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Tips to get your dog’s coat and paws ready for the fall season

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Fall is fast approaching and as the summer days come to an end, we are all looking for ways to soothe our sun kissed skin, including your pup. From cracked paw pads to pollen to sun-bleached fur; your dog might need some post-summer TLC.

The American Kennel Club offers a few simple ways to tend to your pup’s coat and paws after months in the sizzling summer sun.

Scorched Paw Pads. The overheated sidewalks and sticky asphalt may have left your pups paws dry, chapped, cracked or even injured. To soothe these irritations, rub some petroleum jelly on their pads and make sure to distract them with a chew toy immediately after. Paw balm, available at most pet stores, is a less greasy option and provides protection in the summer weather as well as winter. If your dog’s paw pads have actual cracks, try antibiotic ointment or gel. In the case of bleeding, red streaks or pus, take your dog to the veterinarian to be treated.

Sun-Bleached Coat. Do not worry if your dog’s coat looks a little worn out or faded; the damage is not permanent. Those bleached hairs will eventually fall out and your dog’s original color will grow back in. To speed up this process, it is best to bathe and brush your dog regularly. It is a good idea to check your dog’s ears for signs of pain, excess moisture, wax buildup, redness or irritation.


Pollen Residue. Just as our pollen allergies can linger after summertime, so can your pup’s. Pollen may be making its way into your house on your dog’s coat and can manifest as rashes on their skin. Give your dog a thorough bath to help minimize pollen in the house and its effects on both you and your pup. Be sure to use a gentle, hypoallergenic dog-friendly shampoo and rinse well.

Prevent Fleas and Ticks. Just because summer is over does not mean you and your pup are safe from fleas and ticks. They can thrive in cold environments as well, so it is just as important to stay on top of your dog’s treatment all year round.

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