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Abby Kennels Believes It's Not Just About Beauty!

Abby Kennels explains why regular grooming is important for a dog's health and happiness.

Zoe scratches behind her ear with furious intensity.  Scratch.  Scratch.  Scratch.  She stops scratching only long enough to gnaw at her right paw.  Lick.  Bite.  Scratch.  Scratch.  Lick.  Lick.

Some people believe dogs don’t need to be groomed in the cold, winter months.  Abby Kennels believes dogs need to groomed year round but winter grooming is especially necessary to keep our pets happy and healthy.

Winter brings special challenges for our dogs.  Every dog likes a good romp in the snow or a brisk walk on a cold winter day.  Unfortunately, wet conditions can cause a dog’s undercoat to become matted and stay damp, causing skin irritation.  Even indoor dogs face special winter challenges because heat dries their skin as quickly as it dries ours.   Excessive scratching to relieve the itchiness of dry skin can lead to cuts and open wounds.  Rock salt, commonly used on our New England roads and walkways to melt ice, can irritate a dog’s footpads

Regular bathing can go a long way to help battle winter problems.  High quality hydrating shampoos  heal dry skin, restore protective oils and help the skin retain moisture.  Regular brushing prevents matting and the special problems it causes.  Keeping the hair between footpads clipped makes it easier to keep paws clean and dry.

Abby Kennels believes winter dog grooming is not about beauty but rather about health and comfort, although beauty is a nice bonus.  Visit our grooming salon on Gorham Street in Chelmsford and pamper your pooch.   Tell them Zoe sent you and she highly recommends the soothing oatmeal bath!

You can also find Abby Kennels, on Facebook.

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Alessandra Pennachio January 14, 2013 at 03:50 AM
This was really interesting- I didn't know these things about grooming in the winter!
Abby Kennels January 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Thanks for reading our post!
Carol Osterman January 14, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Wow, I never considered all that goes into keeping your dog groomed. I found it helpful to realize that the rock salt on roadways can be irritating to their footpads. Thanks for raising more awareness on the importance of regular grooming year round!
Abby Kennels January 14, 2013 at 07:53 PM
We're glad you found our blog helpful! Thanks for reading it and letting us know you liked it!
Lee Ann February 13, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Erica is the Best Groomer Evah! Oreo stopped scratching after being treated to a bath, and she even got her nails done. Thanks, great job!

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