What to Do: Therefore, part of winterizing a Yorkie will be to choose functional clothing. Thick sweaters will cover the shoulders, back, flank and chest and do a good job holding in body heat. Coats and parkas are best for those who live in areas with below freezing temperatures and harsh winter winds.
Dogs lose a good portion of heat through their paws and ears. Therefore, a hat will protect the ears and boots will insulate the paws.
2) Outside Surfaces- The 2 main factors to consider when taking your Yorkie outside will be the cold surface of the ground and ice melt. It is interesting to note that on clear weather nights in the winter, the cold airs sinks toward ground level. Temperature at the surface level that your Yorkie walks on can be much lower than the temperature on a few feet above where you are going to access how cold it is.
For this reason, it will be important to protect your Yorkie's paws from what might be extremely freezing ground surfaces. Remember that this is even more of a problem when there is no snow.
In addition, most of you are aware that ice melt chemicals are very dangerous to paws. They can cause chemical burns. While you can be careful regarding this around your own home, you have no control over what is spread on the roads. In addition, the tires of other cars
will be depositing this all over roads, so even if your neighborhood does not have ice melt applied, other vehicles will be tracking it in.
** It should also be noted that the most dangerous time for paws to be exposed to this chemical in when snow banks are melting. High levels of ice melts will be in the piles that plows push to the sides of the streets. When that begins to melt, it will form puddles of highly toxic water. Not only is it harmful for a Yorkie to walk through it, lapping at the water
can be toxic and cause poisoning.
What to Do: With all of this in mind, winterizing a Yorkie should involve snow shoes or boots to protect against both freezing surfaces and chemicals. Boots for Yorkies will also give a dog much better traction on slippery, icy areas.
The best shoes and boots for a Yorkshire Terrier will fit on the paw without rotating. You will also want the boot to hug the ankle joint firmly, but without constricting blood flow. A rear Velcro strap will help with both of these elements. The shoes will need to be comfortable as well as sturdy so that the puppy or dog will have a much better tolerance for them.
It can help to have your dog practice wearing them inside the home a few times before heading outside. Be sure to act happy and give lots of praise as he walks around and becomes accustomed to them. Seeing you act excited and enthusiastic is often all a Yorkie needs to want to show off his foot protection.
If for some reason, you do not place booties on your dog when going outside in the winter, please wash off the paws as soon as you enter the house to remove any possible residue. Do keep in mind, rinsing the paws will do nothing to shield them from possible damage when outdoors.