By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear
While I’ve avoided the blizzards this week by living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I remember my winters of childhood in Syracuse, NY. Our Cocker Spaniel, Doodle, wasn’t a fan of snow and hated going out in the winter months. As a young adult, I lived in New York City with Yodel, a small nine pound dog, whose feet would easily get stuck to the ice on the sidewalk during our walks. Currently at home, Gina loves to lie in front of the heater and nap in the sun, while Sanchez is considered a “hot” dog. If it’s above 75 degrees in summer, he is uncomfortable.
While some pets like the heat, and others prefer cooler temps, there are many precautions to take to keep your pets safe in the winter.
5 Ways to Keep your Pets Warm in the Winter
1. Sweaters and Jackets: More than just a fashion statement, sweaters and jackets for smaller and hairless or short haired dogs are essential in cold temps. While a Bearded Collie may love to roll around in the snow and be comfortable outdoors all day in the winter, a small, short haired dog could die in the same weather. Just avoid dressing long haired dogs and those accustomed to winter, such as Huskies, in anything but their birthday suit.
2. Heated Beds: While some dog beds come with internal heating pads, a less expensive solution is to keep a heated water bottle under your dog’s bed. This is particularly helpful for dogs with arthritis and senior dogs.
3. Trim fur in paws: Trimming the fur in long haired dogs helps prevent them from picking up snow and sledge and even rock salt, which can be toxic. Dog booties are another solution for preventing them from picking up ice balls in between their toes. Honestly, I wish I had them for Yodel when I lived in New York.
How do you keep your pets warm in the winter? Thanks for clicking on comment below and sharing your tips.
* Please Note: The owner of Apollo was charged with 3 minor violations, none relating to animal abuse. At most, he will pay a fine and serve 15 days in jail. Care2 has since started a petition called Apollo’s Law that would make this act of animal cruelty a felony in New York State, as it would be in Michigan and some other states. Click here to sign the petition. If you think this should be a felony, please share your thoughts with a comment.