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Puppy Winter Coats—What's the deal?

0683363001580070536.jpgHi All,

Oscar here.

It's officially cold out! And when that happens, you hoomans all get bundled up before stepping foot outside of the house. But the question is, do dogs need to be equally shielded from the cold? Do pups, with their built in fur coats require just as much insulation as humans do in order to face these bitter temperatures? Or, do coats like those from Canada Pooch exist purely for your benefit so you can dress your pooch up in a funny little outfit?

According to the AKC, the answer is both. Though there are certain breeds that are predisposed to be comfy in the cold, like Huskies and Malamutes itty bitty pups like Dachsunds and French Bulldogs get cold much more easily. On top of that, size and coat thickness don't protect your pet indefinitely when the temperatures drop. Even these big fluffy pups can only withstand low temperatures for short periods of time and could still be subjected to frostbite or hypothermia after extended exposure. And for the small dogs out there? Bundling them up is definitely a good idea, whether for short or long periods of time spent outdoors. 

No matter the size of your pet, it's also a good idea to be able to identify signs of hypothermia which include:

• Shivering
• Cold ears and feet
• Rapid breathing
• Increase in urination
• Hair standing on ends

If you notice any of these, bring your pup inside and warm them straight up.

Bottom line, coats are not just for humans to bask in their dog's cuteness—they do serve a purpose, especially if you have a little guy or gal. So go ahead—buy a coat—your dog will likely thank you.

Til' next time,

Oscar

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