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Which Dogs Need to Wear Coats or Sweaters This Winter?


December 22, 2015

Many dogs, especially those with size and health limitations, benefit greatly from added warmth of apparel like coats or sweaters during the winter.

Because these dogs have more difficulty generating body heat, clothing can be essential to keeping the cold at bay. If your dog meets any of the following descriptions, consider bundling them up before sending them outside:

Small and short-legged dogs: Low-to-the-ground breeds like corgis and basset hounds are likely to lose heat faster than other dogs. Their short legs can place them closer to snow.

Dogs with arthritis: Arthritic dogs are more comfortable in winter when they are placed in warm coats and sweaters. They can also benefit from heated orthopedic beds.

Dogs with short, fine or thin coats: Canines with short coats need extra protection from the elements. Sweaters and jackets are especially useful for short-coated dogs with thin bodies, like greyhounds and whippets.

Slower-moving dogs: Some dogs are leisurely walkers, leaving them more vulnerable to the cold. They are not consistently active while they are outside and generate less body heat.

Dogs with other health conditions: Cushing’s disease, diabetes, and heart or kidney disease can make regulating body temperature difficult for some dogs. A bit of bundling improves their ability to stay warm.

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