Winter Care

Don’t hibernate! Stop by your local Pet Valu for products and expert advice to help you and your pets stay active and healthy all winter long.

Bundle up

Few pets have fur that was meant for winter protection, so help out your pet by finding him the right winter coat. Here are some tips for choosing the right coat:

  • The coat should reach as far from the nape of the neck to the top of the tail.
  • Make sure your pet can run and play, but the coat is still secure enough to offer protection from the elements.
  • Does your pet have a bald chest and tummy? Look for coats or a sweater that covers the chest if your pet likes to play in deep snow.
  • If your smaller pet wears a harness, look for coats that have a collar slot cut out, so your pet can comfortably wear their harness underneath his coat.

Protect those paws

Snow that ‘balls’ and gets stuck between your pet’s toes is an annoyance, but the real danger comes from road and sidewalk salt. Salts used to de-ice roads and sidewalks can irritate your pet’s feet when walking, and can also be unhealthy for them if they lick their feet upon returning home. Protect your pet’s feet with a set of winter boots. Muttluks and RC pet boots are great for helping your pet’s feet stay warm and protected on winter walks. Though it’s normal for dogs to take a few walks to adjust to their new boots, if your pet can’t or won’t wear boots paw balm is another option. Fou-Stick Paw Balm applies easily from a twist tube and contains protective and moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil and beeswax.

Around the house

When it comes to de-icing your steps and walk-ways, use a pet-safe ice melter.  Look for Safe Paw ice melter at your local Pet Valu, this salt-free formula is pet, child and environmentally safe.  Though you should limit the amount of time your dog spends outside when the temperature drops, dogs can still enjoy the winter wonderland that is your backyard. Looking to keep fresh water available outside during the winter? Check out the thermal bowls from K&H.

Winter can be especially hard on older pets with sore hips and joints. Heated beds are a great way to keep your pet warm and sooth stiff joints. Look for heated beds, or buy a bed heater separately to fit into your pet’s current bed.

Stay moisturized

Dry and cold weather can do a number on your pet’s skin. Help prevent dry, flakey skin by adding a skin and coat supplement like Head to Tail Skin & Coat. With coconut oil, fish oil, and vitamin E, these great-tasting daily chews are an easy way to help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy. If you find your pet’s paws, ears or tail are dry or cracking, you can also apply coconut oil (like this one from Cocotherapy) topically as needed.