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Should we put Sweaters, Coats, and Boots on our Pets in Cold Weather?

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Think of it this way…does your pet have a heavy or light hair coat? Some pets are just not genetically suited for some environments; they have been transplanted there. Larger dogs with a dense hair coat, such as the Siberian Husky, Malamute and Saint Bernard breeds, are suited to the cold temperatures. Short haired breeds, such as the Chihuahua, Greyhound, many terriers and pinschers would do well with an extra outer insulation.

Additionally, your puppies, older and disabled pets may have a more difficult time regulating their body temperature.

Do you keep your heating system turned down low and rely on your sweaters and blankets to keep warm? If your pet is all curled up, he is probably trying to conserve heat to keep warm. Your short haired, older and disabled pets may also like a sweater to help keep them warm and comfortable.

So now if you’ve decided why not put a sweater or a coat on your pet because you want them to be warm and comfortable too, let’s decide how to best fit it. You want a piece that doesn’t drag on the ground or get caught on anything; you want it snug without being tight; and something your pet cannot easily pull off. There should be freedom of movement around the neck and armpit area but not too much excess fabric.

Also, make sure to have a few on hand so that you can change them out as they become wet. A wet coat or sweater can actually make your pet even colder.

There are also booties available to help protect your pets’ paw/pads. Most are made with a sock like boot with a Velcro strap to help keep them in place. The strap should be snug enough that it doesn’t slip off but not so tight that it constricts the paw. You want to measure the sole of the pet‘s foot in length and width for a good fit.

With some pets, it may be best to acclimate them to their new clothes and booties. Gradually increase the length of time they are on them and praise them as they get used to them.

So go ahead and give them a try. After all, it’s all about the furbabies!

You might want to look at 3M Thinsulate Ultra Comfort Pet Dog Boots. They are a unique item for year-round comfort. Fully covered with fur and suede. Dogs can now travel with real fashion in these comfortable shoes. These shoes feature a Thinsulate inner lining.

And try out one of the sweaters and/or coats, such as the Pet Life Argyle Knitted Dog Sweater which features a Knitted Fashion Argyle Pattern and a Comfortable Ribbed Dog Collar. This Trendy Dog Sweater Features a Leash-Slit Holder Above the Neck area and Features a Belly Velcro for easy On and Off Access. This Pet Sweater is Available in Multiple Sizes and Color Variations.

 

Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog or cat.



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