Now that the weather has turned colder, most people are bundling up in warm coats. But what about your four-legged companion? Do they need a coat, too? If so, how can you know you've found the right coat to promote pet health and keep them warm and toasty on their wintertime walks? The primer below will answer these questions and help you choose the right gear.
A Guide to Winter Clothing for Your Dog
How to Know Your Dog Needs a Coat
Coats aren’t always necessary to protect pet health. Larger dog breeds with thicker coats have a natural defense against the cold. Huskies and Alaskan malamutes, for instance, thrive in cold weather and generally have no need of a coat. If you have a smaller breed of dog, a dog with a short or fine coat, or a dog with pet health issues or a compromised immune system, invest in a winter coat. The age of your dog also plays a role. Both senior dogs and puppies feel the cold more acutely. If your elder dog or young pup shivers or seems uncomfortable on their walks, it may be time to buy them a coat. If you’re unsure whether your furry friend needs additional layers, consult your veterinarian.
How to Choose a Coat
There are a wide variety of materials and styles available. Wool is a nice, warm fabric, but it could be itchy or uncomfortable, especially for a dog with a thin coat or with sensitive skin. Wool also isn’t waterproof, so if you live in an area where rain is more common than snow, consider a water-resistant fabric that still offers warmth, such as a fleece-lined polyester jacket. Prioritize pet health by choosing a coat that’s functional. Opt for the coat or sweater that best safeguards your dog, not the one that looks the cutest.
The right dog coat will ensure your pet stays warm this winter and all year through. For advice about cold weather gear, pet health issues, or preventative care, trust the veterinarians at Clark Animal Care Center in Penfield, NY. This animal hospital offers all manner of pet care, including exams, wellness visits, and cat and dog vaccinations to furry friends in Monroe County. Schedule an appointment today by calling (585) 377-1160 or by visiting them online. Check out their Facebook for more pet health tips.