For those of you living in colder climates, this winter has proven that even the most snow-friendly breeds need a little extra help in the wintertime.
Though we aren’t facing any extreme winter weather here in Santa Monica (It’s a frigid 61 degrees on this fine January day) we are gearing up for our very first snow day at Mt. Baldy this month, which has got us thinking about how we’re going to get our dogs ready for some fun in the snow.
To combat the cold, we’ve put together a list of the five essential winter products to help your dog stay cozy, happy, and healthy until the spring!
1. Musher’s Secret
Though Musher’s Secret can be used all year round, it is extra helpful during the winter to prevent your dog’s paws from cracking in the extreme cold. Put the salve on their paws to keep them well hydrated and happy!
If paw salve isn’t enough to keep your dog’s feet from being comfortable in the snow, try putting them in these booties from Ruffwear, designed especially for winter weather. You’ll love watching them learn how to walk with them on their feet, and hopefully, they don’t learn how to take them off!
3. Reflective Jacket
Unless your dog is bred for cold-weather climates (Great Pyrenees, Bernese Mountain Dog, etc.) they would certainly appreciate an extra layer of warmth. Outward Hound makes insulated, reflective jackets that will allow your dog to enjoy the snow and stay visible to yourself and others.
4. Nose salve
Similar to their paws, a dog’s nose can get dried or cracked in cases of extreme weather. Snoutstick is an organic solution to this problem and works just like chapstick for your dog’s nose. You can pick one up in our lobby.
5. Dog Snuggie
When the outdoor fun is over, throw it back to 2009 so you and your dog can get cozy by the fire with a dog Snuggie. Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favorite backward robe is now available for dogs. Huzzah!