10 things under $40 your dog needs this winter

Make sure your dog is safe and warm before a romp in the snow.

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Owning a dog is a responsibility year 'round, but winter can be a whole other animal. I’m lucky to have a dog who truly loves winter—she’s a Corgi, so she has not one, but two coats of fur—but there are still pitfalls to protect her against as she runs and plays in the snow.

This season has its own host of challenges—slippery surfaces, frigid temperatures, and dark-way-too-early evenings. Through discovering my own tricks to learning about the cult products dog owners can’t live without, I’ve discovered the must-have items that make the lives of dogs, and their humans, easier throughout winter.

You and your pup can take winter on as a team with these handy, floof-friendly products in your arsenal.

1. An all-natural lotion that helps to heal chaffed paws and noses

Burt's Bees Paws and Nose Lotion
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This lotion soothes (and prevents) dry, chapped paws and noses.

It can be disheartening to see your pup with cracked paws and an irritated nose, results of too-icy sidewalks and too-dry air. Burt’s Bees makes fantastic pet products, and this lotion, free of parabens and petroleum, can make your pupper feel better in no time.

Get Burt’s Bees Paw and Nose Lotion on Amazon for $4.87

2. A set of water-resistant boots to protect pads and keep snow out

Maxshop Dog Boots
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These tough little boots can handle even the slickest of conditions.

Your pup wants to go outside and play, even if the weather is frightful. To safeguard his soft, delicate paw pads against snow, ice, and salt, look no further than these waterproof, anti-slip shoes that fit a variety of sizes and breeds.

Get the Maxshop Waterproof Rugged Dog Shoes on Amazon for $16.99 and up

3. A cozy jacket that will help your dog stay warm on extra-frosty days

PAWZ Road Dog Sweater
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Fido looks fabulous (and warm!) in this buffalo-check coat.

Dog owners love this coat. Just scroll through all the positive reviews, many of which feature adorable pictures of their furry friends sporting this plaid number. He’ll look like he jumped straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad—and he’ll feel warmer as the temperature drops.

Get the PAWZ Road Dog Plaid Hoodie on Amazon for $11.99 and up

4. A harness that can heat up chilly outings

Kumfy Tailz Warming Harness
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A warming harness can keep your pup’s body temperature up in frigid temps.

This is a pretty brilliant pet product—an adjustable harness that uses warming, non-toxic gel packs to keep your pup toasty. Just pop them in and head out for that long walk he’s been begging for. And during summer heatwaves, you can use cooling packs, keeping your fuzzy buddy comfortable throughout the year.

Get the Kumfy Tailz Warming/Cooling Dog Harness on Amazon for $20.07 and up

5. A snuggly blanket made of one of the softest materials around

Friends Forever Deluxe Dog Blanket
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Your pup will love this super-soft, comfy blanket after a big day of playing in the snow.

During winter, your pup deserves some above-average snuggle sessions in his bed or crate. To really cozy it up, add a soft blanket, like this one made of 100% pure crystal velvet. Your dog might not know what that means, but he’ll probably feel awesome. No wonder it’s one of the highest-rated pet blankets on Amazon.

Get the Friends Forever Deluxe Dog Blanket on Amazon for $21.50

6. A heated bowl to fill with water that will never freeze

Farm Innovators Heated Water Bowl
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If your dog loves the outdoors, give him a heated bowl of water that won’t ice over.

Some of us have those dogs who want to spend every waking moment outside. Barring blizzards or unsafe conditions, you can let him run and play—and stay hydrated—with a heated bowl that prevents water turning to ice. This one has an anti-chew cord, too.

Get the Farm Innovators 1-Quart Heated Bowl on Amazon for $24.18

7. A magic wax for paws that creates a seal against salt and ice

Musher's Secret Pet Paw Wax
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It's no longer a secret—this cult favorite is perfect for protecting paws from the elements.

OK, so your dog might be so excited to go outside that he just can’t sit still long enough for you to put those boots on. In that case, you can quickly rub Musher’s Secret on your dog’s paws to prevent chafing caused by icy conditions and sidewalk salt. It’s a favorite product among dog lovers, making our list for the 12 best things you can buy your dog on Amazon.

Get Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax on Amazon for $12.25

8. A vest to make your dog easier to spot in the darkness

Safety Pup XD Reflective Jacket
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On those dark winter nights, keep your pet safe with a reflective vest.

If you walk in busy neighborhoods or high-traffic areas, it can be difficult to see our four-legged friends on dark winter evenings. Be cautious and put a reflective safety vest on your dog in a bright, blazing hue.

Get the Safety Pup XD Reflective Vest on Amazon for $16.95

9. A heated mat that’s a luxurious step up from his basic dog bed

Milliard Heated Pet Pad
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Your best friend needs a little warm-up after playtime in the snow.

Who doesn’t love a heated blanket during winter? Here’s the equivalent for your dog, a highly-rated indoor/outdoor heated pad complete with a chew-resistant cord and fleece to soften it up.

Get the Milliard 1Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pet Pad with Fleece Mat on Amazon for $43.99

10. An LED collar that looks cool and brings added safety to dimly-lit walks

Illumiseen LED Dog Collar
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This blinking LED collar is perfect when the days grow shorter.

Runners who wear head lamps and LED accessories can be easily spotted in the dark. Do the same for your pup and buy this LED collar that makes him a lot more visible. Plus, it’s USB-rechargeable and comes in six colors. I’ll be getting the Flamingo Pink one for Ginger.

Get the LED Dog Necklace Collar on Amazon for $14.91

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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