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
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.
2. A set of water-resistant boots to protect pads and keep snow out
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.
3. A cozy jacket that will help your dog stay warm on extra-frosty days
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.
4. A harness that can heat up chilly outings
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.
5. A snuggly blanket made of one of the softest materials around
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.
6. A heated bowl to fill with water that will never freeze
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.
7. A magic wax for paws that creates a seal against salt and ice
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.
8. A vest to make your dog easier to spot in the darkness
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.
9. A heated mat that’s a luxurious step up from his basic dog bed
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.
10. An LED collar that looks cool and brings added safety to dimly-lit walks
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.
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