Not all dogs are blessed with a thick winter coat. In cold, wet weather and wintry twilight, dogs naturally need enough exercise and exercise to stay vital and fit. However, winter is also uncomfortable for many dogs. With sub-zero temperatures, snow, rain, and temperature fluctuations between outdoor and heated indoor areas, the immune system of dogs is heavily stressed.
Still frowned upon and sneered at a few years ago, dog clothing is now a must-have for many dog owners on winter walks. Especially old and sick dogs, as well as dogs with thin coats, benefit from dog clothes because a dog coat is no longer just a fashion accessory, but a modern functional textile. But what is needed for the dog to protect it from the cold in winter? And which model is best for four-legged friends? We took a closer look at some clothing items for four-legged friends.
Winter coats for dogs with a thin coat
During severe cold spells in winter, the right coat can be just the thing to protect your four-legged friend from the wet and cold. Dog winter coats, lined with warm cotton, keep the four-legged friend warm over a long period. In addition, padded fabrics are an excellent alternative to retain body heat. Dog winter coats are usually water-repellent but not waterproof. Dog raincoats are relatively waterproof but always unlined, so they do not protect against extreme cold. Nevertheless, the dog stays dry and does not cool down as quickly in the wind as it does without rain protection. Both on the internet and as well as in specialist shops there is a large selection of dog coats. Make sure you get the right size and fit when purchasing. Making a tailor-made coat is also an excellent way to equip your four-legged friend in the best possible way.
Dog booties to protect against ice and road salt
Dog booties are also an option worth considering for the winter. Because ice, hard snow, and road salt put a lot of strain on the sensitive dog paws. A nourishing paw balm is often no longer sufficient in such wintry road conditions. However, dog shoes should always be tried in a specialist shop to avoid pressure points on the dog’s delicate paws. Dog shoes should always fit perfectly so that dogs can walk well in them. Dogs don’t naturally like to wear protective booties. It is therefore advisable to practice putting on and playfully wearing the shoes in a familiar environment. After some time and with lots of fun and praise, the four-legged friend forgets the things on his paws.
Dog bathrobes when wet and after bathing
A dog bathrobe can be a good option to protect water-loving four-legged friends from the cold. Some dogs love to jump into any lake, frolic in a stream in a forest, or just explore any puddle of rain. True water lovers are not deterred by cool weather. After the paddling fun, the dog’s body can cool down quickly. It doesn’t matter whether the dog has a thick or thin coat, wet and cold place enormous demands on the dog’s organism. After a walk in wet and cold weather, the dog bathrobe takes care of it immediately for warmth and removes moisture from the fur. Another plus point: the car is also spared from the dog’s dirty, damp fur. Of course, the dog bathrobe immediately provides warmth and well-being for the dog even after a cleansing bath.