For many people it might seem counter-intuitive to put a coat or a sweater on a dog when the weather gets chilly. After all, they have a fur coat already, right? Well, NuVet has learned the decision to wear or not to wear a sweater is a bit more involved. Here is what we discovered…
Believe it or not it appears that the size of the dog does matter when it comes to how well they are able to keep themselves warm in the colder months. Smaller breeds, like Toy Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers, are more likely to benefit from the warmth of a sweater or coat. Their petite frame is simply not made to withstand the cold. On the other hand, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds endure the cold much better and typically enjoy a good run through the snow.
Some dogs, usually the ones from the northern parts of the world, handle colder temperatures much easier. St. Bernards, Huskies and Malamutes are breeds well acclimated to frigid temperatures. When we think of dogs frolicking in the snow, it is usually one of these breeds that come to mind. The reason for this is their thick, full coat. Dogs with shorter hair, like the Dachshund or Pug, find it more difficult to fight off the cold. These breeds would probably welcome a cozy sweater during their daily winter walks.
In addition to size and fur type, it is also not a bad idea to consider the physical condition of your dog. If your dog is older, he or she may benefit from wearing a coat or sweater. You do not necessarily have to only put the garment on when Fido goes outside. You can leave it on when the pooch is indoors as well to provide comfort. Dogs in frail health, as well as dogs with joint issues, can also enjoy the warmth a coat or sweater has to offer. Use your best judgment and talk to your vet if you think your dog might benefit from wearing a sweater or coat on a regular basis.
Selecting a Coat Or Sweater
When purchasing a sweater or coat for your pooch, there are few things to consider…
Material – Selecting outerwear (and innerwear) for your dog might not be as easy as picking up a bottle of NuVet Plus. Just like a coat a human might purchase in the store, there are numerous fabrics and materials to pick from when it comes to dog clothing.
Natural fibers like wool and cotton will allow your pup’s skin and fur to breath while keeping them toasty. Fleece is not breathable. However, what fleece lacks in breathability it makes up in warmth. Remember, like humans, dogs can be sensitive to certain materials, like wool. So keep an eye out for any discomfort your dog may be experiencing, in addition to any itching or sneezing.
Size – You spotted an argyle sweater at the pet store that goes perfectly with the brown tones of Sparky’s eyes. Even though it looks perfect, you have to make sure that the garment fits. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to introducing your pup to a coat or sweater. Your pup is probably going to have to get used to it.
If the sweater or coat fits closer, Sparky won’t be able to take it off. Shape is also important. You want to make sure that your pooch is not inhibited in any way by the garment. In other words, your pup should be able to go to the bathroom without the sweater or coat getting in the way. Also, an ill-fitting coat or sweater could rub against parts of your pup making them uncomfortable.
NuVet Labs strives to bring you helpful information regarding your four-legged family members. Regardless of whether or not you decide to dress your pooch, remember it is always a good idea to feed them a healthy vitamin supplement like NuVet Plus. Would you like to know more about the benefits of NuVet dog vitamin supplements? Then check out NuVet Reviews and read what happy pet owners are saying.
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