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Pampering tips for your pooch

It's not only us humans who need a little TLC in the winter months. Our four legged friends can also do with a little pampering. Woof!

Anna and Selina, run The Dog House Leicester, a luxury dog grooming salon in Barkby Thorpe. We asked them for some expert tips on how to look after our pets during the harsher winter weather.

Here’s what those fairy dog-mothers had to say. Take it away ladies.

Feet first

There’s some amazing coats on the market these days from fashionable rain macs to practical adventure coats. They keep your dog warm and more importantly, clean. Make sure that after your muddy walks you’re thoroughly rinsing off your dogs paws as any salt grit and anti-freeze picked up from the pavement needs to washed off immediately as it can be toxic if ingested. Besides, who wants muddy paw prints all over the house?

Canine coat care

Pet owners often prefer to keep their dogs coat long through the winter months so that they don’t get cold. If that’s the case, regularly bring your dog into the salon as a long coat means it can get dirty much easily so naturally, more maintenance is required. This help to keep it knot free as well as keep your dog happy, healthy and less susceptible to colds and infections. Also brush and groom your dog at home regularly to remove tangles, dirt and dead hair – this also helps to increase good skin circulation.

Dog’s dinner

Fancy something different for dinner tonight? Perhaps your pooch does too. Adding variety to your dog’s dinner gives them the chance to experiment with different flavours, textures and nutrients and they’ll soon let you know what they love and loathe. Adding variety can help maintain and or increase your pets interest in eating. Find different dog-friendly foods and introduce a little portion, one at a time. A great starter is a few blueberries, carrot, sprats, kefir, liver and chicken.

Brain games

Dogs like most of us, don’t like the rain and it can be a real effort to get them outside. What do you then do with all that pent-up energy? The most easiest thing to do, is to entertain them with a stuffed Kong ball. They are so simple and really great for getting your dog to use their brain. You can stuff it with different flavours and textures to keep them hooked. Want it to last a big longer? Pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours – the licking and brain power will tire them out and relax them. Also scatter feeding or playing hide and seek with their favourite toy or treat is also a great game.

Golden oldies

During the winter, older dogs sometimes need a little extra care and comfort. Supplements help with their joints and bones but if you want to feed them just natural food, try making your own homemade paste by mixing turmeric paste and coconut oil. Turmeric can benefit animals because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Start off slow and perhaps check with your vet before introducing anything new to their diet. Dorwest Herbs is also a brilliant company for supplements they have a whole range for dogs of any age with pretty much any problem you can think of and they’re also very helpful.

Swimming lessons

Hydrotherapy is to dogs what swimming is to humans. It take the pressure off the joints and is an incredible workout for them. It’s perfect for dogs recovering from injury or older dogs who don’t like the impact on their joints and is also really great fun. Most hydrotherapy centres offer fun swims with a sign off from your vet to say they’re fit and well. Hydro will tire your dog out much more than a long hike so sessions usually last about 30 minutes.

The Dog House Leicester, Thorpe Farm, King St, Barkby Thorpe, Leicester LE7 3QE. Tel: 07467 394567 by appointment only.

 

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