Winter Dog Coats
Dog coats are a good option for dogs that have short hair, are older or very young. Dogs that fall into these categories typically cannot generate enough body heat to keep them warm during cold weather. The coats come in a variety of sizes for different body types. You can also choose from a number of fabrics and styles. This is a fun way to show off you and your pet’s personalities.
If your dog is an outdoor dog, providing them with a good dog house during cold weather should be a top priority. Either purchase or build a nice insulated house so they have a place to get out of the cold and make sure the sleeping area inside the house has plenty of blankets and a bed so they can cuddle and get warm.
There are a number of heaters that are specifically designed to place inside of dog houses, so you might want to consider adding a heater if you live in an area that has extreme cold weather. Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water and food because this will help them regulate their body temperature.
It is becoming increasing popular for many pet owners to purchase dog boots to help protect their pet’s feet during cold weather. Boots can be a great choice if you live in an area where you walk your dog on public sidewalks because they can shield your dog’s paws from ice melt and other snow and ice melting products that are typically sprinkled on the sidewalks during winter.
Ice melt products can cause your pet’s paws to crack and bleed and could also be fatal if your pet licks the substance from between their toes or off the pads of their paws. Not all dogs like wearing boots so if your pet simply won’t wear them, at a minimum you’ll need to thoroughly wash their feet after you walk them to remove any harmful products they may have walked through.
All of these options are fairly inexpensive ways to keep your pet warm and as pet owners it is our responsibility to make sure they are well cared for and safe.