Health & Wellness

5 Cold Weather Tips for Pets in Vancouver

January is one of the coldest months in Vancouver.  As we bundle up with jackets, scarves and gloves to keep warm, pets like my Teddy Bear need winter weather protection, too!  Even though Teddy may be covered in fur, dogs require more attention when it comes to spending time outdoors in the winter months. Here are some winter pet care to help ensure your pets are prepared for the cold weather.

  • Winter fashion isn’t just for humans – Just like we get dressed up to stay warm in the winter, some pets do, too! Try dressing your pet in a winter sweater, jacket or booties to keep them warm on winter walks.  Some shops in Vancouver which sell stylish doggy wear include Barking Babies (1188 Homer Street), Pawsh (80 Smithe Street) and Bosleys (various locations).
  • Take pet paw precautions – After taking your pet for a walk in the winter, be sure to wipe their paws and underside after being outside. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks can irritate and burn your pet’s sensitive paws. Soaking your pet’s paws in warm water before drying them off also helps remove chunks of snow and is soothing for their pads.  Alternatively you can take them to the doggy spa (like how Teddy goes to Pawsh) and get a full grooming.
  • Home heating – Teddy Bear is the fluffiest dog I know and sometimes his furry tail gets stuck in the wrong places. If you plan to light a fire or plug in a space heater, keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces. Not only may they burn themselves, they could also knock over a heat source and put your whole home in danger.
  • Don’t leave pets outside for prolonged periods of time – Even though there’s a Vancouver city bylaw against tying up your dogs outside in public areas, I have been very guilty of tying up Teddy to a pole while I run a quick errand at a store.  When the temperature drops below zero, be aware that pets shouldn’t be left outdoors for prolonged periods of time – especially short-coated dogs and puppies as they are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. If you have a cat or short-coated dog, only take them out for short walks and consider dressing them in sweaters to keep the heat in.
  • Cars in the winter are like freezersJust like how we shouldn’t leave our dogs in the car during the summer heat, don’t leave your cat or dog unattended in the car during the cold weather months because cars are like refrigerators and freezers in the winter.  Left unattended for too long in a cold car and your pet could suffer from hypothermia.
Stay warm, furry friends!
MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving away an IAMS pet gift basket (worth $300). This includes a doggy bed and blanker, dog and cat food vouchers, poop bags, a brush, a bottle of Febreeze, a box of Swiffer cloths and more! To enter, please “LIKE” the MMV Facebook Page by clicking here and ALSO leave a comment below with your pet’s name and breed.  A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Giveaway ends Sunday January 27th (11:59pm PST).
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  1. Vanessa Anderson
    January 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    My puppy Kona is a Rotty hound cross and she is the cutest thing in the world!

  2. Cassidy Smith
    January 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    Jake the bull mastif. Rescue dog with a big body and a bigger heart. This dogs best friends are my girlfriends one year old daughter and the family cat.

  3. January 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    I have a cat called “Lucy” and so I would appreciate this gift basket.Thanks for the chance to win it.

  4. January 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    I have a cat called “Lucy” and so I would appreciate this gift basket.Thanks for the chance to win it.

  5. Christina
    January 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Trying to win this for my mom`s dog, Max. He`s a cocker spanial.

  6. heather
    January 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    i don’t participate in facebook i sure hope i can still enter your giveaway we have 2 cats and 2 dogs mix breds thanks

  7. Mitch Estrada
    January 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    My dogs name is jefe(boss in spanish) he is a porkie (half pomerian and half yorkie)Liked and Shared Too

  8. Brittany Langstaff
    January 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    Two shih tzu crosses Belle and Rio

  9. shannon heitt
    January 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm — Reply

    my dogs name is daisy. she is a bichon poodle
    and my cats name is rex. hes a brown tabby

  10. Amy Deco
    January 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    My dogs name is Charlie and she is the whitest golden retriever ever!

  11. Janine Rutledge
    January 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    I have 2 dogs, Ginger and Rusty. Ginger is a 4 year old Miniature Pinscher crossed with a Chihuahua and Rusty is a 4 year old Chihuahua.

