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Do dogs really need sweaters to keep themselves warm?

Hi guys, with Winters on, I see tens of pet-owners thronging at pet shops buying fancy sweaters for their dogs. I wonder, do dogs really need sweaters to keep themselves warm? What about those thousands of stray dogs who survive the chilling Winters without the warm of blanket or sweaters? Science say, dogs can regulate their temperature on their own. Dogs catch heat/cold from their paws, so it's better to lay a blanket on the floor. If we do have to put sweaters on their body what steps can we take- 1) Always put sweaters on during the Evening, Night and Morning time. For example- I put sweater on my dog either late at night or in the evening till 8 on the following morning. 2) Before putting these sweaters, its best to comb the coat throughly. This will avoid any irritation on coat. Remove the coat every morning and dust any fur and dust off using a brush. 3) Please do remove the sweater off in sunny afternoon. It'll be a torture to dogs if we don't remove them when climate is already warm. I wonder I feel if I don't remove a wollen hat off my head in a nice sunny day. 4) It's not a bad idea to wash these cloths regularly. I do two weekly. I'm waiting for tips 5), 6) and any other related experiences of dog owners.
By Navjot Singh · 11 Dec 2011 10:08 pm

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By Ayon Saha · 12 Dec 2011 1:11 am
Actually, yes....dogies dont really need a sweater. Better not to waste money on this and somewhat irritate your doggy forcing them keeping the cloth on their body......

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By pennypup · 12 Dec 2011 8:08 pm
Dogs will grow a thicker coat in the winter months. There is no need for a sweater. It you do put a sweater on you dog, you could actually cause their coat to not gorw in properly which will actually make them colder.

My doberman does fine in the winter here in Canada with no sweater. He doesn't stay outside all the time, but for walks and going out to pee he is fine.

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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 12 Dec 2011 11:07 pm
Hi Navjot,
Pennypup and Ayon are right, Dogs really dont need sweaters during winters but keep in mind that dogs eat more during winters to keep their body warm and eat less in summers.
Regards,
Kamal
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By Navjot Singh · 17 Dec 2011 5:59 pm
Keeping in mind dogs absorb heat/cold from their paws, it's a better idea to buy them a nice cozy bed. I do put on sweater on my Lab in evening and morning when we take him for walk. We remove it during the day when it's nice and sunny. My lab doesn't resist the sweater and seems to be happy with that on his body.
Pennypup- Thanks for sharing this fact.
Ayon- My vet feels breeds like Dobermann, Dalmation, Boxer, ect are highly susceptible to cold so it's not a bad idea to put the sweater on to help their body regulate the temperature.
Kamal- You're right. Animals generate body heat by burning body fat which they obtain from their food.
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