How Can I Keep My Chihuahua Warm in the Winter?

I just moved to Minnesota from Florida with my two pound Chihuahua and I’m worried on how to keep her warm during the winter. It’s only in the 40s now and she is already shivering. I brought her a winter coat and booties but she wants nothing to do with the booties. Any tips? Thanks!

I was going to answer this but I live in Texas. I do plan to get mine a sweater. We have damp winters which feel worse than those with dry cold. Found that out in Germany.One thing if you walk her where they use salt on the ice the booties might not be a bad idea. If you see my ex would you smack him in the face with a nice hard packed snowball?

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  • *~ATL Braves Baby Girl~*

    Just get her a warm sweater. Dogs don’t need booties.
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  • Kathy E

    Continue wearing T-shirts or sweaters on your Chihuahua. My girlfriend has some kind of shirt on her Chihuahua..in the house most of the time. Booties…give it up. Booties will help in the snow. But most dogs do not like them.

    I recommend putting a heated hot water bottle underneath your dog’s bedding/blanket/pillow etc.

    Just do not leave the dog unattended.

    He/She will thank you.
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  • Celia

    Get her a sweater and keep the heat on.
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  • Vicky

    Inside the house, try to keep their bed in a warm area, or heat up some sheets in the dryer and let them lay on it. And outdoors, if they won’t wear their booties, just cary them until you get them to get used to them. It’s very important to protect their feet because that’s where their sweat glands are, an I’m sure you don’t want to damage them. And if they like being on you lap, let them stay there when your all snug and warm.
    Also, you can go to pedigree.com or google for tips. But pedigree.com is advice from vets, so you might want to check their first.
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  • TheKnightsPrincess

    most dogs hate booties beyond belief. otherwise, this is indeed where those cheesy, cutesy sweaters and shirts you see on purse dogs actually come to good use :) just make sure you take it off as soon as it starts to get warm. If you decide to put one on the dog overnight, (which isn’t recommended), make sure you use a super thin fabric, not a big poofy coat-like thing.
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  • Sarah

    Provide warm blankets for when she is inside. When she is outside put a sweater on her (it shouldn’t be too tight… slightly baggy). There are little booties that look like rubber balloons. They just stretch over your dog’s paws. They won’t keep her feet super warm, but it keeps the snow from clumping in the paw pads. (So only wear this type of bootie in the snow)

    http://www.petco.com/product/110625/PAWZ-Dog-Boots.aspx?cm_mmc=CSEMGooglebase-_-Dog-_-PAWZ-_-1260375&mr:trackingCode=294A47F2-A8B0-DE11-93DB-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA
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  • Debbie Jones

    I was going to answer this but I live in Texas. I do plan to get mine a sweater. We have damp winters which feel worse than those with dry cold. Found that out in Germany.One thing if you walk her where they use salt on the ice the booties might not be a bad idea. If you see my ex would you smack him in the face with a nice hard packed snowball?
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