Keeping my dog warm

@maybebaby (1231)
Canada
September 7, 2007 5:35pm CST
I have a Chihuahua and I live in a town where winter can be quite harsh. This will be her first winter and while I'm at work she stays in the basement with my other dog. They don't really cuddle and my other dog is blind so I can't use a plug in heater. Is there any other way I can keep my little dog warm without having a mammoth heating bill?
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
8 Sep 07
I have a chihuahua too and he loves the fleece blankets. I have one on my couch all day and night just for him. They retain heat really well. So my suggestion would be to get her a nice doggy bed and a fleece blanket. Also may I ask, why do you keep them in the basement? I'm sure they want to be upstairs where it is warm and are fimilar with because it's home to them. What about a doggy crate? You could get the puppy a crate to potty train her then you could leave them both upstairs, maybe in the kitchen with a child gate.
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@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
8 Sep 07
Oh, I have a finished basement so it's all carpeted and the family room is downstairs. They're not on concrete or anything. My other dog is blind and the basement is very open so there's less chance of her bumping into something and getting hurt so we had her down there. When we got the puppy they liked to be together and so we didn't want to seperate them during the day. They both have beds and pillows and blankets on one of the couches but the Chihuahua gets cold when the sun goes behind a cloud. Just wanted to see if there are more things out there to keep her comfortable. They are both incedibly spoiled dogs.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
8 Sep 07
Oh I see! Yeah I do understand for my chihuahua Peanut gets cold easily too and that's why I have a number of fleece blankets for him. They're so warm and retain heat very well. Good luck with your fur babies!
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• United States
8 Sep 07
I would make her a spot with a bed, blanket and toys to cuddle up with. Most will hide under the blanket. Get her a sweater from the pet shop, they are fairly inexpencive. That shoud keep her warm enough.
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
8 Sep 07
Thanks for the suggestions, I give them a try. I've also tried to find her little boots for winter because of the snow but I haven't found any small enough yet. They just fall off.
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• United States
8 Sep 07
Try baby booties. They are small and have ties on them. Maybe that would work.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
8 Sep 07
Check pet supply stores online. You can get heaters for pet beds, they look like a regular heating pad without exposed coils or heating elements. You might also consider a pet bed that is raised off the floor to keep her off the cold floor and out of drafts.
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
8 Sep 07
I had no idea they had heaters for pet beds! That is the greatest thing I've ever heard. I've tried hot water bottles but they just don't keep there heat long enough. Thanks so much, I'll be getting one very soon.
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