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    17 Products That'll Make Your Dog Happy, Safe, And Warm All Winter Long

    BuzzFeed staff favorites and top-rated products that'll keep your pup in tip-top shape throughout the winter!

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    This post features a mix of items, including those reviewed by BuzzFeed staffers that we purchased with our own money and those that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. (But! We’re under no obligation to write a review of those things, let alone a positive review.)

    1. Protective wax to shield your pup's sensitive lil' paws from the elements and painful rock salt.

    Musher's Secret / Via, Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed

    My dog refuses to wear boots. I've tried three different types of boots, and if I'm lucky enough to even get him to walk a few steps in them, he'll inevitably kick them off before we've made it halfway up the block. After some desperate crowdsourcing from my Facebook friends last winter for a solution that wasn't a bootie but that would keep my pup's feet protected from both ice and rock salt during the snowy New York winter, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of this miracle product, Musher's Secret Paw Protection Wax.

    It's a thick wax that protects your dog's paw pads with a quick swipe — you can dip their lil' feetsies right in the tub or apply with a paper towel or cloth. And it works like a charm! No more paw-hopping on our daily walks because my pup has stepped in painful salt or ice. Just make sure to wipe any excess off before you get back into the house to prevent paw marks on your floors, if that's a concern. Seriously, every anti-boot dog needs this on his paws in the wintertime (2,000+ five-star reviews agree)! And while I've never used it for such a purpose, apparently it also works to protect their paws on hot pavement and sand. —Emmy Favilla

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75+ or Chewy for $12.25+ (available in 60g, 200g, and 1 lb).

    2. A Scheppend Adidog Pet Sweatsuit, possibly the most adorable way to insulate your doggo from the winter chill.

    Francine Hendrikson / BuzzFeed, Francine Hendrickson / BuzzFeed

    My pupster Lily is 10 years old now, and she has some arthritis in her legs and knees. She is very small and gets cold easily, especially in the New York winters. She has some pretty supreme winter coats, but neither one of them covers her little legs all the way. So I got her a sweatsuit to cover her up, as a base layer to wear under her heavier coats.

    I wanted to get her a pink one, but they were sold out, so I bought the bright yellow sweatsuit with green stripes. This worked out well because now I can see her when she runs around like a wild animal of the night. I wasn't sure what size to get her based on the reviews, so I just went off of her measurements (11 pounds, about a foot long). I got her a large, and it fit perfectly. I use this sweatsuit with her all the time now, under her coat and in place of her regular hoodie on days when it isn’t that cold. Covering up her little legs seems to help — she isn’t as stiff when walking around now. I am going to get her another one of these once the pink is back in stock, for adorable 'gram pics and also because she dirties up her clothes so quickly and could use two of these. —Francine Hendrickson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75+ (available in sizes S–9XL, in eight colors).

    3. A cozy bed that lets your dog burrow to their heart's content and stay warm throughout the coldest months...

    Hannah Lowentheil / BuzzFeed

    It didn't take long for Hudson to discover that he (like many dogs) loves small, cozy, dark spaces. In fact, his favorite spot in my apartment is under my bed. So when I came home one day with the Cozy Cave pet bed, he pretty much went apeshit. Hudson has tried out a lot of beds (including my human bed and a Casper dog bed, which is now used as storage space for his toys because he refuses to sleep on it). I think the Cozy Cave is officially his favorite napping spot in the world. He nuzzles up in the Sherpa-lined bed and pokes his little head out. I'm honestly a little bit jealous of this comfortable nook and wish one existed for humans. —Hannah Loewentheil

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in sizes S, L, and XL and in seven colors).

    4. ...and a doggo-approved heating pad for those especially frigid nights and cold-weather-sensitive pups.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what we were looking for! The winter in the Midwest can be brutal for tiny puppies. Our Chihuahuas took to the pad right away. They understood it provides heat and completely sprawl out. Money well spent." —GetUpAndGo

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. Disposable and biodegradable waterproof dog booties that look like mini balloons and just might actually stay put for once on your pupper.

