Once you have your coat or jacket how long do you plan to leave it on your pet, will you take it off through the day or when your pet is inside with you to allow the dogs skin and coat to breath?
A lot happens under that coat or jacket and you need to ensure you still check your pet over in the colder months for bumps and lumps.
One of the most common problems for dogs who have a winter jacket is the hair becomes matted.
Not only can matted coats can be very painful for dogs, they can also hide lots of skin problems, including flea infestations.
Dogs prone to matting include those with soft hair e.g Poodle, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel and those with a mix of Poodle, plus longer hair breeds such as Maremma’s and Golden Retrievers.
A winter coat should be removed daily and your dog brushed to prevent matting and skin and coat problems.
It is important when brushing your dog that you get down to the skin (but be gentle) a lot of the time it is only the hair that is brushed, when the matting actually starts at the hair shaft.
Brushes such as slicker brushes are ideal for removing matts and knots. Brush a small section at a time. Push the coat up with your hand to the line of the skin, pat the brush into the hair, and pull away from the dog’s body gently.
There is also a great range of coat sprays, colognes and dry shampoos available to assist you with brushing out knots and to eliminate the matting.
Speak to your Just For Pets store for more details on our extensive coat care ranges.