If you have a small dog and you live in a place where snow happens, you know how hard it can be to keep your pupper warm in the winter. And it’s not just difficult, it’s also expensive. Why are dog clothes more expensive than human ones? But I digress. Keeping small dogs warm can be challenging, but it’s important for their health and overall well-being. No one wants to see a dog shivering.
I have a miniature dachshund and this is the way I keep her warm when we go for walks. Dog sweaters and coats are a great way to keep small dogs warm while they get some exercise. You can find lots of options at your local pet store and they aren’t that expensive.
A good dog coat on the other hand…if you are walking your dog regularly and you live in a place where it’s freezing, it may be a good investment. They can range in price from $20-$40, but they are worth every penny.
Whether in their dog bed, on the couch, or in your bed, blankets are the perfect thing to keep you and your dog warm in the winter. And most dogs love a soft blanket so it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge to get them wrapped up in one.
5 ways to keep your small dogs warm in the wintertime
Besides chewing on them, my dog loves to crawl under a blanket after she’s been for a walk in cold temperatures. And the softer, the better!
3. Heating pad
A heating pad is another great way to keep your dog warm. But be careful with it. You don’t want to put it on too high. A low setting is all they really need to get toasty. And if you have an older dog, this can also help with any aches and pains or joint issues they may have.
If you’ve ever had a dog that likes to lay next to a heating vent, this is the same premise.
If your small dog will let you put boots on them and keep them on without walking funny, this is another way to keep them warm in the winter when you go for a walk. They not only keep your dog’s paws warm, but they also protect them from salt and anything else that might harm them.
I tried these when I first got my dog and…well, she was not pleased.
5. Don’t keep your dog in the car
Just like you wouldn’t keep your dog in the car when it’s hot outside, you really shouldn’t have your dog sit in your car for a long period of time during the winter either. They can experience hypothermia just like humans do.
While 5-10 minutes probably won’t make a difference, any longer could cause them to become too cold, especially if the temperature is below freezing.
Beyond these tips, some good old-fashioned snuggling can always do the trick if your small furry friend is struggling with the colder weather.
How do you keep your small dogs warm in the winter? Let us know in the comments below!