  12. Erica Lloyd
    January 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    So excited! My sister just rescued a 1 year old black lab/collie mix named Nikki. My sister is 18 and is going to college, plays sports, and holds down a job. but beyond this she gives Nikki all the love and affection she deserves. As her big sister I want to award her for all her hard work. She is a student and could really use this prize, it would mean the most to her. I love my sister and Nikki too Pick us!

  13. Anna
    January 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    My dog is a rescue from Mexico named Evie. She is very unusual looking – her DNA test says she’s a beagle/boxer/German Shepherd/dachshund/bulldog/poodle mix!

  14. Mary D
    January 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    We have two dogs, a schnauzer/dachshund SPCA find named Casper and a Bichon/Poodle named Hershey. They are the best of pals (sometimes we even think perhaps lovers hehe)!

  15. Sara Klu
    January 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm — Reply

    My spouse and I own 3 dogs and currently have 1 foster dog. 1) Mikko is a Maltese. 2)Primo is an American Bully. 3) Koko is a Bulldog and 4) My foster dog is Star is an American Bully. Thank you for the contest– Sara.

  16. aarone mawdsley
    January 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm — Reply

    Her name is Kaya and she’s an Alaskan malamute

  17. Lisa Lamothe
    January 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    My dogs name is Stanley. He is a Shih tzu X poodle.
    And I know that he would really appreciate winning the prize! 🙂
    He says thanks in advance 😉

  18. John Gorse
    January 16, 2013 at 3:55 am — Reply

    We are animal lovers, thus…

    Timber, a Siberian Husky
    Mila, a Jack Russel Terrier
    Mimi, a Bischon Poodle
    Mitzi, our cat

    We have our hands full and can use that basket!

  19. Ernie Martin
    January 16, 2013 at 4:49 am — Reply

    Lucy is our baby and she is a Bijon/Maltese mix.

  20. Chris Lafrance
    January 16, 2013 at 6:32 am — Reply

    Fred is my cats name

  21. Cynthia T
    January 16, 2013 at 6:34 am — Reply

    My girl is a Rottweiler – her name is Lexxi. Great dog!

  22. Adriana F
    January 16, 2013 at 6:41 am — Reply

    I have 2 dogs. A Boston Terrier/Olde English Bulldog mix named Jaxon and a Rotti named Sasha.

  23. thomas rusinak
    January 16, 2013 at 6:42 am — Reply

    we have a mix rescued from the SPCA called “CASH” cause he makes deposites!

  24. Hope Ryckman
    January 16, 2013 at 6:49 am — Reply

    I agree with all your cold weather tips vanessa! i wish people would learn to NOT leave their pets outside in the cold, they figure because they have ‘fur’ they are warm enough! To me leaving an animal outside is like leaving a 2 yr old out by itself! SO I do hope some pet people will learn from your tips and take good care of their beloved pets! i have 2 dogs ( rescued ) and also 3 cats ( also rescued ) all from the streets abandoned when young…very sad state indeed what mankind can do to these lovely animals! it saddens me but at least I try to do my bit to ‘balance’ the equation as much as i can on my modest pension income…but it feels great to see my little people be warm in my cozy home and eat whenever they want! ;))

  25. Fielsha DeGruchy
    January 16, 2013 at 7:26 am — Reply

    I rescued my dog Zuko <3 Hes a year old German Shepard/ Lab. My house wouldn't be the same without him.

  26. Adele Hunt
    January 16, 2013 at 7:34 am — Reply

    I have two puppies. Link and Buddy. They are both mixed breeds. I think Link is part lab and Buddy looks like a Puggle.

  27. Suzanne Giroux
    January 16, 2013 at 7:45 am — Reply

    I have a Yorkie Cross and his name is Teak.

    January 16, 2013 at 7:51 am — Reply

    My dog Digger is a mixed bree- part scotty, retriever, spaniel.

  29. Holly S
    January 16, 2013 at 8:02 am — Reply

    My pet is a cat, 11 year old Ginger tabby and her name is Ginger.

