10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe & Warm This Winter

Like it or not, winter is coming. In fact, here in Canada, Ontario – we have already had our first snowfall!

Winter Safety Tips for Your Pet Dogs

So, it’s time we start thinking about some winter safety for our dogs.

Every summer, the internet is blasted with reminders about hot cars and hot pavement, and in my opinion, summer safety is taken way more seriously than winter safety. Dogs love to play in the snow, well most dogs… but that doesn’t mean they don’t still feel the cold. Chances are, if you’re cold, they’re cold!

Follow these 10 winter safety tips, and you can help make sure your dog enjoys the snowy cold weather this year.

  1. If You’re cold, chances are they’re cold! I realize some dogs love staying outside in the snow and the cold (like my 3 Siberian Huskies) but sometimes they will not let you know when they need to come in. That part is up to us. Keep a close eye on your dog when it’s cold outside, and make sure to bring him in to get warm.
  2. Winter booties! I’m not sure how cold it gets where you are… but here, we get temps as low as -30 and sometimes even colder! When the weather gets that cold, and the dogs need to go out, it could hurt their paws. This is where winter booties can come in handy!
  3. I know some people really don’t like to dress their dogs in clothes, but when it gets cold, sweaters can help keep your pooch warm! This is especially important for smaller dogs.
  4. Use pet safe sand for icy areas. So many people use salt on ice around the sidewalks and steps, but salt can be very damaging to your dogs paws. Using a pet safe sand will still prevent you from slipping, and will be a lot less invasive on those soft paw pads.
  5. If there is lots of snow, sometimes after walks, you might notice snow has balled up in the fur along the bottom of the belly, or the legs of your dog. Take time to remove the snow balls from their fur as it may contain salt from the roads.
  6. Water for your dog is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Yes, they do have a tendency to munch on snow, but they still need their fill of water.
  7. Cold cars are just as bad as hot cars. It can be fatal to leave a dog in a hot car during the summer. It is the very same in the dead of winter. Leaving your dog in a car without heat during the winter can end up fatal.
  8. Number 5 mentioned snow getting all balled up in your dogs fur. To help prevent that from happening on the bottom of their feet, keep the long fur between their toes all trimmed during the winter.
  9. Ice. Ice can be fun to play on. Fun for kids, fun for dogs. But take care if you let your dog play on the ice. All that slipping and sliding can do damage on their muscles.
  10. Last but certainly not least, never eat yellow snow! :P (hehe)

Winter can be so much fun for your dog. Just make sure to keep them safe as well!

Happy Winter!

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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38 Responses to 10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe & Warm This Winter

  1. Great tips! I’m from Canada and when I brought Red with me to visit a few winters ago (we were living in Florida at the time), she was not happy with the snow and ice. Poor baby dreaded going outside. I tried putting booties on her but forget it, thankfully she was okay with wax for her paws. It made all the difference.

  2. Mr. N lives in sweaters and coats during the winter!

  3. Ruth Epstein says:

    Layla is not mad about clothing but when it rains I do make sure she is with a raincoat to keep her dry as possible, plus she sleeps with a t-shirt at night.

    We do not have snow so phew I do not have to worry about that one

  4. Val Silver says:

    Hi Jenna,
    With winter coming it’s important to keep these winter safety tips in mind. We’re in NNY so it gets cold here too! Ted makes a quick trip out to do his business and then runs right back in- not like in the summer when he spends time nosing around the yard.

  5. Cathy Armato says:

    Oh, tip #10 is a great reminder, BOL!!! Seriously though, Excellent tips to be prepared for Winter with. I like tip # 9 a lot, we don’t always consider how sliding on ice can overwork a dog’s muscles.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Very true. And my one boy loves to play on ice. And there’s nothing wrong with that, I think it just needs to be monitored, and only for short periods of time. :) Glad you enjoyed the tips!!

  6. We love seeing doggies with booties – they look so cute! These are great tips for dog owners.

  7. Great tips for keeping pups warm in winter — YUCK yellow snow, we all know what that means. :)

  8. Jana Rade says:

    Yes, we always use just sand for any icy or slippery areas in the Winter.

  9. These are so great – and we cannot over emphasize the importance of #8, trim the fur in and around your pup’s toes. Snow can turn into ice in this area – dogs toes create a bit of warm, just enough to melt the snow a brief moment, only to have it freeze back up, turning into ice and ultimately crunchy pain for pups. Thanks for sharing your knowledge – truly fabulous!

  10. Robin says:

    I can’t believe that it is already time to think about winter! Michigan has had a little bit of snow too (we’re right next to Ontario). It’s great to share these tips over and over. People forget so easily!

  11. Great tips. I so am not looking forward to our Ohio winter. We much prefer the warm beaches. :)

  12. All great tips. I really like the one reminding folks that water is important even when its cold out

  13. Beth says:

    Thanks for the reminder, we are out of pet safe de-icer and I need to get some before we need it! My dog Nelly (a Maltese) seems to appreciate wearing a coat on chilly days. My Eskimo/Pomeranian mix loves cold weather, but I never leave her out for long on the really cold days.

  14. You get a LOT colder than we do. We barely even get frosts! There is a heap of sensible advice here. You should put it all into a pdf and make it a printable. Add some cute dog pictures and voila maybe a life or two made more comfortable and warm!!

  15. What wonderful safety tips for winter. I love that you include how water is just as important in winter as it is in summer. Also, leaving a dog in a cold car in winter can be just as fatal as leaving a dog in a hot car in summer. Finally, you’ve convinced me there is a reason for dogs to wear sweaters.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Wow, I am getting some great feedback on this post! I truly appreciate it! I just feel that summer gets so much attention with the dangers etc etc… winter needs to be exposed for it’s potentiate dangers as well. I mean, I love to play in the snow with my kids, and my fur-kids, but there are definitely some dangers to be aware of. :)

  16. gorgeous picture of the dog wearing a scarf. Liked reading the post definitely is useful for people that have winters where snowfall is regular. I couldnt stop laughing at the last bit – yellow snow LOL

  17. Sadie says:

    Yes, that first snow fall was the morning after we arrived back from Florida! I guess it gives us all a taste of what’s to come.

  18. We’re lucky we don’t get a lot of bad weather in the Winter in the South.

  19. Bryn Nowell says:

    Great and super important post! Sending warm thoughts in your direction as we begin to brace for what we have been told is supposed to be a brutal winter in New England. I’d also recommend adding information about enrichment options to ward off being board when cooped up indoors!

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