Dogs do get cold, and extreme temperatures can be harmful to our furry friends.
A winter coat can keep your dog warm and can also help with keeping your dog dry and clean during a walk. There are many styles of winter coats out there for various types of dog breeds.
Certain breeds may be able to handle the cold weather better i.e. bigger dogs, dogs with heavier coats/more fur, but for those really cold days, most dogs can benefit from an extra layer of warmth.
However, you also want to make sure your dog doesn’t overheat. You can consider buying your dog a sweater for warmer winter days/cool fall days and a winter coat for freezing temperatures.
Winter boots can be helpful as they can protect a dog’s paws from sharp pieces of salt or ice on the ground. Salt can be very painful for dogs to step on.
As well, on a cold day, your dog might appreciate some extra warmth and protection from ice. Most dogs will give you a hard time when it comes to putting on boots, so look for a pair that are easy to slip on. Some pairs are secured with Velcro. Another option are “disposable” boots, which you may prefer as you don’t have to wash them, or worry if your dog somehow loses one while walking as they are cost effective.