Before the weather gets cold outside, make sure you and your dog are ready for winter. It’s starting to get cold outside. And in no time at all, we’ll be walking in the winter snow. There are plenty of dogs that love playing in the snow. As you pull out your winter boots and jacket, don’t forget about what your dog will need to keep them warm while outside. Here are ways to get your dog ready for winter.

Dogs Boots: The ice and salt can injure a dog’s paws. Salt can get caught in between a dog’s paws, which can cause damage due to its sharp edges or if it’s ingested. Salt and ice can burn a dog’s paw pads. Not only do boots protect against injury, they also help your dog grip on the ice

Dog Coats and Sweaters: Some dogs need the extra protection from the biting cold. Some breeds are built for this kind of weather, but others need the protection – especially those with short coats and smaller breeds

Dry, Itchy Skin: Your pets skin gets dry and flaky thanks to the cold air outside and the warm, dry air inside. To help your dog’s skin health, consider using a humidifier. Regular brushings can also help with this issue, as it gets rid of dead hair and stimulates your dog’s skin to produce more oils. If you give your dog a bath, use shampoos with oatmeal, an ingredient that help soothe skin.

Limit Your Time Outdoors: Even dogs can get frostbite – on their paws, tail, nose and ears. Don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. And never leave them in the backyard alone during this time of year, especially if they are an indoor dog.

Never Leave Your Dog in the Car: It’s just as dangerous to your dog in the winter as it is in the summer. If you leave your car running and your dog is alone in the car, carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real threat to his life. Even if you turn off the engine, it’s still a bad idea. The temperature in the car will drop quickly, leaving your dog without any protection from the cold.

Beware of Antifreeze: Antifreeze is deadly to dogs. It tends to pool on driveways and sidewalks. Our dogs can walk through it and lick their paws afterward or can go right in for a sniff and a taste. Keep an eye out for this liquid while outside on walks and wash your dog’s paws once you get home.