Keeping Your Pet Warm (And In Style) In Winter

frenchi hoodIt’s that bizarre time of year in Iowa again — one day it’s 45 degrees and sunny, and snow is coming down hard the next. Winter is almost over, but we’re not quite out of the woods yet. In the meantime, here are some great options for keeping your pet warm on those chilly days (and check out our post on winter safety tips while you’re at it). And hang in there — spring is almost here!

RC Pet Products Sport Pawks Socks

RC Pawks

Photo courtesy of RC Pet Products

These socks are equal parts functional and cute, with non-slip soles and eight bright colors to choose from. They protect your pet’s paws from the harsh salt and chemicals that are found on the sidewalks in winter, as well as providing a bit of traction for icy spots. They can be worn indoors to help older dogs or pets who have trouble keeping their footing on slick hardwood or tile floors.

While these socks might not be the best option for a blizzard or more severe snowfall, they are perfect for after sidewalks have been shoveled. For a more heavy-duty option, we’d suggest:

Ruffwear Polar Trex Boots

Ruffwear Polar Trex

Photo Courtesy of Ruffwear

These durable boots are specifically designed to handle snow and ice, with three layers of warmth and a sole carefully engineered to give your dog maximum traction and control on the ice. They also feature a reflective trim so your pet will be safer at night. And good news: Ruffwear also has single boots available for sale, so in the event that your pup loses one of his boots, you don’t need to buy another set of four.

Chilly Dog Sweaters

Chilly Dog Cable Knit 3

Photo courtesy of Chilly Dog

Chilly Dog Cable Knit

Photo courtesy of Chilly Dog

Chilly Dog Cable Knit 2

Photo courtesy of Chilly Dog

It’s not just your dog’s paws that need protection in these cold winter months. These sweaters will keep your pet warm both indoors and out, and come in a variety of patterns and colors. As an added bonus, all Chilly Dog sweaters are handmade and created following Fair Trade guidelines. And they sell scarves too!

Hurtta Winter Jacket


Photo courtesy of Hurtta

While many pets will be just fine wearing a sweater on milder days, this waterproof jacket will provide your furry friend with more protection in rain, sleet or snow. The jacket is adjustable, making it a perfect fit for each individual dog. It also provides extra coverage that other jackets do not, protecting your dog’s tummy and major muscle groups from the cold.

RC Pet Gear Whistler Zipline V2

rc pets whistler zipline

Photo courtesy of RC Pet Products

For many owners, finding a jacket that fits their dog is relatively easy. However, some dogs are shaped in such a way that it is difficult for them to fit into many. This jacket is made specifically for dogs with barrel chests and thicker necks (bulldogs, pugs, etc.) who typically have trouble fitting into pieces that other dogs their size can. The jacket is fleece-lined, reflective and water-resistant, ensuring that your dog will be safe and warm.

Zack & Zoey Fleece Flower Dog Jacket

Photo courtesy of BaxterBoo

Photo courtesy of BaxterBoo

This fleece jacket will keep your dog both warm and fashionable in the snow. With its flower detail and button/tab accents, it’s a perfect option for a pet who wants to be cozy without giving up style.

Doggie Design Brown Plaid Classic Coat Harness with Matching Leash

doggie design

Photo courtesy of Doggie Design

This stylish plaid coat (also available in houndstooth) features a plush faux fur collar to keep your pet in vogue and out of the vet’s office. It also comes with a matching leash that easily attaches to a ring on the back of the coat.

East Side Collection Corduroy Toggle Dog Coat

Photo courtesy of BaxterBoo

Photo courtesy of BaxterBoo

This coat, available in your choice of trendy green or raspberry, will keep your pet warm with its sherpa-lined cotton shell. It also has working toggles and pockets on the back and velcro closures on the stomach for easy dressing.

Sunbeam Self-Warming Heated Pet Bed

Photo courtesy of PetSmart

Photo courtesy of PetSmart

We didn’t forget about our feline friends! Cats like to look out the window to observe the goings-on of the neighborhood (and birdwatch), and the freezing winter temperatures won’t keep them away from their favorite watch post, no matter how chilly it might get. This heated bed will keep them warm while they keep watch, and its self-warming core means that no cords are necessary. It’s perfect for dogs, too!

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