How to keep your dog warm and safe this winter
Navigating the winter months with your dog can be hard, but with the right gear and precautions, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both of you.
Start by investing in warm and protective clothing like dog boots to shield their paws from freezing temperatures or icy surfaces. Consider using gear with reflective materials, or an LED light attachment to enhance visibility during dark winter evenings.
Planning shorter and more frequent walks can help prevent your dog from getting too cold or overexerted. Additionally, be mindful of the dangers of antifreeze (if you live in the snowy parts of South Africa), which is toxic to dogs, and clean their paws after walks to remove any ice melt or chemicals they might have come into contact with.
Lastly, provide your dog with a cozy bed, blankets, and extra warmth indoors to keep them comfortable during the colder nights. With these precautions in place, you and your dog can make the most of the winter season together while prioritising safety and well-being.
Here are some winter essentials to keep your pooch warm and safe.
1. Sealy Lux Premium Orthopaedic Dog Bed - From R 1044.05
A good bed is essential for your dog during winter due to several reasons. Firstly, providing them with a comfortable and warm bed helps them regulate their body temperature and stay cozy. A high-quality dog bed offers insulation from the cold ground, preventing their body heat from escaping and protecting them from chilly drafts.
Moreover, dogs require quality sleep to maintain their overall health and well-being, and a comfortable bed aids in achieving that. By providing a soft and supportive surface, a good bed alleviates joint and muscle discomfort, allowing your dog to rest properly. This is particularly important during winter when dogs tend to be less active due to the cold weather.
2. Wagworld Blankies - From R 168.00
A blanket is essential for your dog during winter as it provides extra warmth, comfort, and a sense of security. It helps trap their body heat, acts as a barrier against cold surfaces, and promotes relaxation while reducing anxiety.
Overall, providing your dog with a blanket during winter is a simple yet effective way to ensure their comfort and well-being throughout the season.
3. Earthbath Shed Control Grooming Foam - Green Tea & Awapuhi - R 204.25
Earthbath® Shed Control Grooming Foam helps address the common issue of excessive shedding that often occurs during colder months. The grooming foam is specifically formulated to reduce shedding by loosening and removing loose fur from your dog's coat. This not only helps keep your home cleaner but also promotes healthier skin and coat for your dog.
Additionally, Earthbath® Shed Control Grooming Foam contains natural ingredients that nourish and condition your dog's skin, preventing dryness and itchiness caused by the dry winter air. It is a convenient and effective solution to manage shedding and maintain your dog's overall coat health during the winter season.
The Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Dog Pullover provides an extra layer of insulation to keep your dog warm and protected from the cold weather. The fleece material is designed to retain body heat, ensuring your dog stays comfortable in chilly temperatures.
Moreover, the pullover design is easy to put on and take off, making it convenient for outdoor activities. It also offers a snug fit that covers your dog's core, keeping them cozy and preventing heat loss.
Firstly the Lumenglow High-Vis Jacket enhances your dog's visibility and safety during low-light conditions. With its high-visibility design and reflective strips, the jacket helps drivers and pedestrians spot your dog more easily, reducing the risk of accidents.
Secondly, the jacket provides an extra layer of insulation to keep your dog warm and protected from the cold weather. It helps retain body heat and shields your dog from chilly winds.
Additionally, the Lumenglow High-Vis Jacket is water-resistant, keeping your dog dry and comfortable in snowy or rainy conditions. It also features an adjustable fit and easy-to-use fasteners, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit for your furry friend. Overall, this jacket is a practical and essential accessory to keep your dog visible, warm, and safe during winter outings.
Ruffwear Summit Trex Dog Boots provide insulation, protection against harsh terrain, and excellent traction. These durable boots prevent paw injuries from icy surfaces and abrasive elements while ensuring a secure and comfortable fit.
With their non-marking outsoles, your dog can confidently navigate slippery terrain. Invest in these boots to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable during winter adventures.
7. Ruffwear Crag Reflective Dog Collar - R 726.00
The reflective design enhances visibility, while its adjustable and comfortable fit ensures safety and convenience. With its durable materials, this collar is perfect for winter weather conditions. Keep your dog secure and visible during winter adventures with this reliable collar.
With its reflective properties, the Crag Leash enhances visibility for safety during low-light conditions. The sturdy construction and comfortable handle provide reliability and control, even in cold temperatures. This leash is a convenient and secure accessory for winter outings with your dog.
9. Ruffwear Beacon Safety Light - R 580.00
The Ruffwear Beacon Safety Light is essential for your dog during winter. It enhances visibility and safety in low-light conditions with its bright LED light and multiple flashing modes. This weather-resistant light ensures reliable performance and keeps your dog visible during winter adventures.
* all prices are per 17 May 2023 and subject to change