Do you know how to select the correct dog blanket for your pet? There are many dog coat variations to choose from. They differ in size, durability, warmth, design and color. To choose the correct dog coat, it is necessary to determine the proper size and the type of weather your pet will be exposed to. This article will assist you in determining what's right for your pet.
How to measure your pet for a coat or blanket
To identify the correct length of coat needed, measure from your pet's collar to their tail. Some dog blanket sizes are not listed in inches such as the 'Techniche ThermaFur Heating Dog Blanket'. There are size charts available for these dog blankets that will assist you in converting from inches to the appropriate size between extra small and extra-extra large.
Size charts vary by manufacturer. If you pet is in between sizes, choose the next size up. Some size charts include a neck measurement and a girth measurement.
To determine the correct neck size, measure around your pet's neck below their collar to determine the circumference and add an inch. The neck of dog coats should fit firmly but not tight.
To establish the correct girth size, measure around the largest part of your pet's body at their chest or belly and add an inch.
Is your pet going to be exposed to rain, mildly cold, extremely cold weather or all of these conditions? Is your pet's fur clipped?
If your pet's fur is clipped, you'll need more protection. Below are some variations between the needs of a dog with clipped fur as opposed to one with a full coat.
Clipped Dog Guidelines
45A�-55A� - Light sweater may be needed
35A�-45A� - Medium weight dog blankets
25A�-35A� - Medium weight dog coats with a light lining
15A�-25A� - Heavy dog blankets with a light lining
Below 15A� - Heavy weight dog coats with a heavy lining
Un-clipped Dog Guidelines
45A�-55A� - No sweater needed for many dog breeds
35A�-45A� - A light dog coat or rain coat if walking in wet weather
15A�-35A� - Medium weight dog blanket
Below 15A� - Heavy or medium weight dog coat with a fleece lining
Note: The above suggestions are meant to be a general guideline. Needs will vary based on your pet's breed, length of fur and the temperatures they're accustom to.
Is the dog blanket you chose strong enough for your needs?
The strength of the fabric is a key ingredient in purchasing the right dog coat. The lower the denier thread count, the less durable the dog blanket will be.
Another factor to consider is the care of your pet's wardrobe. If your pet is like most pets, their wardrobe will need to be cleaned regularly. It will save you money in the end if the fabric is durable and machine washable.
Below are some other factors to consider when shopping for the right dog coat.
Do you need a waterproof or windproof dog blanket or coat? If so, follow the specific care instruction carefully to ensure the dog coat remains windproof and waterproof.
Note: Waterproof and windproof coats may not be as breathable as other fabrics. Ensure your pet doesn't get overheated causing him/her to sweat.
Do you walk with your pet at night? Consider purchasing a dog coat with reflective tape like the Fleece lined dog coat by High Spirit
Do you need a warm insulated dog coat? If so, a fleece lining offers cozy warmth and comfort.
Does your pet fight you when you try to dress him/her? If so, look for a design that's adjustable and easy to put on and take off. Your pet may also be dissatisfied if the dog coat is too rigid or bulky.
Would you like your pet's coat to have pockets? Some dog blankets and coats provide pockets for the owner to carry small items. The 'Techniche ThermaFur Heating Dog Blanket' has pockets designed to carry 'Techniche Heat Pax body warmers' to provide added warmth for your loyal friend. These heat packs generate heat for over 8 hours and can be suspended to be used again later if they're packed in an air tight container.
If you keep these factors in mind prior to making the final selection, you and your pet will have many happy walks together.