I can help by kicking up the furnace by a degree or two. When the whole house is warmer, Sinead might be warmer, too. But that comes with a few risks. A traditional heat source like a furnace or a fire or a space heater can suck almost every drop of moisture out of the air, and that can be hard on a dog's eyes, skin and other important features.
Thankfully, there are all sorts of things you can do to help combat the difficult, dry air that might be in your home right now. Here are my top 3 suggestions.
1. Add in an eye ointment.Both Liam and Sinead have big, bulbous eyes that are very sensitive to dryness and irritation. When their eyes get dry enough, they dig at them. And every little dig could lead to a very serious scratch.
GenTeal Lubricant Eye Gel. It's a simple ointment anyone would use for dry eyes. That small treatment helps these dogs to have slick eye surfaces that don't itch, and that can stay safe and intact through the winter.
2. Consider conditioner.Liam and Sinead get medicated baths from time to time, due to their various skin issues. Liam, in particular, is prone to skin troubles that only baths can heal. His medications help, but sometimes, his skin is a little prone to flake in the aftermath of a bath.
In the winter, I use a simple, oatmeal-based conditioner on his skin: Burts Bee Oatmeal Conditioner. It smells really great, and it helps to add a touch of moisture to his coat, so he doesn't flake away on me.
3. Look for other ways to keep warm.Boosting the furnace is one way to keep the dogs comfortable, but it's not the only option open to me. In fact, it might not even be Sinead's preferred option.
Sweaters help dogs to trap in their own body heat, so they're not so cold when they're walking from place to place. And a blanket slapped over my lap makes a nice tent for hiding and snuggling. I keep an ample supply of sweaters on hand, and I also slide blankets all over the house. That helps me keep Sinead warm without making the air abundantly dry.
What about you? Is there anything special you do to keep your dogs comfy in cool, dry winter air? Leave me a note in the comments. Love to hear your ideas.
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