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We are all getting cozy with our hot chocolate and blankets, now that winter is finally here. We start gearing up for the winter chill long before it approaches us. Scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters, and jackets are some of the essentials that we stock up on to help us brace the chilly weather. We face a lot of challenges during this season, however, have we ever thought about the challenges faced by dog owners?
Winters are quite harsh on dogs, and they feel the chill too. Dog owners, especially those living in areas that have quite a severe temperature, are tested during the cold days. If you are a dog owner who wants to do everything to make sure your furry friend is safe and warm, you would know the struggle.
For all of you, here are a few essentials that you need to get your dogs for them to go through the winter season smoothly:
1. Paw Protection
Snow and ice are quite bad for your pooch’s paws, but what’s even worse is the salt that is spread on the streets and sidewalks by snowplows and shovelers to melt the ice. Snow, when combined with salt, can cause a reaction that burns your pooch’s paws.
There are two options available for you to use to protect your dog’s paws. The first option is rubber booties. They stay on for long, especially if you find the right size for your little friend. They are also waterproof and disposable.
The other option is the Paw Wax, which is a wax-like cream that you apply on your dog’s paw pads and between their toes. You will have to wash it off after a walk, or else you will find wax prints all over your house.
2. A Dog Jacket
While we know that a dog’s fur acts as a natural defense against the cold, a dog jacket is still a must for dogs with short and thin hair. You may also want to get this dog jacket if you live in an extremely chilly area.
When choosing a dog jacket for your pooch, make sure that it is at least decently waterproof so that the snow does not soak in and make the dog cold. It should also allow you to attach a leash for your walks. Choosing the size of the jacket is also very important; you need to follow the sizing instructions very carefully.
3. Healing Balm
We all have lotions and balms for our chapped lips and hands during the winters, don’t we? Our dogs get chapped paws and nose too. To help your little friends get rid of cracked noses and paws, get a soothing butter balm that is safe for them.
4. A Warm Dog House We always crank up our heaters during those chilly days to help us keep warm. Shouldn’t we should do the same for our pups? When your dog comes back after frolicking in the snow, it would want to cozy up in its place. Get them an insulated dog home where they can bundle up and relax. You could also get a dog heater to heat the dog house.