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What To Look For When Buying a Dog Coat

Now that the weather is getting colder, it might be time to start looking at getting your dog a coat!  Keep in mind that not all dogs need them.  Those winter loving breeds like German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Siberian Huskies (just to name a few) are quite happy facing the winter as they are.  Dogs that will need an extra layer are small breeds, short-haired and short-legged dogs, senior dogs, or dogs with illnesses.

There are things needed to be considered when buying a coat.  Here are a few!

Proper fit.
  You want to make sure that your dog can move comfortably in their coat.  A proper fitted coat not only helps your dog move comfortably, but also prevents injuries, discomfort, and chafing.  An improper fit can either be too big or too small, both with the possibility of hurting your dog.
When measuring your dog, you will need 4 measurements: length, chest, girth, and neck.

Waterproof and washable. As we are in Canada, your dog’s coat is bound to get wet (and dirty!).  Getting a coat that has a water-resistant outer later and a warmer base layer is ideal.  Also ensuring that the coat can be washed can help maintain cleanliness and help the coat last longer.

Ease.  How easy it is to take a coat on and off should play a factor when choosing a coat.  This is particularly true if you have an older dog that will have more difficulty putting on a complicated coat, or a more hyperactive dog that will be more resistant to sit still long enough to put the coat on.  It’s also important to keep in mind how the coat works with the leash and collar you use.  Will they sit well and fit properly with the coat on? Will they be comfortable with a coat over top of them?  These are the questions you need to ask.

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