Does your dog need a coat?

Why do dog owners buy coats for their dogs?

Most times, the decision to get a coat for dogs is based on emotions and not like the dog really needs the coat. Some dog owners feel walking dogs in frigid temperatures can be emotionally distressing based on concerns for their dog.

Are there certain kinds of dogs that may need coats?

Large dogs with long or thick hair do not need to wear coats. In fact, their weight can reduce the natural insulating properties of their furs. The ones with dark fur also absorb more heat from the sun than those with light fur.

At what temperature is a coat needed for your dog?

As a general rule of thumb, larger dogs having thick, dense coats do not need coats as they are well protected from the cold. The northern breeds are good examples, including Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and others. These breeds have fur coats that are designed genetically to keep them warm.

  • Your dog shivers after a few minutes spent outside.
  • Your dog becomes restless, whines, or is otherwise agitated when you take them outside.
  • Your dog picks up their feet constantly or lick their paws excessively.
  • Seasonal affective disorders such as reduced energy or loss in appetite.

More on choosing the right coat for dogs

It is always advisable to seek your veterinarian’s advice when deciding on whether to get a coat for your pooch or not. If your vet decides that your dog needs a coat, it doesn’t mean you can just pick up any coat you see in any store.

  • Sneezing
  • Repeated itching
  • Hives
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Swelling of the lips, ears, earflaps, eyelids, and face generally
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Conclusion

To be honest, dogs actually do not need coats, and we made it clear at the beginning of this article. However, short-haired dogs, short-legged dogs, seniors, heat-loving dogs, as well as dogs with a medical condition may need one.

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