Help! My dog’s freezing and needs a new coat!
Winter’s right around the corner! Have you started prepping yet? I hope your pet’s regrown its coat from that summer trim! Sometimes, your pet’s coat just isn’t warm enough for the winter. And with Global Warming and Climate Change, the weather can be unpredictable! Don’t worry, this blog’s gonna be all about choosing the right coat for your dog! So let’s dive right in and slap winter in its face!
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Seriously, what’s a dog coat?
A dog coat is a garment designed to protect your furry friend from the elements. They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials to suit the needs of different breeds and climates.
When shopping for a dog coat, there are certain things you must consider, and we’ll get into those in a bit. But a few general tips are to ensure the coat fits your dog snugly and cooperates with the weather.
Some dog coats are made from lightweight, breathable materials that are ideal for mild weather. There are also insulated and waterproof coats, making them suitable for colder and wetter conditions. Some coats even have reflective strips or LED lights for increased visibility during nighttime walks.
Okay, how do I choose a coat for my dog?
Glad you asked! You can’t just walk into Pets R Us, do a little looking around and choose the first coat you find! Your dog’s simply gonna look at you like this! (below)
Yeah… it’s not the smart thing to do. The coat could be too small, as in it being too small to fit over your dog’s head. Or, you could’ve accidentally bought a coat that’s fit for a Great Dane and you kinda forgot you’ve got a Yorkie… Well, I have a couple tips to help you know how to choose your dog coat, so you can avoid that hassle.
You definitely want to get this aspect right. Or else you’ll find yourself buying a thin coat when it’s 5 degrees outside. So check the weather forecast and understand the climate you’ll be in. If you’re in a tropical zone, a lightweight coat’s all your dog’s ever gonna need.
But, if you live in an area where the temperature can drop into the negatives, you might want to get much more than a light coat. You’ll need one of those thick, heavy leather jackets you see your dad wearing to go hunting. (Y’know, during frontier times…) Just kidding! You’ll need to be picky with the thickness and insulation; but once you’ve got a reasonably thick coat, you’re good to go!
It’s also important to choose a coat that is specially fitted and made for the dog. What I mean is that the coat should be like it was made on your dog. Like the actual coat. Consider their breed, size, and any health conditions they may have. For example, a smaller dog may need a coat with extra insulation to keep them warm in colder weather, while a larger dog may need a coat with a wider girth to fit comfortably.
Our furry pals literally deserve the perfect coat, snug like a hug but not too tight. Like I said before, it should be as if it was made on the dog. A coat covering their back, chest, and belly means no chilly shivers. Don’t forget to make sure the neck and leg openings are comfy and not too clingy or loosey-goosey.
But wait, there’s more! You need to pick the right coat for your pooch’s lifestyle. If you know your dog’s the athletic type and loves to zoom about, a lightweight coat would be pawfect for them. And choose the RIGHT SIZE. (stressing on the right)
Let’s not forget that pooches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, just like us humans. Some pups may have a barrel chest or a longer frame, so it’s key to measure your furry friend accurately to guarantee a snug fit. Clothing that’s too tight can squash their movements and make them feel uneasy, while clothing that’s too loose can slip \off or snag on obstacles.
When taking your furry pal’s measurements, make sure they’re standing tall for an accurate reading. If your pup is a bundle of energy, call in backup to help hold them steady. Don’t forget to regularly size them up especially if they’re still sprouting to make sure they’re rocking the right fit.
Fitting your four-legged pal in the right duds is paw-sitively crucial! First up, measure their chest by wrapping tape around the widest part of their torso, right behind their front legs. For the neck measurement, loop it around the base of their neck where their collar usually sits. Lastly, measure from the neck base all the way to the tail base to nail the back measurement. Keep in mind that different brands might have their own unique sizes, so always check the size chart provided by the manufacturer. And just like that, your furry buddy will be rocking the perfect ensemble!
Ready, set, dress up your furry BFF! Once you have their size, the fashion world is your oyster! Think snuggly sweaters, rain-proof jackets, and more in a variety of sizes to fit dogs both big and small. Before clicking “add to cart,” double-check the manufacturer’s size chart and pick a style and material that’s perfect for your pup’s personality and needs. With the right threads, your furry pal will be the talk of the town and the comfiest canine around!
If you’ve read everything above, you’ve got the basics of buying a pet coat. But if you still have a few doubts, take a look below, and you’ll find some extra guidelines to help you.
- Style: There are many different styles of dog coats to choose from, such as parkas, puffer jackets, and raincoats. Consider the climate you live in and your dog’s lifestyle to determine which style will be the most practical and comfortable for them.
- Features: Some dog coats come with extra features, such as reflective strips for visibility during nighttime walks, adjustable straps for a better fit, and even built-in harnesses. Think about what features would be most useful for you and your dog.
- Price: Finally, consider your budget. You don’t have to break the bank to get a good dog coat, but remember that a higher price tag often means higher quality materials and construction.
But now the coat’s soiled!
How to deal with a soiled coat, you may ask?
THROW IT INTO THE WASHING MASHINE ON SUPER WASH!!
There are some specific guidelines for washing different types of dog coats. However, before I get any further, I need to make something clear. It’s best to go by the washing instructions on the product more than relying entirely on what you’re about to see. The instructions on the packaging and tags may be slightly different, but these general guidelines should cover most of it. Still, think ahead and read before you wash.
Firstly, let’s talk about waterproof coats. These coats are perfect for keeping your dog dry and comfortable in wet weather. However, they can get dirty easily, especially if your pet loves to roll in the mud or dirt, or is just the outdoor type. To clean a waterproof coat, start by wiping off any excess dirt with a damp cloth. Then, use a mild detergent and warm water to gently scrub the coat. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and hang it up to dry.
