Why your dog needs a coat
Dog coats aren’t just adorable fashion statements for your pooch. These coats are necessary for most dog breeds, especially in extreme cold weather conditions.
Unlike humans, dogs have fur to help keep them warm during the cold season, but it’s not enough for prolonged exposure—especially when the temperature drops below 35°F. If your pup is exposed to these conditions for an extended period of time, it could mean serious risks to their health. If temperatures descend beyond 0°F, it can be potentially life-threatening.
Humans and dogs alike should avoid exposure to these weather conditions when possible, but if you’re going to be outdoors with your dog, you must do all that it takes to keep your dog warm.
Here are 4 reasons your dog needs a coat:
Your Dog’s Breed & Size
Just like humans, different dogs have varying levels of tolerance to the cold, but the bottom line is—they still get cold. The length and type of your dog’s fur and their tolerance to the cold is determined by their breed.
Large dogs with long and thick hair like Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Bernese Mountain Dogs rarely need the extra warmth that a dog coat provides. Mother nature has equipped them with warm insulating fur and a built-in outer coat. However, smaller short-haired dog breeds a relatively thin undercoat would certainly benefit from the extra warmth a dog coat provides. Some examples of these breeds of dog include Chihuahas, French Bulldogs, and Miniature Pinschers (Min Pins).
Much of the body heat these small and slender dog breeds generate escapes through their shorthaired coats. Finding them a suitable dog coat is a great way to add some much-needed insulation and reflect that valuable body heat during the cold seasons.
Extreme Weather Conditions
Dogs can handle most typical weather conditions, including cold. However, just like humans, your dog needs something extra when the extreme cold kicks it at the peak of wintertime. So, as the cold months approach, it’s best to be prepared by stocking up on some warm clothing for your beloved pet.
If you’re in the middle of a winter storm, or if temperatures have dropped below zero, the best thing to do is to leave your dog at home. Leaving your pet in the car—even for a few minutes in the extreme cold can be harmful to your dog. Within a few minutes, your car becomes a refrigerator with your dog trapped inside.
Motivation For Exercise
Exercise is the second reason coats for dogs exist. The added warmth of a coat could help encourage your dog to go out for some much-needed exercise or even to answer the call of nature.
Dogs get cabin fever too, and they hate stepping outside in the cold just as much as we do, which compromises their time for exercise. Keeping them warm with a coat helps them conquer the chilly weather and motivates them to do whatever business they need to do outside.
Indoor dogs exercise less and sleep and eat more, meaning they’re burning fewer calories. Keep them healthy through the winter by closely watching food and snack intake and keeping them well-hydrated.
Your Dog’s Age
As your dog gets older, their ability to handle cold weather decreases. Always remember that dogs can’t tell you when they’re cold and they’re completely dependent on you for nearly everything they need.
So, it is your responsibility to be proactive as an owner and provide them with the resources they need. A warm coat for your senior dog can help trap in valuable body heat and improve circulation, soothing achy joints and improving their overall mood.
Coats Are Not Enough!
Winter season brings with it the risk of blizzards, freezing rain, sleet, and dangerous winds. So, ensure that you and your dog are prepared to keep warm during extreme weather conditions.
Yes, coats for dogs are a great preventative measure, but they may not always be enough. See this Sweater Season post for some extra winter gear for dogs.
Be an informed dog owner. If you’re cold, your dog is likely cold as well. Don’t put your dog in situations where their health and wellbeing is at risk. Keep them indoors in extreme cold and avoid going out on icy roads or venturing out in winter storms.
With the cooler weather upon us, here are a few tips to keep your babies warm and cozy.
A coat or sweater can keep your dog warm while you’re out and about, but make sure they’re well taken care of at night.
Keeping your dog off the cold floor is essential for a good night’s sleep. If your dog could use a warmer bed or blanket, check out these comfy, cozy beds.
Easy Home-Made Remedies for Dogs
Is your dog having problems with digestion? Does your dog often have joint health issues? How about hot spots or fleas? Check out these 3 natural remedies for dogs that you might have at home.