    Marisa Carroll / BuzzFeed

    These Pawz dog boots don’t fall off my dog, who typically wrestles off other booties. They keep his paws protected from painful rock salt, and make him sound like a pony when he runs. Clip clop clip clop. Usually he gets a few wears out of ’em, but recently he’s broken them more given how crappy the weather has been — but even if i have to replace them every couple weeks, at least he will wear them and not get hurt, so it's worth it! (And for reference, he wears a size small.) —Marisa Carroll

    Get them from Amazon for $9.69+ or Petco for $12+ (available in sizes XXS–XL).

    6. And heavy-duty boots, for the bold pupster who's not about to let a little inclement weather get in his way of a winter adventure.

    Kurgo / Via, Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed

    Full disclosure: My dog (in the blue coat, pictured above right debating whether to venture beyond the front gate in his new shoes) was not happy in these boots, because he's simply not happy in any boots, ever, as mentioned previously in item #1. HOWEVER, these would indeed be a fantastic choice for the pup who does not try to kick off their boots in two seconds and is going on a wintry trek with their human companion. They're ridiculously durable, they light up (!) with each step — green on the right side, and red on the left — and they have a reflective weld for 360 degrees of reflectivity, making them an awesome choice for nighttime adventures or hikes. (The battery is covered for one year from purchase.) And in addition to a Velcro strap, they also include an ankle cord lock for extra adjustable-ness. For reference, my pup is a 50-pound pit bull and the medium size fits him perfectly, but you can also check the size chart here. —Emmy Favilla

    Get them from Kurgo for $60/set (available in sizes XXS–XL).

    7. This all-natural Burt's Bees paw and nose lotion to moisturize and relieve your pup's dry nose and rough paw pads after braving the elements.

    Promising reviews: "Used this on our dog's nose that was quite chapped — within a week it was looking normal again." —A

    "This stuff is really nice. After using it just a few times I noticed a difference in my dog's paws. He sleeps in the bed with me and I can hear his paws ripping up blankets and delicate things. Using this stuff helped a lot and his paws no longer scrape at me or the sheets." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Chewy for $4.49 or a two-pack from Amazon for $13.20.

    8. A top-selling reversible jacket that's available in a wide range of sizes (for dogs 4 lbs to 100 lbs) to keep your pupper toasty and chic on their winter walks., / Via Amazon

    Promising review: "My dog is a slender, 65 lb German shorthair with a pronounced tuck, and the XXL fits her perfectly. Buying that size felt wrong, since she's actually quite petite for her breed and not at all what I would consider an 'extra extra large' dog, but I went by the sizing chart, and I'm glad I did. The portion of the jacket which Velcros under her belly is stretchy, so it could probably fit a slightly bigger or stockier dog, but only by another few pounds or so. The jacket also detaches from multiple points, which made it really easy to put on. The best part is that she actually seems to enjoy wearing it! I think it will keep her plenty warm and cozy when we take her camping this fall." —Bott

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and in four colors).

    9. A reindeer-print scarf, because omg look at that scarf and tell me your dog doesn't need one.

    Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed

    Here's my boyfriend's dad's dog, Jasper, looking dapper AF in this ZippyPaws pompom scarf. It fits him perfectly and stays put throughout his walk — and you can tell he just knows he's killin' the style game in this thing. The material is super-soft, and Jasper seems to find it comfortable? The brand also carries other cute prints (like this blue one), to keep your pup's outfit color-coordinated when it's cold enough to warrant the cutest layers ever. —Emmy Favilla

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    10. An efficient, pet-friendly ice-melter that's safe and easy on your pup's paws — and that covers twice the area that rock salt does.

    Safe Paw / Via

    No need to sacrifice your pet's safety for an ice-free zone!

    Promising reviews: "I have used Safe Paw for approximately 15 years. It has not bothered our pets or the concrete sidewalks. It is easy to apply and fast acting." —Tabby

    "Safe for pets. Very happy that this doesn’t burn my dogs paws like most ice melt does. Even other brands that say 'pet safe' do burn their paws, so this is a great find for us." —WigglesHuMum

    Get it from Chewy for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    11. Your pup's favorite treat, to coerce the most stubborn doggos to quickly step outside to do their biz when the temps drop.

