Cold weather gear for canines
Lightweight: Chilly Dog sweaters
As winter begins to gear up or wind down, Chilly Dogs sweet fleece sweaters are the perfect accessories for excursions on a chilly day.
They can be worn alone or in combination with other outerwear items, and they're also great for indoor use when your pet needs a little extra comfort. Chilly Dogs sweaters are machine washable and come in a rainbow of classy colors.
Chilly Dogs fleece sweaters, $38-$60
Medium weight: Quinzee insulated jacket
Ruffwear’s highly rated lightweight insulated jacket is packed with convenient features and works well for dogs of all sizes.
Bing: Jackets for dogs
Side-release fasteners make it easy to get on and off your canine companion, and after your excursion, the coat packs down small to fit inside a handy, sewn-in “stuff sack.”
Ruffwear insulated jacket, $85
Heavy weight: Foggy Mountain nylon turnout dog coat
When it’s especially cold, or there’s a nasty wind chill afoot, try Foggy Mountain’s highly functional nylon turnout coat.
Originally developed for horses, this sturdy outerwear selection will keep your dog toasty warm in even the coldest climates. The fuzzy fleece lining makes it a comfortable choice, while the nylon shell repels wind, rain, sleet and snow. A wide variety of colors and sizes are available.
Foggy Mountain nylon turnout coat, $49-$103
Paw protector: Musher’s Secret
Musher's Secret salve, made from human-grade waxes and pure vitamin E, creates a form-fitting barrier between your pet’s paws and whatever surface he’s walking on.
Bing: Musher's Secret
Musher’s Secret is semi-permeable, meaning it allows perspiration to escape through the toes while continuing to protect against snow and ice, as well as hot sand and pavement.
Musher's Secret, $11, at Doctors Foster and Smith
Paw healer: Tender Foot
Tender Foot healing cream soothes foot pads made ragged by too much activity and not enough protection, and it also works well on your dry, cracked elbows caused by too much chillin’ in the snowdrift. Replete with vitamins A, D, and E, and plenty of other good stuff, Tender Foot can also be used as a daily moisturizing treatment.
Tender Foot, $10, at Doctors Foster and Smith
Pawz rubber dog boots
Sure, these aren’t the chicest things on the pet store shelf, but Pawz waterproof rubber booties make up in functionality what they lack in style. Reusable and — when they wear out — disposable, Pawz keep your dog’s feet dry and protected against icy, wet pavement and snow-melting chemicals. They won’t do much to keep doggie feet warm or insulated, but pair them with a wooly sock and Pawz can quickly become your go-to foot-protection option, whether on a walk around the neighborhood or on a hiking excursion.
Pawz waterproof rubber booties, $13-$18, at Petco