, heaters can do a number on their coat and skin. Heaters can dull coats and dry skin as they diminish the moisture in the air. Be sure to use gentler products when bathing your pup in the winter. Pro-Coat Grooming’s Skin Soothing Therapy Shampoo is made with nourishing milk and honey to keep your dog’s coat bright and skin moisturized. 

Selecting natural products with organic ingredients ensures that you can provide the gentler care that your dog needs during the winter months. If you’re not sure where to start, try out a past Greenwell Pet Box for a sampling of health and wellness products curated exclusively for your furry bff. Or, subscribe today to keep your pup in tip-top shape throughout the year!

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