Winter is now firmly in full swing, and you will probably be tempted to make your dog wear a coat. This is a popular trend for many reasons. First of all, we don’t want our dogs to feel cold, nor do we want them to get sick. Moreover, dogs look absolutely adorable in coats, so it is perfectly understandable that you would want to put one on your pet. However, your pet is not a toy, it is an animal that depends on you and is in many ways a part of your family. Hence, you should learn about the facts and myths about coats on dogs. Listed below are several myths around the matter that should help you better understand whether or not you should put a coat on your dog this winter.
#1 All Dogs Need Coats to Stay Warm
While it is true that there are some skinny dogs out there whose furs are too thin to make them feel truly warm during cold months, certain dogs have thick shaggy coats of fur, and don’t need external coats. They can modulate their body temperatures on their own.
#2 Dogs Get Used to Coats
While dogs may look cute in coats, the fact of the matter is that many might feel uncomfortable having a foreign object on their body. Unlike humans, dogs are simply not used to clothing. If your pet seems distressed by the coat, don’t force it to wear it.
#3 Big Dogs Don’t Need Coats
If you ask someone what dogs don’t need external coats, most people would say that bigger dogs are less likely to need them. However, some big dogs might just need coats. Greyhounds don’t have thick fur, so coats can help them stay warm.
#4 Sweaters Are Best For Dogs
Sweaters are popular clothes for dogs, but often waterproof coats are going to work a lot better. Cold seeps in through moisture a lot more than it does through the air, so keep your dog safe from cold dampness is more important.
#5 The Coats Need to Be Fitted
This seems logical. After all, the snugger a coat is, the more body heat it will trap. However, fitted coats can sometimes be too restrictive for dogs. Loose, warm clothing can do the job just as well without making your pup feel trapped.
#6 Dog’s Feet Don’t Need Protection
Coats are useful and cute, but you need to make sure that you protect your dog’s feet as well. The pads are quite sensitive, and with roads covered with salt ice and anti freeze protecting your dog’s feet might just be more important than covering up its body.
#7 Heavy Coats Work Best
Heavier coats won’t necessarily be warmer. Your dog might feel warm and comfy with a light shirt. Try to find out your dog’s individual preferences, this will help you ensure that it feels as comfortable as possible during the cold winter months.