Should You Put a Sweater on Your Dog in Cold Weather?

Should You Put a Sweater 

Whether or not to put a sweater on your dog in cold weather depends on a number of factors, including their breed, coat type, size, and activity level.

Short-haired breeds

Short-haired breeds have less fur to protect them from the cold, so they may benefit from wearing a sweater.

Small breeds

Small breeds have a higher surface area-to-volume ratio, which means they lose heat more quickly than larger dogs.

Senior dogs

Senior dogs may have less muscle mass and circulation, which can make them more susceptible to cold weather.

Dogs with medical conditions

Dogs with certain medical conditions, such as arthritis or hypothyroidism, may also benefit from wearing a sweater in cold weather.

How to Choose

When choosing a sweater for your dog, it is important to select one that is the right size and fit. 

When to Put a Sweater

You should put a sweater on your dog when they are going to be outside in cold weather for an extended period of time. 

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