Every dog is special, unique and differently adapt to climate change. Some come with natural winter coats and fur around the pads of their paws, but others have very fine, short hair. If you are wondering if you should get a sweater for your dog, consider the following:
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Short Hair?: Short haired dogs and hairless breeds, especially if they are small, will benefit from a sweater, especially if you are going outside. Sometimes even hanging around the house, a thin sweater could make a significant difference in your dog’s general mood.
Size: Small dogs and light bodied breeds will always struggle more than big dogs to generate and retain enough body heat. For these kind of dogs, a little protection to keep them warm will always be a good idea.
Age and General Health: Old dogs and puppies have weaker immune systems, the same with dogs with illnesses, they should wear a jacket or sweater during the colder months to protect them from getting hypothermia or catching a cold.
Behavior: Lastly but not least, you are the best to know if your dog is cold. Keep an eye on his behavior, if he is shivering or reluctant to go outside, he might be cold. Also, dogs like humans, can feel down during winter, and having less sunny days doesn’t help. Anything that can help him to go outside to get some fresh air is great, and a small sweater could be the solution.
Mad Paws Pty Ltd