During Winter we need to be extra careful with our furry family members. In areas where the temperatures can be bitter cold, your dog can benefit from pet gear for Winter.
Pet Gear for Winter includes ways to keep your dog warm when it is cold outside. When you put your coat on, your dog might need their coat especially if they are small, old, hairless, or sick.
Pet Gear for Winter
Dog Coats and Sweaters
Coats and sweaters are a great alternative to keep your dog warmer in the winter months. During the coldest weather, you can use a coat on your dog to help keep them warm.
Sweaters are good to use during cooler weather when you dog shivers when they are outside. Older, younger, and sick dogs will get cold faster than other dogs.
Some small dogs like Chihuahuas and hairless dogs will get cold inside and may need a t-shirt or pajamas all the time.
Dog boots can protect your dog’s paws when they are outside from the cold, and the snow and ice which may have salt or chemicals in it. Salt and chemicals can be harmful to your dog.
Some dogs will NOT walk while wearing boots. You need to start when they are puppies to get them to be more acceptable. You can try to train your dog to wear boots using positive reinforcement and small treats.
First, place a boot on one of your dog’s paws. Give your dog a small treat, then remove the boot. Repeat this process daily while gradually adding another boot. Take your time gradually increasing to all four boots and your dog gets used to wearing them.
If your dog will wear boots, that is great. If not, clean your dog’s paws after each walk by wiping them off with a damp soft cloth to keep them healthy and clean. Be sure to check for ice and snow between the pads of the paw.
Dog Beds and Pads
Get your dog a self-warming bed to keep them warm and comfortable. These beds use a special layer that reflects your dog’s own body heat. No electric cords to worry about as no electricity is required.
There are also beds and pads that are heated with electricity. If you decide to use one that requires electricity, use a cord cover to prevent your dog from chewing on the wire.
In Winter, you may want to have a blanket to help your dog stay warm. Some dogs like to get under a blanket, especially small dogs and puppies, to hide, play, or stay warm.
There are heated dog blankets, if that is appropriate for your situation. If you decide on a heated blanket, use a cord cover to protect your dog, just as you would with a heated bed. Dog blankets come in many fabrics including microfiber plush, fleece, and flannel.
As much as I would like to see every dog live inside a home, I know that won’t happen. So, for that reason, I am including tips for outside dogs. There are cold weather dogs that like the outside, like sled dogs for example.
Provide an insulated shelter for your dog outside with enough room that they can turn and move around. Place straw inside for a soft bed that won’t soak up water, like fabric will. Straw will provide insulation against the cold for your dog. Replace the straw regularly.
The entrance way of the shelter should be protected from rain and snow. An extended roof and a door flap will help protect the inside of the shelter for your dog from wind, rain, and snow.
Offer your dog plenty of fresh water every day. If your dog has water outside, check on it often in cold weather to make sure it doesn’t freeze.
Use plastic bowls in the winter to prevent your dog’s tongue from sticking to a frozen metal bowl.
Taking extra precautions in the Winter can help keep your dog healthy and warm. You need to do what is best for your dog. If you dog is shivering, it is cold and needs to be warmer.
During extreme cold, don’t allow your dog to stay outside for extended periods of time. Dogs can get frostbite just as people can. When your dog comes inside and they are wet from snow, dry them off and clean their paws.
Keep your dog safe in cold weather with extra safeguards using pet gear for Winter. Leave a comment below or share a story about your dog. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.