I admit, before I owned a dog, I came down firmly on the no clothes side. I even wondered if it was some form of abuse. If you haven't noticed, my opinion has softened somewhat.
Now's as good a time as any to have this discussion -- because baby, it's cold outside!
Yes, even here in Florida.
Lows have been in the 40s and 50s every night. They may even get down to the 30s this week. Yeah, I know boohoo, right?
Well, I'm fine, thanks. It's the dogs you might want to be worried about.
|They're willing to snuggle, it's so cold!|
If you have a dog who has short hair, a lean body type, is small or has a health issue, you should really consider getting a coat or a sweater.
What should you look for:
- If you live in a snowy area, you may want to consider a water-resistant coat.
- You want something that covers the chest. The chest and abdominal area is your dog's core, just like it is on you. If you keep that area warm the heart can better pump blood to other areas of the body and help regulate temperature. There area also has the least amount of fur.
(Often in stores you see a coat that covers the back with a piece of fabric that goes across the middle. That's not as helpful when it comes to the cold)
- Something that fits snug around the chest and waist, but not too tight. It should also give a little cover to the neck and down to the tail.
- Be roomy around the arm pits so the dog has plenty of movement.
Now, sure I could buy a fancy coat for Jasmine, but since I'm learning to use my sewing machine, I've got it into my head to make one.
And one for Lulu too while we're at it.
So we'll be tracking that project over the next few weeks. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
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