The Best Coats to Keep Your Small Dog Warm
Small dogs are just as active as bigger pups, with one difference:
they get colder, quicker!
Here's how to find the perfect coat for your small dog all year round.
If you’re like most dog owners, you'll do anything to keep your furry best friend happy and healthy.
Small dog owners, however, need to remember that your dog’s smaller size and weight may putting them at a higher risk for getting colder quicker than you realize!
For example, smaller dogs are more likely to get frostbite on their paws, and may lose heat through their body faster than bigger dogs.
So how do you keep your small dog warm - in the Fall, Winter, Spring... or even Summer?
A Coat For Every Reason & Season
The best thing to do is to make sure your dog has a coat that will keep them warm no matter what date is on the calendar.
If you want to find the best dog coat for your small dog, here are a few tips to follow:
- During the summer, small dogs usually don't need a coat - but beware of cool evenings and shivering pups! A lightweight fleece sweater is often all that's needed.
- Fall brings warm days and cool nights, so a midweight jacket that provides protection (but not too much) is perfect for Autumn temps.
- Depending on where you live, your Autumn coat may work fine during the winter, too. But for those in colder regions - especially with rain and snow - be sure to buy a waterproof dog coat with a warm fleece inner liner.
- Depending on the day, you may need a combination of all of the above coats! Be ready for cooler mornings, warm days, and cooler nights.
Top tips to buy the perfect small dog coat:
- Find a coat that is specifically designed for small dogs. Most small dog coats will have small sizing to accommodate for the shorter legs and thicker bodies of smaller dogs.
- If you have a smaller dog, make sure the coat you get is designed to keep them warm in the winter. Many coats will be designed to keep dogs warm in colder weather.
- Make sure your dog’s coat fits properly. Most dog coats will come with instructions on how to properly fit the coat on your dog. If your dog is small, you’ll want to make sure the coat fits snuggly around their neck and around their chest.
If you’re not sure how to measure your dog for a coat, you can always bring them to a local pet store. They will be able to measure your dog and give you a good idea of what size you’ll need.
- If you have a dog that doesn’t like to wear coats, you can make them wear the coat for a short time each day. This will help your dog get used to wearing the coat, which will make it easier for you to put it on when you need to.
You can also try getting a coat that’s designed to be easy to put on. For example, some coats will have straps that you can put over your dog’s head and then clip. These straps will help keep the coat in place while you put it on.
Remember, your dog should wear a coat any time they get cold - and for some dogs that can even happen during the summer months!
Article partially contributed by Copysmith