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  • I’m always cold, so I always have a sweater on or near by. But as I shiver through the

  • chilly California winter, I wonder, does my furry friend need a sweater too?

  • With all that fur, you would think dogs and cats have natural insulation and I mean sweaters

  • look pretty silly, so are they necessary?

  • Just like people, tolerance to cold varies from dog to dog, some breeds might have more

  • insulating fat, others might have denser fur. But no dog can withstand winter weather with

  • the exceptions of some breeds like the sheepdog, Chow Chow, St. Bernards, and Huskies.

  • Huskies are especially built for the cold. They double up their fur to stay warm. The

  • undercoat is soft and fluffy for insulation while the top coat is coarser and protects

  • the undercoat from ice and snow buildup. They can live and work in temperatures as low as

  • 75 degrees BELOW ZERO.

  • A Newfoundland might not need an extra layer either, they grow out hair in locks, which

  • provides another natural layer of warmth. So much so, they don’t mind swimming in

  • near freezing temps! On the other hand, smaller, lighter dog breeds might need some help as

  • they usually have less body fat. Dogs with shorter hair dogs like chihuahuas and older

  • dogs that struggle more to maintain their body temperature probably need an extra layer.

  • Listen to your pet. If they seem hesitant to go do their business in the cold, try bundling

  • them up.

  • If you live in an especially snowy area, a buildup of ice or snow can cause some nasty

  • abrasions on their feet. Try some booties which help protect their paws, plus you might

  • get some good Vines out of your dog prancing in their boots. They look like such nerds.

  • Cats can get cold more easily than dogs actually. Their body temperatures run hot, while were

  • 98.1 degrees, cats run a toasty 101.5. This means their range of comfy temperatures is

  • 20 degrees hotter than ours, their thermoneutral zone ranges from 86 to 97 degrees. Most houses

  • seem pretty chilly to cats at just 73.4 degrees. So it doesn’t take winter weather for them

  • to feel cold. Cats can be pretty fussy, so a feline sweater is probably not the best

  • option. Boxes are best. It’s no secret cats like boxes,they

  • make them feel safer by giving them a place to hide, but it also keeps them warm. Corrugated

  • cardboard is an especially good insulator, so there’s no need to buy a fancy cat pod,

  • just check your recycle bin!

  • On the extreme end of things, severe cold can be deadly for pets - just like it is for

  • humans. If left in the cold too long, dogs and cats risk hyperthermia, especially if

  • their coats get wet. They expend too much energy in keeping warm and their blood pressure

  • drops dangerously. Which might lead to cardiac arrest. This is terrible keep your pet inside.

  • So getting back to our original question: does your pet need a sweater?

  • Depends on the dog, depends on the temperature. Small dogs, dogs with little fur, or elderly

  • dogs, yeah. they could use one. But it also depends on the sweater, I mean if it’s an

  • especially adorable sweater. OF COURSE they need it.

  • So please don’t leave your pets out in the winter, if you do, provide them with adequate

  • shelter. There’s a link below that tells you how to do just that.

  • What do you think? Would you put your pooch in a sweater? Or is it silly? Let us know

  • in the comments below. Hit the subscribe and check back every day for more DNews.

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