Cold weather pet fashion

by | General Pet Care |

For some pets, a little extra protection from the elements during winter in a necessary thing. To help you find the right pet fashion accessories, we’ve put together a list of some things you might need!

Boots

We have to admit, it can be pretty humorous watching a dog try to wear boots for the first time. But if you give them time to get used to them, they can offer warmth, traction on ice and frozen surfaces and protection from salt on the roads or sidewalks. Which we think makes it worth it!

Hats and scarves

In extreme winter weather, some pets may benefit from a hat, scarf, or hats that double as a scarf! There are many types available that you can try out at your local pet store.

Sweaters, coats and vests

If you own a short-haired breed, you may find sweaters, coats or vests necessary during frigid temperatures. Keep in mind, there is a difference between coats designed for fashion, and those meant to keep your pet warm.

Things to keep in mind

Make sure whenever introducing something new to your pet, that it fits them properly and is a safe option for them. We encourage pet owners to do research and talk to their veterinarian about what accessories would be best for your pet.

It’s also important to remember that not all pets are comfortable wearing clothes. If your pet is visibly stressed or uncomfortable wearing the clothes, don’t force it. Make sure to make the experience a positive one, introducing the new items slowly and with lots of treats and positive reinforcements.

Dogs can also overheat easily, so while outside, keep an eye on your pet to ensure they continue to be comfortable throughout your outdoor adventures.

More cold weather tips

Here are some more resources you may find helpful as you navigate winter with your pets.

Cold weather pet safety tips for 2020

PET HEALTH CORNER: Cold weather diet

“Cool” test: How to tell if your dog is too cold