If, like mine, your dog is not a cold-weather breed, there are still ways to enjoy the snowy months. Here’s a list of great products that I really use to help Mojito survive until spring.
A cozy bed
…or five. Mojito and the cats have beds in every room of our home (yes, even the bathroom). Their favorites are cuddler beds like Slumber Nests. We also have a heated PetSafe Wellness Sleeper that, when plugged in, is the most popular spot in the house (see photo).
Boots like Muttluks keep snow and ice from getting stuck between toes, as well as offering protection from freezing pavement and potentially dangerous ice melt chemicals. Mo has been known to refuse to put a paw outside without them. (Read a post about our first try at dog boots.)
Dogs that are shorthaired (or no haired, like Mo) will appreciate an extra layer against snow and wind. It’s great to pull a coat off inside the door and have a nice dry dog underneath, too. This season, one of your warmest options is the plush Velveteen Striped Hoodie — I was so impressed with them that Mo has one of both colors.
We have a seldom-used second exterior door that is enclosed by a lean-to. On the worst of the wintry days, we learned to drop a Piddle Pad in the corner of the lean-to and ask Mo to do his business out there, saving us both the trip into the storm; a great option for small or elderly dogs! If you really want to get fancy, check out the Pet Loo.
To keep the outdoors where it belongs, Mo has his own “Wipe Your Paws” doormat just inside. We’ve taught him to go straight there and wait, so as not to track mud or melting snow all over the floors. He then gets his boots and coat removed, and only then is free to dash off to where he’d rather be: the sofa.
Dogs with arthritis or other joint conditions can feel worse in damp and cold weather, just like people. Mojito has luxating patellas, so we’re sure to give him all the support we can with Joint Care 3. The Chewable form is by far the easiest to use — I either crumble it over his food or use one as a treat reward.
Treats and Toys
Okay, these are year-round use! But when weather is inclement, there are options to have some indoor fun. Treat toys like the Occupi get Mo thinking and moving, as well as games of “hide and seek” with Liver Snax hidden about the room. Skinneez toys are also scattered all over the house — both the cat-sized and the Minis.
Related Dog Winter-Care Posts:
- Cold Weather Care For Your Dog – Watch this video with veterinarian Dr. Scott McKay for tips to keep your dog healthy and safe.
- Dog’s Feet: Tips For Winter Paw Care – Find out how you can help your dog’s feet deal with the cold during the winter months.
- Dog Coats: Fashion or Function? – Although some dogs cope with the elements just fine, others benefit from a comfortable dog coat that keeps them warm and dry.