Many dog owners wonder if their furry friends need to wear coats as the weather turns colder. While each case is unique, the simple answer is that a coat or sweater can benefit your dog without causing harm. However, it’s essential to consider whether the coat truly helps your dog compared to the effort required to dress them. We all want to take our dogs outside more often, but putting on a coat can sometimes feel like an extra task. So, which dogs need a coat?
In general, three types of dogs would benefit from wearing a coat:
- Small dogs: Smaller breeds tend to have a harder time retaining body heat due to their size and lower muscle mass.
- Large dogs with thin body types (such as Greyhounds or Whippets): These dogs often have lean physiques and lack the insulation provided by a thick fur coat.
- Dogs that are ill, old, or arthritic, regardless of size: These dogs may have weakened immune systems, decreased mobility, or difficulty regulating body temperature, making a coat beneficial for keeping them warm and comfortable during the colder seasons.
If your dog falls into one of these categories, keeping them dry and warm throughout the fall is advisable. They might even enjoy wearing a sweater indoors to provide additional warmth.
Remember, putting a coat on your dog will not harm them. So, when in doubt, it’s better to bundle them up. Your dog will likely appreciate the extra layer of warmth.
Source: Adapted from Outstanding pet.