Does Your Dog Need a Winter Coat?

Dog wearing a coat

There is some debate as to whether dogs really need coats to protect them in cold weather; however there are some types of dogs who really need a coat in unpleasant weather.

Small dogs with little body fat and thin coats normally wear a coat during walks if the outdoor temperature is below 40 degrees. Such dogs include Italian Greyhound, Basenjis, and Chihuahua. Certain breeds don’t need to wear dog coats as often as others because they have short coats of a moderate thickness like that of Greyhounds, Boxers, and Schnauzers.

Aging dogs might also need a bit of extra warmth and comfort in their old age. Fleece lined dog coats will keep them comfortable especially if your old dog is arthritic. Dogs that are not in the peak of health can benefit from therapeutic dog coats.

Not all dog coats are created equal, it is important to choose the right fit for your dog to ensure their comfort and warmth. Below are the things you need to consider when choosing the right coat for your dog:

* Dogs tend to get themselves into a string of unexpected situations; therefore you must choose a dog coat that does not have loose ends as your dog can tangle themselves up.

* In order to get the perfect measurements for the dog coat, measure the distance from

Dog in Raincoat

the base of the dog’s neck to the base of the tail and if you’re in doubt, always go one size further to ensure that you leave a little bit room if you expect your dog to grow.

* It is advisable to choose water-resistant dog coats to keep your dog’s fur dry even on wet days and forwhen they roll around dew covered grass and bushes.

* Aside from its thickness, another thing that you must consider when choosing dog coats is the practical features it possess such as quick adjustment closures, room for your pet to relieve himself without making a mess, and harness leashes.

These are just some of the things you need to consider when choosing a dog coat that will give your dog the protection and comfort that they need. The choices and designs are endless, so make sure to have one in your dog’s closet.

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Rupert Brown regularly contributes articles on savic dog crate and dog crate. To know more visit http://www.muddypaws.co.uk/

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