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Winter gear can help your dog stay healthy during cold weather

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Posted at 5:44 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 06:58:11-05

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) -- It's November in Wisconsin and that means unavoidable cold temperatures.

We aren't the only ones who need to bundle up. Our furry friends need protection from the elements as well.

"If it's too cold for you it's likely too cold for your dog," said Shaina Allen, the Marketing Coordinator for the Wisconsin Humane Society - Green Bay/Door County Campuses.

Sarah Shiner thinks of it as buying winter gear for a member of the family.

"He's like a kid to us," said Shiner.

As a Chihuahua, Aldo is a smaller breed and so he gets colder faster.

"He does start to shake when he's too cold," said Shiner. "Sometimes he will just sit on his little butt in the snow and won't move anymore."

There is gear that can help, such as paw protection.

"Sometimes the ice chips can get stuck in there or even snow can get balled up and their little paws will be little ice balls," said Allen. "Look for little lacerations from the ice and irritation from the salt and gravel."

There are Pawz dog booties that you can buy that slide over your dog's paws. They are reusable and disposable.

There is also extra outerwear for warmth like sweaters, jackets and hoodies.

"There's a hole for a leash or halter to fit through," said Allen. "There's a style for everybody."

Another important necessity this time of the year is a warm comfy bed made of heat-reflected material.

"It reflects all that heat back onto them and give them an extra layer of warmth," said Allen.

These are some simple purchases to make sure man's best friend enjoys winter in Wisconsin as well.

For more information on winter gear for pets, click here.