Cozy Jumpers/Quilted Jackets
Cozy jumpers and quilted jackets are great for keeping your pet warm and snug during the colder months. To clean these types of coats, start by shaking off any loose dirt or debris. Then, use a lint roller or brush to remove any remaining dirt or pet hair. If the coat is really dirty, you can wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent.
Fleece jumpers are soft and comfortable, but they can attract a lot of pet hair and dirt. To clean a fleece jumper, start by shaking off any loose dirt or debris. Then, use a lint roller or brush to remove any remaining pet hair. If the jumper is soiled badly, you can wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Avoid using fabric softeners as they can damage the fleece.
What about fashion coats? These coats come in a variety of styles and materials, so it’s important to check the care instructions on the label before cleaning. In general, most fashion coats can be wiped down with a damp cloth or dry cleaned. Avoid washing them in the washing machine as this can damage the material.
Okay, I’m all set for the road, right?
Well, not entirely. You could just take it from here, but if you really want to make sure you’ve got this in the bag, there are a few more things you should know.
Does every dog need a coat?
It depends entirely on the dog itself. Everything about the dog. Dog, dog, and more dog. Not all dogs need a coat or sweater to keep them warm when venturing outside, but there are certain situations where a coat is beneficial:
- Short-Haired Breeds: Dogs with short hair, like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs, benefit from additional warmth in cold weather.
- Senior Dogs: Older dogs may have decreased heat regulation, making them uncomfortable in the cold. They could benefit from wearing a coat or sweater in colder weather.
- Small Breeds: Smaller dogs, such as Yorkies and Pomeranians, have a higher surface area to body weight ratio, which means they can lose heat more quickly than larger dogs. A coat or sweater can help them stay warm.
- Sick or Injured Dogs: Dogs who are recovering from an illness or injury may have a weakened immune system and therefore have more difficulty keeping warm. A coat or sweater can help them stay comfortable while they recover.
- Rainy Weather: Even if it’s not particularly cold outside, some dogs may benefit from a waterproof coat during rainy weather. This can help keep them dry and prevent them from getting chilled or sick.
- Fashion: Some dog owners simply enjoy dressing up their furry friends in cute coats or sweaters as a fashion statement. As long as the coat is comfortable and doesn’t restrict the dog’s movement, there’s no harm in this.
- Puppies: Young pups are more susceptible to temperature changes and may need extra protection.
You’re sending me shopping and I don’t know any reliable brands…
I was just about to get to that! This blog would be incomplete without this. So don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! These definitely aren’t all the brands, but these are just some I’d seriously recommend.
First on the list is Ruffwear. This brand is known for producing high-quality outdoor gear for pets. Their jackets are designed with durability in mind, making them perfect for adventurous dogs. The coats are made with soft, warm, and breathable fabrics, ensuring that your pet stays comfortable while exploring the outdoors.
Next is Hurtta. Hurtta has been in the pet clothing industry for over 20 years, and its products are designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Hurtta coats are made with a waterproof and breathable Houndtex material, which ensures that your pet stays dry and comfortable even in the rainiest of days.
Another great pet coat brand is Canada Pooch. This brand offers a wide range of coats, from parkas to raincoats, each designed with style and functionality in mind. Canada Pooch coats are made with water-resistant fabric, ensuring that your pet stays dry and comfortable during walks in the rain.
Last but not least is KONG. KONG is known for producing durable and long-lasting toys, but they also offer pet coats. Their coats are designed with reflective piping, ensuring that your pet is visible during nighttime walks. KONG coats are also made with water-resistant fabric, ensuring that your pet stays dry in case of unexpected rain.
Congratulations, you now know all the factors to help you choose your dog coat! From the type of coat to the brand itself, you know all the do’s and dont’s. But if you’re still doubting, even after all this, there’s always the FAQ section to help you out. But other than that, you’ve got the basic idea! Now go teach winter not to mess with this pet parent!
Q: What are some popular types of dog coats for winter?
A: There are many different types of dog coats available, including fleece, insulated, waterproof, and reflective. Fleece coats are great for indoor use or mild climates, while insulated coats are ideal for colder temperatures. Waterproof coats will keep your dog dry in rainy or snowy weather, and reflective coats can help keep your dog visible at night.
Q: Are there any special considerations for choosing a coat for a puppy or senior dog?
A: Puppies and senior dogs may have different needs when it comes to choosing a coat. Puppies may need a coat that is lightweight and easy to move in, while senior dogs may benefit from a coat that provides extra warmth and support. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s health or needs.
Q: Can I use a human coat for my dog?
A: It’s not recommended to use a human coat for your dog. Human coats are not designed to fit dogs properly, which can restrict their movement and cause discomfort. Additionally, human coats may not provide enough warmth or protection for your dog’s specific needs.
Q: Is it safe to dry my dog’s jacket in a drying machine?
A: It depends entirely on the material. Some fabrics may melt, shrink, or be damaged on a whole by the heat of a dryer. Like I said before, the best thing to do is to check the care label on the jacket before washing or drying it. If your dog’s jacket is made of a fabric that is strong enough to endure the heat of the dryer, you should probably use a low heat setting, just to be on the safe side.
Also, remove it from the dryer as soon as it is dried. This will prevent wrinkles and shrinkage. Make sure any zippers, buttons, and snaps are fastened before the drying process begins. Also, fluff the jacket by shaking it or brushing it to restore its shape and softness.