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Winter is hard on everybody - including our dogs!
Between below-zero temperatures, snow and slush, taking our beloved four-legged friends for their daily walks can be uncomfortable - unless your pup is well prepared with a jacket and some boots.
Why your dog needs to wear a jacket
While some large dog breeds with thick coats like Alaskan Huskies are well insulated for cold winter temperatures - the same can’t be said for all dogs.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), small and toy breeds like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs, as well as well as medium to large short-haired breeds, all require winter coats in order to retain enough body heat to be comfortable outdoors. Even dogs with longer fur or hair, like Corgis, require coats since they’re so low to the ground and their bellies can easily touch snow and ice.
Poodles or any mixed poodle breed that’s regularly groomed or shaved throughout the year can have difficulty retaining body heat since grooming can alter their coat’s ability to protect them from the elements.
Senior dogs, in particular should be properly prepared for a cold climate. The AKC notes that most senior dogs have health conditions that can be aggravated by cold weather, like arthritis.
Should your dog be wearing booties?
In a nutshell - yes. Boots help protect your dog’s paws from the elements as well as potentially toxic and harmful chemicals used in road salts and ice melts.
Although most pet-conscious home-owners opt for pet-friendly solutions to removing ice, taking your dog on a walk can potentially cause injury to the paw - especially in urban or suburban areas where salting roads, driveways and sidewalks is common.
Looking for winter gear for your dog? You’re in luck. We’ve gathered our favourite winter apparel and accessories so that you and your furry best friend can enjoy the winter wonderland this year.
This insulated, water-resistant and machine washable winter vest is perfect for small dog breeds - and has more than 1,200 customer reviews on Amazon. Multiple sizes and colours are available.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $46
Calling all Canadian pups - outfit your dog in the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company stripes this winter.
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $40
This weather-resistant polyester filled vest features adjustable straps and heat-trapping capabilities. Available in XS-XL.
SHOP IT: Land’s End, from $55
These skid-proof and adjustable booties help protect your pup from tough winter weather.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $23
Hurrta’s winter jacket design features a unique foil lining to trap heat as well as a high collar, an adjustable hood to protect your dog’s ears and more than 500 reviews on Amazon. Available in multiple sizes and colours.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $99
These breathable neoprene dog booties are waterproof, weatherproof and adjustable.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $45
This brightly coloured puffer coat features a front velcro closure, faux fur lined hood and polyester filling to keep your pup warm. Available in multiple sizes and colours.
SHOP IT: PetSmart Canada, from $38
This nylon winter puffer features adjustable straps and a hood for your dog’s next outdoor adventure. Available in multiple sizes and three different colours.
SHOP IT: Aerie, $37
With more than 6,300 customer reviews on Amazon - these secure and adjustable dog boots can handle even the toughest winter terrain.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $29
VoyagersK9Apparel offers sizes based on dog breeds - like Jack Russell, Dalmatian, Boxers and more so that you can get the perfect fit for your pup. Each jacket is made from polar fleece and a waterproof nylon shell for maximum warmth.
SHOP IT: Etsy, from $115
This windproof quilted winter jacket features extra padding and a turtleneck design for warmth and boasts more than 500 customer reviews on Amazon. Available in multiple colours and sizes.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $39
These disposable waterproof dog booties protect your pup from snow, ice and salt - and have more than 11,200 customer reviews on Amazon.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $26
This durable polyester winter jacket features reflective strips for nighttime walks.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $20