Whether they are in their golden years, have thinner coats or are just a sun worshipper - it’s not unusual to come across a dog that doesn't like winter. It’s also essential to understand that some dogs are much more susceptible to cold than others, and may need preventative care.
While every pet should be closely monitored in more extreme temperatures, young puppies, senior dogs, pregnant dogs and dogs with illnesses tend to be the most susceptible to the cold. This also applies to low-slung and light-haired breeds, who might find walking more difficult as the temperature drops.
Dogs can’t actually catch colds, but if your dog can’t stop shivering, starts whining and becomes slow in movement - they could be suffering from mild hypothermia. If you notice these symptoms, it’s best to seek veterinary help straight away.
To avoid your dog catching a nasty chill, be sure to pay attention to their cues. If they are dragging you home, refusing to walk or shivering - it may well be too cold for them. It could also be worth investing in some essential winter accessories for dogs, such as a polar fleece or rain jacket to make walks more comfortable and accessible for your pup.
So here are my top tips on how to take extra care to make sure your dogs stay dry, warm & happy this winter
Not every pup has the luxury of a sled dog’s winter fur coat. That’s why dog coats and fleeces can be an essential winter accessory for your pup, so they can enjoy their walks without feeling the chill. Providing that extra layer of protection is hugely important for small, short-haired and more vulnerable dogs.
Winter Coats for Dogs: A rain jacket is an excellent addition to your dog’s wardrobe, to keep them dry and safe on wetter, windier days. We have a selection of rain jackets for all dog sizes, which not only protect from above but also the sensitive abdominal area from below. A useful side-effect of using a doggy raincoat is that your home is kept free of mud and dirt too!
The weatherproof Huskimo Summit range is a personal favourite for me. With a water-resistant and wind-resistant fabric exterior working in harmony with a fleecy interior, it’s perfect for a rainy walk and wintry days. The new Pro Model even includes Hi-Viz reflective piping to increase night visibility, a leash cover to prevent water ingress, a light loop to attach an LED light and antimicrobial technology to reduce washing needs.
If you want something with an extra dash of style, then the Huskimo Buller model is the perfect dog winter coat! As well as the weather-beating exterior and warmth-building interior of the other models, the Buller also features a removable hood and an easy access pocket, perfect for keys or small accessories. With three adjustment points for the perfect fit and an eye-catching design, it’s a true winter essential.
Offering a lightweight and durable way to keep your dog's core temperature up on chillier days, fleeces and jumpers make for a true winter essential for smaller, delicate dogs. They can be combined with a thinner coat on those autumnal days, or worn around the house on those truly frosty days.
Our range of polar fleeces are double lined for extra warmth but ergonomically designed to allow freedom of movement. Ideal for sleeping in, or layering under a waterproof for chilly walks.
Huskimo has an excellent range of small-breed jumpers and dog winter vests. Soft to the touch and gentle to take on and off, it’s perfect for your toy breed or thin-coated friend. Machine washable and easy to clean, you can rotate from a selection of beautiful colours to suit any style.
Plus, we have a range of cosy dog jumpers & dog coats currently available in our mid-season sale. So if you want to snap up a bargain for the winter ahead, don’t miss out!
Don’t forget to check out our extensive sizing guide to make sure your fur friend is happy with their new accessories. Coats and jumpers should be snug to keep in the warmth, but not so tight that your dog’s movement is at all restricted.
I hope you found this guide to the essential winter accessories for your dog helpful, and you’ve picked up some tips on keeping your pooch safe, happy & warm this winter. With these tips and accessories to hand, you should have lots of happy walks together - even when it decides to rain!