  30. Cindy P
    January 16, 2013 at 8:04 am — Reply

    Those are all great tips for owners and their pets. Thanks I enjoyed reading them all and always take care of my 2 dogs, 1 border collie 1 rough collie.

  31. patricia
    January 16, 2013 at 8:21 am — Reply

    I have a little shorkie and her name is Laila thanks

  32. iain
    January 16, 2013 at 9:26 am — Reply

    Dixie is our 1yr. old Blackmouth Cur. She climbs trees!

  33. Lynn L ilje
    January 16, 2013 at 9:28 am — Reply

    Great article and great advice. I have a yellow Lab named Roxy and 2 indoor cats known as the “terrorists” Yager and Oliver.

  34. Kim Cottrell
    January 16, 2013 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I have a Goddog named Snoopy who is super sweet. He is a Shitzu/Jack cross and is 6 years old 🙂

  35. Lynne Bayzand
    January 16, 2013 at 10:19 am — Reply

    My grand dog Ira who is a lovely black pug could use some wet weather gear for our wet coast! The basket looks like an amazing assortment of things!

  36. Lisa Gedak
    January 16, 2013 at 10:55 am — Reply

    My large and loveable dog is Marley, a chocolate brown lab/chesapeake mix:)

  37. Cathy
    January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am — Reply

    My two cats (not a particular breed of feline, just regular cats) are great pets and I hope to win this really nice prize. Thank you for offering us the chance to win it.

  38. Christine Dube
    January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    My dogs name is Buddy and he is a shih tzu

  39. Brenda smith
    January 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm — Reply

    We have a rescue dog, a pomer/poo named Sweety…and she definitely suits her name!

  40. maria
    January 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    Jada, a blue healer, Australian Cattle Dog

  41. January 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    I have two furbabies and they are both chihuahuas named Roxy and Bronte yay

  42. Nicole
    January 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm — Reply

    Flint, poodle/bichon mix.

  43. Abigail Fernandes
    January 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    My family has a 7 month old shih-poo named Teddy!

  44. Chantelle Alvey
    January 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    My dog’s name is Coco, she is a shipom. She is a great dog.

  45. Eileen
    January 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm — Reply

    A long haired cat

  46. Anna
    January 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    Gizmo! Hes havanese. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway!

  47. Angie Hall
    January 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    Maya is my Husky and Raven is my lab/collie!!

  48. Sherry F
    January 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    I have two cats, they are strays so don’t think they are pure bred. Xena is a black warrior princess who must have some Siamese and Tiger is fluffy, affectionate & gentle & might be part Maine Coon.

  49. Siobhan Smeets
    January 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    We have two cats, Pebbles and Conan. My husband’s parents also have two dogs, so this basket would be shared and loved by our family!

  50. Natalie
    January 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm — Reply

    Maggie who is an adorable English Springer Spaniel! (OceanScented)

  51. Penny
    January 17, 2013 at 12:42 am — Reply

    I have 2 cats, both black short hair tabbys.

  52. Rebecca Smith
    January 17, 2013 at 3:31 am — Reply

    My dog is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and my cats are a tortiseshell/tabby mix and a shaded silver persian.

    Also planning on getting a German Shepherd sometime soon! 🙂

  53. laurel
    January 17, 2013 at 7:23 am — Reply

    my dog just passed away, but my sisters dog tyke is a shitzu and I look after them while away, I never take him out when its really cold unless he has his coat on if I won I would save this for my new puppy one day or give it to my sister and i know she could use it am tweeting too

  54. Areta
    January 17, 2013 at 7:29 am — Reply

    Abbott is a mutt! She might has some Australian Shepherd in her!

    I tweeted!

  55. Ryan Hogan
    January 17, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I have a red nose pitpull and her name is Lexus.

  56. Emilia T
    January 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm — Reply

    `Cooper`border collie lab x

  57. Christine
    January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm — Reply

    I have two dogs, one is a sweet Tibetan Terrier and her name is Nyima and the second one is Zuke who is a Heinz 57.

  58. Jenn
    January 18, 2013 at 4:52 am — Reply

    I have a Yorkshire Terrier named Meeka.