    Harper Hendrickson / BuzzFeed, Greenies / Via

    When it's cold, a lot of the time my dog Lily just knows she will go back inside right after she goes to the bathroom, but other times she needs some encouragement. She really loves the peanut butter Greenies Pill Pockets (she likes the other flavors too, but a lot of them smell terrible), so I use these to encourage her to go outside and also give her her joint vitamin all in one go. —Harper Hendrickson

    Get them from Amazon for $6.67 or Petco for $7.49.

    12. A trimmer for furry paws — to help prevent ice buildup on any hair between their pads that might pick up snow on a walk through wintry weather and keep your pup comfortable.

    If your dog isn't the boot-wearing kind, you might consider keeping hairy paws trimmed to help your pup stay as comfortable as possible in icy weather.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    13. A plush blanket for the dog who prefers your couch or bed to their own, so they can stay warm wherever they decide to lay their head. / Via Amazon, / Via Amazon

    Promising review: "Super-duper soft blanket. I got the blue version for my husky. She absolutely loves it. It's a thinner blanket so it's not too warm for her thick coat either :) It's the perfect size for her to snuggle with. She sleeps with it on top of her, and drags it around the house wherever she goes." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in three colors).

    14. For older dogs, a joint supplement that could help them feel more comfortable in the winter, when cold weather may aggravate conditions like arthritis.

    Cosequin chewable tablets are a top-selling popular brand with thousands of positive reviews, but always check with your vet first before starting your dog on any new supplements.

    Promising review: "Our 11-year-old border collie was starting to show signs of arthritis in her front legs. We started this about six weeks ago and have noticed a huge improvement. She loves to play ball, but was struggling with lameness afterwards. Since we began Cosequin, she can play for 30 minutes and be fine the next day. The real test came last week when our Michigan winter began. Our dog loves to play in the snow. She outlasted me, about 30 minutes, I was cold so we went inside. No limping at all. We were giving her one tablet at day, but noticed an increase in her thirst. I read that this can happen, so we went to a maintenance dose, one every other day. Now she is not drinking so much water, back to normal. I would recommend this product if you dog is having joint issues. My dog is happier and actually like a young dog again. Amazing!" —Michigandog

    Get it from Chewy for $17.99+ (available in 60-, 132-, and 250-count bottles) or Amazon for $34.95 for a 132-count bottle.

    15. A coat that's perfectly suited to keep the long-bodied pupperino in your life toasty and sophisticated.

    Erin Ortiz / BuzzFeed

    The Horse Blanket Dog Coat by Canine Styles is my favorite jacket for my dog Olivia once it gets chilly out. It was the first jacket I bought when she was a puppy, and she grew into it pretty well. The straps are all adjustable and go crisscross across her belly so it could be used as a harness by attaching the leash to the loop on the top. Its secure and keeps her warm and stylish. If its super cold I put a sweater underneath so she can stay nice and toasty. With her being a Dachshund, it's hard to find clothing that fits her long body — so I stick with what works super well for us. —Erin Ortiz, BuzzFeed IT

    Get it from Canine Styles for $80 (available in sizes 10–28).

    16. This hide-a-squirrel toy to keep 'em busy when it's too cold to burn off their energy outdoors and chase the real ones.

    Outward Hound / Via

    Promising review: "My dog is in love with this toy. She hasn't quite figured out that she can pull the squirrels through the holes though. Instead, she shakes her head and sends them flying around the living room.. She absolutely loves the squirrels. She's constantly chewing on them. The second I put the toy away, she goes and takes it right back out and removes all squirrels. I only regret buying this toy because my dog is so obsessed with it that I am constantly finding squirrels all over the house." —Alexis D

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in three other styles).

    17. And affordably priced wee-wee pads that'll keep your home clean and your pup's bladder healthy when it's just too damn cold to go outside.

    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I love these pads! AmazonBasics is truly making my life easier. I have a Dachshund and a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix. On my long days at work/cold winter days, I lay a few of these down in my bathroom and the pups just walk right in, potty, and come back out. I use about four a day to give them plenty of space to handle their business. With how inexpensive these pads are, it is a huge stress off my shoulders knowing I don't have to run to the pet store and pay double the price for lower quality/smaller pads." —LaurioOreo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and in 40- through 150-count packs).

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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