DOES YOUR DOG NEED A WINTER COAT?


Fur doesn’t mean your pup won’t be FUReezing in the cold!

Happy white dog wearing Outward Hound Telluride 2-in-1 Coat in woods
Outward Hound Telluride 2-in-1 Coat

To some people, this might seem like a silly question. They think “It’s a dog. They’re fine in the cold and rain…” BUT that’s not that case for all winter wonder pups!

According to PetMD, “Dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted. So your dog may, in fact, be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures — as uncomfortable as you would be if you went outside without clothing.” – PetMD

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How do you know if your canine companion needs a coat?

Your dog’s ability to stay warm in the winter doesn’t just depend on having a lot of fur. The breed, size, and even age make a difference in their ability to stay warm.

“Smaller, light-bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog coat for when they need to go outside,” – PetMD

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Additionally, older dogs and puppies have weaker immune systems and can benefit from an extra layer of protection. Protective clothing can also make the winters more comfortable for dogs with arthritis or joint issues.

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“What these dogs have in common is that they have a more difficult time generating and retaining enough body heat on their own. For these dogs, a little help keeping dry and warm is always a good thing.”  – Vetstreet

JRT dog walks through chest deep snow
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Finally, some pup parents also put coats on their dogs before walking in the rain or snow since it saves them the hassle of cleaning and drying a soggy doggy after coming inside.

Yellow lab shakes off tons of water into the air
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Need a coat for your powder hound?

Outward Hound offers three styles of coats to keep your pup from FUReezing this fall and winter!

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DOES YOUR DOG NEED A WINTER COAT?