  59. January 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm — Reply

    I have a cat, he is a mixed breed!

  60. Brandi Legere
    January 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm — Reply

    I have two Tuxedo cats and a Black Lab.

  61. Lisa English
    January 19, 2013 at 7:22 am — Reply

    i have 2 mixed breed cats, buddy and kitty.

  62. Katie Thom
    January 19, 2013 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Rupert (dog): 2 year old Chihuahua-Terrier cross

    Bella (cat): 8 year old Himalayan-Ragamuffin cross

  63. babysquirrel
    January 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm — Reply

    My dog’s name is Marti and he is a lovable Mutt

  64. Courtenay Theresa Alicia Coad
    January 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    I have two cats! One long haired tabby and one short haired Domestic! Thanks so much for this!

  65. Courtenay Theresa Alicia Coad
    January 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    Oh and their names are Lilly and Chootka

  66. kelsey
    January 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    frankie the french bulldog

  67. darci
    January 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm — Reply

    Liked on FB Darci Paice-bailey – pet is a jack russell terrier name is Zani!

  68. January 21, 2013 at 2:44 am — Reply

    I have a dog and a cat ……… they are the best buddies I ever have. The cat is totally attacted to me and will not eat unless I feed him from the spoon, and the dog is my husbands buddy and is his shadow. I have never been happy with having Chi, my cat and Essay my husbands buddy. We love them with all our hearts and everyday is the best with them in it.

  69. Xing
    January 21, 2013 at 7:40 am — Reply

    Max is a yellow lab!

  70. Jill
    January 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    We have a long haired tabby – we can really use those Swiffer cloths !

  71. Jill
    January 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    BTW – his name is Gryphon !

  72. Cindy Smith
    January 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    My dog Remi is a English Staffordshire Bull Terrier!

  73. B Batten
    January 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm — Reply

    Scraps and she is Heinz 57! Smile

  74. January 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm — Reply

    My girl is Abbey and she is a Jack Russel

  75. Carley O'hara
    January 22, 2013 at 9:18 am — Reply

    I have a German Shepherd named Hunter and a Black part Angora cat named Lestat (like the vampire) and yes, we call him Batty for short!

  76. Tanis
    January 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    Awesome! We have 5 cats – a mix of long and short haired!!

  77. melinda walker
    January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    I have a large and very spoiled dog named lucky

  78. Christine Stever
    January 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    I have a cat that is thirteen years old. His name is Boxer and he is a multi coloured tabby

  79. chantel
    January 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm — Reply

    2 cats domestic and 2 dogs yorkie and maltese

  80. Cheryl Grandy
    January 23, 2013 at 11:35 am — Reply

    We have two cats. Nissa is a short-haired grey tabby. Keely is medium-haired black and white.

  81. vanessa Brazeau
    January 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    Jack, annie, cortez, london sparow,

  82. mGibb
    January 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm — Reply

    Our dogs name is T.J. and he is Havanese

  83. January 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    I have two furbabies Bronte and Roxy thx so much good luck all!~

  84. B.F.
    January 24, 2013 at 5:40 am — Reply

    2 cats…one black short haired Par & black long haired Giz

  85. Nancy Langlois
    January 24, 2013 at 9:17 am — Reply

    I have two beautiful Irish setters: Fana and Minky.

  86. Jasmine
    January 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    We have a lab, boarder collie and blue heeler mixed. Her name is Miley 🙂

  87. laurel
    January 26, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply

    I have two cats jake and tiger, simease and orange- No dog as of a few months ago very sad thanks

  88. paul
    January 26, 2013 at 10:33 am — Reply

    Tiger and Jake two cats that think they are dogs-simeaze and Calico

  89. Siobhan Smeets
    January 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    We have two ginger cats, Conan and Pebbles.

  90. Jen
    January 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    Catahoula mixed with lab dog 🙂

  91. cory coleman
    January 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Rogue is her name and she is a German Shepherd

  92. March 14, 2013 at 12:29 am — Reply

    Great winter tips for pets, I have two dogs both are rottweilers. I love them and they are also very special family members.

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