Once the temperature starts to drop, it’s routine for us to pull out our stash of winterwear and dig the snow shovel out of the garage. But while we’re at it, let’s not forget our furry friends! Here’s some must-have gear to keep your dog safe and warm all winter.
Musher’s Secret Dog Paw Wax
For dogs who refuse to wear booties, Musher’s Secret Dog Paw Wax is a natural way to protect her paws from ice, gravel, and other painful elements. It’s made with natural waxes and oils that absorb quickly and won’t stain floors.
You just use a paper towel to apply it to your dog’s paws, or you can dip their feet right in the tub. Hunters, dog sled owners, and city folk alike all swear by this magical ointment.
Musher's Secret Dog Paw Wax (2.1 Oz): All Season Pet Paw Protection Against Heat, Hot Pavement, Sand, Dirt, Snow - Great for Dogs on Trails and Walks!
Protects paws from ice, snow, and rocks.
If your pup doesn’t mind wearing things on his paws, dog boots are a no-mess solution to winter protection. They protect your pupper’s feet from rough and cold terrain, just like our winter boots do for us.
These are waterproof and skid-resistant, with reflective straps to make night walks safer. They also have a wide opening, which makes slipping them on and off a cinch.
QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs with Reflective Strips Rugged Anti-Slip Sole Black 4PCS (Size 6: 2.9"x2.5"(LW), Black)
Keep your dog's feet warm and protected.
A Winter Jacket
Not all dogs are blessed with thick winter coats. For smaller breeds or those with short hair, a winter jacket adds an additional layer of warmth. This coat is reversible, and comes in a variety of colors so your pooch can stay warm in style.
She’ll also be visible during night walks thanks to the reflective piping along the back. The zippered opening allows the coat to be worn over a harness.
Kurgo Loft Jacket, Reversible Dog Coat, for Cold Weather, Water-resistant Dog Jacket with Reflective Trim, Ink Blue, Medium
Keeps your pup warm and cozy when she's out in the snow.
A Covered Dog Bed
Keep your pup extra cozy at night in this covered dog bed. You can choose either an orthopedic or memory foam base, based on your dog’s needs.
Each bed also includes a blanket you can attach to form a comfortable cover for your dog. The bed’s insulating properties will trap his body heat and keep him warm and toasty.
Furhaven Pet Dog Bed - Orthopedic Round Cuddle Nest Micro Velvet Snuggery Blanket Burrow Pet Bed with Removable Cover for Dogs and Cats, Silver, 26-Inch
Traps his body heat to keep him cozy.
Pet Safe Ice Melt
Icy stairs and sidewalks pose a major safety hazard. Unfortunately, many ice melt products can be toxic to animals when ingested. You can keep your dog safe from any adverse effects with this pet-safe ice melt.
This brand uses magnesium chloride to melt ice in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit. It also won’t cause any irritation on your dog’s paws or make her sick if ingested.
Green Gobbler Pet Safe Ice Melt Fast Acting Treatment | Magnesium Chloride Ice Melt Pellets | Pet & Plant Safe Ice Melter (15lb Pail)
Melt that ice with this pet-safe formula that won't irritate paws.
Whether a violent storm has blown in or your dog just hates snow, you might find yourself stuck inside with a pet who has to go. Keeping a stack of potty pads on hand will protect your floors from accidents.
These are highly rated for their absorbent, quilted material and the plastic backing ensures nothing leaks through. You can get them unscented or lavender-scented.
Hartz Home Protection Unscented Odor Eliminating Gel Dog Pads - 50 Count
Perfect for when you're trapped inside and your dog has to go.
A Heated Water Bowl
Dogs who spend a lot of time outside need reliable access to water during the day. To ensure it doesn’t freeze in frigid temperatures, swap out their regular water bowl for this heated model.
It holds 96 ounces of water and features a steel-wrapped cord to protect the electronic elements from damage. You do have to plug it in to an electrical outlet, and it should, ideally, be sheltered from heavy snow and ice.
K&H Pet Products 2010 Thermal-Bowl Heated Cat & Dog Bowl 96oz., Blue 25W
Keeps your dog's outdoor water source from freezing.
More time indoors means figuring out new ways to keep your dog occupied. Bully sticks are long-lasting chews that are safer than rawhide and others on the market.
This brand uses 100% all-natural beef that’s high in protein and fully digestible. They also support dental health by scraping away plaque and tarter. Your dog will easily spend hours working on one of these.
Best Bully Sticks 100% Natural 4-inch Bully Sticks (8oz. Bag)
Will keep your dog occupied for hours.