It’s Freezing - Does my Dog Need a Sweater?

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It's getting cold, so many dog owners are asking: "Does my dog need a sweater?"

Some dog owners absolutely refuse to dress their dog; however, this may be necessary in harsh weather conditions. If you are concerned with your dog being warm, there is no harm in putting a sweater on your dog.

Does Breed Matter?

Some dog breeds are perfectly fine in cold weather; however, other dog breeds do not have many layers and can develop hypothermia fairly easily. The level of warmth your dog is able to maintain depends on several factors:

  • Coat
  • Dog breed
  • Size
  • Age

Small breeds, like the toy breeds, have short, thin coats and will often need a sweater to keep warm. Poodles, due to their hair being kept short to prevent matting, may also benefit from a doggy jacket or sweater.

Dogs with weakened immune system are also at risk. These dogs include those with Cushing’s Disease or Hypothyroidism.

Larger dogs with dense fur coats often do not need any type of sweater or jacket and may become uncomfortable if forced to wear one. Their fur is genetically designed to maintain warmth in cold conditions. These breeds include the Siberian Husky, Malamute and Saint Bernard.

What Kind of Coat Works Best?

If you decide to purchase a sweater for your dog, you need to consider the material of the sweater or jacket. Wool is very warm and would insulate well; however, it is a difficult material to wash and may result in your dog itching. Cotton or acrylic clothing is often the best, most efficient choice.

You should also take your dog’s measurements prior to buying clothing to ensure the best fit possible. You want to make sure your dog is comfortable in the clothing he is wearing. Normal movement should not be restricted, as you want the sweater or jacket to be snug but comfortable. If your dog needs a leash while wearing the jacket, you should also ensure there is an area where the leash is able to be attached.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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