Coats for dogs.

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Coats for dogs.

Postby MWB » 03 Aug 2011, 19:17

Is it really necessary for dogs to wear coats? I know a lot of owners put them on their dogs for aesthetics - chihuahuas, etc, but do they really need them?
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Re: Coats for dogs.

Postby vettechie » 06 Aug 2011, 18:03

Dogs needing coats are dependant on a lot of things.

1. If your dog is a sighthound (like my whippets or a greyhound), they need a coat. They have no body fat and chill very quickly. rule of thumb with this breed group is: If you need a sweatshirt- they do, if you need a winter coat, they do too.

2. You have a "teacup" variety toy breed (example: under 5# chihuahua or yorkie)- they need a coat, they cannot regulate thier body temp due to the size of thier bodies, these are generally not healthy dogs

3. Anything hairless....no explanation needed (this includes hairless cats in the winter)

4. very elderly dogs need coats unless they are an artic breed or have a thick coat (collie ect)

5. Any dog without an under coat need coats in very cold weather (under 25 degrees F) these would include pointers dobermans, min pins, dalmations, pits, ect :)
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Re: Coats for dogs.

Postby MWB » 06 Aug 2011, 20:23

Ah, thanks, Vettechie! :grin:
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Re: Coats for dogs.

Postby pilvikki » 08 Aug 2011, 00:02


thanks! :love:
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