Dog Clothes for Winter
by: Grant Carroll
The signs are all there. The trees are almost bare, the air is cold and crisp and you dog’s coat is getting thick. Winter is coming and while shopping for your sweaters, coats and winter accessories, it’s easy to forget about Fido. There is much debate about whether dogs need clothes, but if you own a little baby like a Chihuahua, Yorkie, or Miniature Poodle, you know how hard winter conditions can be on their little bodies. Larger dogs can also benefit from extra bundling and extra care.
Toy dogs in particular have a higher metabolism and dissipate body heat faster than larger dogs. A quality sweater is a necessity and will help hold in heat for mild weather. A thick coat is needed in colder climates and sometimes both layers are needed to keep your little one warm. Most large dogs can benefit from a light sweater or jacket as well.When choosing a jacket or sweater it is important to keep the dogs comfort in mind. There are many different varieties and styles to choose from so picking the right clothes should be easy and fun.
During the cold months, it is important to pay special attention to your furry friend’s paws. Winter conditions can cause blisters, infections and sore and cracked pads. Rock salt and chemical de-icers can make these injuries worse and overwhelming. The easiest thing to do is cover your little one’s feet with boots when going on walks. Boots can be worn by any size dog. It is important that you get you dog use o walking in boots before the snow hits. Reward them with treats and make the experience of wearing boots a pleasant one. Encouraging them to walk and play in their boots a once a day a few times before you go outside, will make the first time stress-free.
There are many different styles of boots available that work well. Fashion is fun, but what ever you choose it is important that it is functional and protects. If you elect not to choose boots for your pet, it is important to keep his paws well groomed. Rock salt and chemical de-icers can be lethal so always wash your pet’s feet after walking. You can also purchase an organic wax-based cream to help protect paws.
There are many fashionable sweaters and coats to choose from the will show off you pets flare and personality. Have fun when choosing clothes and accessories but remember, first and foremost, to protect your pampered pet this winter.
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