How to prepare your pets for cruel winters

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It’s the time of the year when you should go hunting for dog jackets and coats. Most people think that dogs don’t need winter gear because they have fur covering their body. True, but some dog breeds have very thin and short coats and would love to have an extra layer of warmth during the harsh winters.

Here’s your guide to finding the right winter gear for your beloved pet:

  • If you aren’t planning to take along your pet for your shopping trip, make sure you take its correct measurements. You need to measure the circumference of the neck, the length from collar to tail, and the circumference of the widest part of its chest.
  • A sweater should neither be too tight or too loose. A tight one might destruct free movement and a loose one might enable your dog to wriggle out of it.
  • Choose the colour and material wisely. If your canine friend loves rolling in the mud, white and pastels are a no no. Also choose material that is warm but not irritating to the skin. Fleece is a wise option. Knit sweaters can catch on ice and twigs and make your doggie uncomfortable.
  • Take a little time to acclimate the dog to its new winter wear using positive reinforcement or you might be more than disappointed getting your favourite piece of shopping getting outright rejected.
  • Don’t forget to buy dog shoes! Totally useless you may think. But tell you what, most people sprinkle coarse salt on their sidewalks to keep snow at bay and that might stick to your pet’s paws and hurt him.

There! Have a warm and cosy winter!

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