When the colder weather arrives, you will want to make sure your dog is warm regardless of being old or young. In the same way that you ensure that your dog does not suffer from a heat stroke in the summer, in the winter months you want to make sure your dog is warm enough.

If your dog has very short hair, is getting on in years, or is very small, you might want to consider purchasing a jacket for him. They might look cute, but you should think about function over fashion. The fact is many dogs do not like being dressed up, so your pet might take a while to get used to it. The best way to do this would be to practice for a few days and dress your dog in his new jacket for shorter periods of time, so he can become accustomed more easily. Also do give him a treat or two so he starts to associate the two. Choose jackets made from resistant, durable materials and in case there is a lot of snow, waterproof material might be in order.

When it comes to snow, ice and the rest you might want to consider shoes for your dog, especially if you go for long walks. Ice, snow and salt do tend to get caught on the hairs between his pads. Make sure the shoes are a good fit, so they do not cause discomfort for your dog. In case you do not want to go with the shoes, do remove the ice and snow between the pads when you get home.

If you have an outside dog, his shelter has to be comfortable, warm and be built in such a way that it will keep snow, rain and wind away from your dog. Have some soft bedding, which should be either washed or changed regularly. There are a number of quality dog houses that you can obtain from pet stores or online. They come in different shapes and sizes and are made from different materials to suit any budget, so do consider your dog and the winter weather to which he might be exposed. If you want to provide extra warmth, then please do so, but not by using appliances that have electrical cords as this is very dangerous. In pet stores you can find pet bedding that can be warmed up either with hot water or discs that can be heated in the microwave. Additional attention should be on grooming too, as we all know the hair changes in autumn and winter months. This will ensure your dog has its natural protection from the elements. And do not forget to trim the hairs between the pads because ice and snow balls can form there and cause discomfort. All of these things should ensure your dog stays warm and comfortable during the winter months.
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