Wintertime is a very difficult period for dogs that aren’t built to face sub-zero temperatures. The cold makes the dogs lethargic, they are at a higher risk of hypothermia, and they can get frostbites if they tend to stay outdoors. However, many products are available to enhance a dog’s experience during the coldest days of winter.
Dog Houses for Winter
Dog houses are great for regular days but during winter, your dog will struggle to stay warm enough. A few kennel makers have now solved this problem by building insulated dog houses for cold weather. They are engineered to ensure heat retention and still allow some ventilation to keep the dog house fresh.
Winter dog houses boast several features in order to constantly protect your dog from the freezing cold, snow, wind, and awfully cold elements. For instance, the panes are thicker and seamless to prevent the entry of any cold air. The floor can be raised to allow for a chamber of warmer air. The door is generally a closeable flap to avoid having a huge hole as a door.
Finally, some of these dog houses even come with a kennel heater to provide additional warmth, especially useful for dogs that remain outdoors throughout the winter.
Dog House Heaters and Heating Pads
Dogs heat themselves up quite well but during wintertime, it is not enough. Especially when your dogs are left in outdoor kennels or in a badly insulated house. The weakest dogs are the ones that require warmth throughout the coldest days of winter, especially at night. By weakest dogs, I mean older dogs, short-haired dogs and obviously the pregnant bitch and her whelps.
Sweaters for Large Dogs
If you own a big dog, they may be too big to stay in an actual dog house and therefore require other means to get warmer. Large sweaters for dogs are extremely useful for owners or giant and large breeds such as Great Danes, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, and even Newfoundlands.
Make sure you pick quality clothing to avoid problems such as itchy skins, patches, and redness. Quality is important when picking anything that goes on a dog’s skin. Fleece is an ideal material – it insulates your dog’s body temperature and is very soft. Not every warm fabric is comfortable and even if dogs cannot talk, they do prefer soft and smooth fabrics.
Snoods and Neck Warmers
When going on walks in the winter, your dog may need a little help to stay warm. Extremities are especially at risk with frostbites and therefore require monitoring and extra warmth. Using a dog neck warmer or dog snoods you will ensure that your dog stays warm for the spots that matter. Snoods and neck warmers are very cheap and their usefulness is clear so the value for money is in there without any doubt.
Choosing the best dog snood for your pet is simple. Focus on what it is made with and how it affects the heating factor and comfort of the product. Never pick based on looks and design solely – while having a great looking snood is fun, the color won’t influence how useful it is. You may also consider how easy it is to wear and take off the dog’s neck or head.
Dog Winter Boots
Dogs have reactive skins. Yet, we often forget about how sensitive dog paws are. Cold weather is very aggressive and can damage dog paws by freezing nerve endings in the dog’s pads leading to frostbites. In fact, most veterinarians will recommend you to use paw protectors and winter dog boots whenever the temperature becomes too low for your dog’s liking.
Depending on your dog and where you walk them, you can go for very thin warming socks or more protective boots. Designs vary a lot and manufacturers focus a lot on convenience so you actually use them. Not all dogs get trained to wear these so they must be very comfortable to avoid dogs going crazy as soon as they are put on them. Ideally, you want to get your dog to wear them from the very beginning just so they are used to them.