Preparing for cooler weather is a big part of saying goodbye to summer. While we may not have the cold, icy winters of northern states, that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done to prepare for a new season. Our furry friends also need extra attention this time of year. With our fall pet grooming tips, you’ll be ready for winter just in time!
The Need for Fall Pet Grooming
Severe thunderstorms and wind characterize autumn in Alabama, and these conditions can do a number on your pet’s skin, fur, and paws. Fall pet grooming is all about caring for these areas and making sure they’re protected no matter the weather.
Skin and Coat
While you’re pulling winter clothes out of storage, your pet is also changing their “clothes” in the form of cyclical shedding that occurs when the seasons change. Daily brushing helps remove loose hair and dander, redistributes oils in the fur, and stimulates blood flow to the skin. This keeps your pet’s coat free of mats, makes it more breathable, and helps insulate them from the chill of winter.
Be sure to maintain your pet’s regular bathing schedule throughout the fall. Take special care to remove mud or debris that can result from a walk in the damp weather. Don’t let your pet back outside until they’re completely dry.
Regardless of the weather, walking your dog remains necessary, but rainy, muddy conditions can be hard on delicate paw pads. Wipe your dog’s paws thoroughly after each walk, and inspect them for debris or injuries. Make sure to continue nail clipping on a regular basis, as well.
Those Pearly Whites
Taking care of your pet’s teeth is an often overlooked component of grooming, but it could have serious implications for long-term health. Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis and following your veterinarian’s recommendations for professional dental care should be included in your grooming regimen.
Ticking Towards Winter?
Slightly cooler temps doesn’t mean that ticks and other parasites are no longer a concern. Regular grooming can help identify problems or potential issues early on. Don’t forget to maintain your pet’s parasite preventives throughout the fall and winter for the ultimate level of protection.
Grooming Services at VRVC
At Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we’re proud to offer an array of services at our grooming salon. Whether you need help with regular grooming or prefer to get a seasonal head start on at-home care, our team of friendly professionals is always here to help!