Hey guys. Welcome back to my Blog. I don’t know where you live, but where I live, it is beginning to become cold. Very cold. The temperature went from 73 degrees at 2pm, down to 41 degrees by 10pm. I grabbed the leash, the dog and the poo bags… I bounded out of the door as usual. Then, I abruptly stopped when I was greeted with a howling gust of wind and sprinkles of rain. Just enough mist to turn my hair from curls to frizz and ‘what happened?’ Well, I ran back into the house for a cozy hooded sweater. And, from Sophia’s nook, I pulled a charming sky blue and white acrylic sweater adorned with a very becoming light blue gingham bow tie. Very fitting for my Schnauzer. Now, off we go…
That brings me to the subject at hand. It is sweater season. Does the dog actually need a sweater? Is she fine without one? What is actually happening to her, physiologically, whenever she wears a sweater? Am I simply Schnauzer obsessed? Am I overspending by spoiling her with perfectly fitted clothing so she can look great in cold weather?
Let’s find out.
Dog history shows that the first dog coat was patented in 1938 by Charles M. Allen. The garment was meant to provide covering for the body of a dog in inclement weather. And to protect from fleas. Wow!
And then, there came dog fashion.
There is evidence from Ancient Egypt that people were using decorative collars to adorn their dogs [Wikipedia] as far back as 1440 BC. An embossed leather dog collar depicting hunting scenes has been found in the tomb of Egyptian Nobleman
Maiharpiri. Legend has it the dog’s name was Tantanouit. The dog’s name can be seen on the collar.
Common sense tells me that clothing and grooming for dogs is an absolute must. What if you are a Saint Bernard, and your dad’s job relocates him to Florida? That’s a big hairy dog who is now wearing a short cut for survival purposes. And what if you are a Chihuahua and then your mom relocates to Wisconsin? I guess that’s right! We had better go put something on.
So, my answer is yes. My dog and dogs in general actually do need sweaters. They provide protection from the rain. They provide protection from the cold. And they are worn to provide extra warmth. And you know, just like us people…we while we are getting what we need, we also want to look great while all of that is in progress. That goes for the dogs too.
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Cold Weather Facts For Pet Parents
Whenever the temperature reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit, most of the medium and or large dogs can walk for 30-minutes.
The smaller dogs should limit outdoor walks to 15 or 20 minutes if temperatures fall between 20 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now if it is below 0 degrees, not one dog should be out for a walk.
AKC says your dog’s age, breed, and health are all major factors as well. Remember that puppies and elder dogs are much more sensitive to the cold weather because their bodies can’t regulate their body temps well. If it’s below freezing, these dogs should be taken outside to eliminate only.
Think about this for a moment. What if I am a hairless dog? What do I need? T-shirts galore?….then snazzy sweaters?…and then coats and jackets?…anyways…
Dogs also have body structures and physiological responses that control how much heat they exchange with the environment. They are…
- Circulatory mechanisms, such as altering blood flow patterns
- Insulation, such as fur & fat
- Evaporative mechanisms, such as panting and sweating
Please remember that when you apply the sweater, this is all working at the same time. Think of it as being similar to a heating and air conditioning unit.
You do want them to keep warm, but you don’t want to over do it.
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From Our Table
Yes! Because it is time for Sophia’s professional dental cleaning, I gave her the Greenies. Supposedly her teeth will be white after munching on these treats. But, that is not the case for my girl. She looks a little like Shrek about the tooth, gums, and fur surrounding her mouth. “My my my Miss Sophia! What a lovely shade of lime in your beard!”
But seriously, these help when I brush her teeth. Once all of that coloring has been brushed away she is ready to roll. She is small, so the Teenie size is recommended. I give her the Regular size, then monitor her activity. I just have always felt that she may choke on the Teenie size, and that’s the reason I upgrade Sophia to Regular size. When it starts getting nubby and her paws and mouth are green, I remove the treat from her clutches. Typically, she’ll eat 1/3 to 1/2 Regular Greenie.
There is no downside to this treat for my pet. Its main ingredient is Wheat Flour. It is easy to digest, and fights plaque and tarter.
For Teenie Dog Pet Parents, a word of caution:
#1 This is not suitable for dogs less than 5 lbs, or dogs less than 6 months of age.
#2 For each Greenies dental treat fed, reduce your dog’s main meal by 90 kcal.
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Cuddles and Wags,