Small dog out for a walk wearing a snow jacketAs the current deep freeze continues here in British Columbia and Washington, it’s essential to consider the well-being of our beloved pets. While winter may bring joy to some, it also brings challenges for our furry friends. Here are 3 practical tips to keep your pets safe, warm, and happy during the chilly season.

Bundle Up Your Buddy – Winter Wardrobe for Pets

Winter fashion isn’t just for humans! Many pets, especially those with short fur, might benefit from a little extra insulation. Invest in a cozy pet sweater or jacket to protect them from the cold. Ensure that it fits snugly but allows for comfortable movement. Remember, not all pets will tolerate clothing, so it’s essential to observe their comfort level and remove any attire if they seem distressed.

Paws and Claws – Protecting Your Pet’s Feet

The winter terrain can be harsh on your pet’s paws. Icy sidewalks, snow, and salt can cause discomfort, irritation, and even injury. To shield their delicate paws, consider investing in pet-safe booties. These not only keep their feet warm but also offer protection from icy surfaces and harmful chemicals. After walks, wipe your pet’s paws to remove any salt or ice melt, preventing irritation or ingestion when they inevitably groom themselves.

Dog warm and cozy in dog bed

Cozy Nooks and Warm Treats – Creating a Winter Haven

Make your home a winter sanctuary for your pet. Set up cozy spots with warm blankets or pet beds away from drafts. Provide extra bedding for outdoor pets, ensuring their shelter is insulated and dry. Additionally, consider adding a layer of warmth with heated pet pads. Treat your furry friend with warm, pet-friendly snacks like broths or heated meals to make winter extra delightful for them.



Winter doesn’t have to be a challenging season for our pets. The SPCA offers great advice on keeping your pets safe in the winter. Not sure where to find the proper gear your pets need check out your local pet store.  I found some great dog jackets at my local Tisol Pet Store or online.   With a little preparation and care, we can ensure that they enjoy the colder months as much as we do. By dressing them in winter gear, protecting their paws, and creating a warm haven at home, you can keep your pets safe, happy, and ready for some winter playtime. Stay warm, stay cozy, and enjoy the season with your furry friends.


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