What’s the best Dog vest available in the market place?
With the cold winter months approaching fast, the cold temperatures can take their toll on your dog. Even hairy dogs will lose body heat and their drive when temperatures drop to 10 and below. You can take a few precautions to help your dog fight the chill by buying them a dog vest. A dog’s age, size and state of health also affect how well it can withstand cold. Slender breeds freeze faster than robust dogs, because their mass in proportion to the area that dissipates warmth is smaller. The most important thing is outfitting your dog with a warm and dry dog vest. I started looking at different dog vests and thought I would inform you – the reader, of my best favourite four.
The chillydogs Great White North™ Winter Coat is designed for maximum warmth, durability and safety in mind. These coats feature an “Easy On, Easy Off” design. The coat is simply slipped over the dog’s head then the “Y” shaped belly panel is pulled down and back between the front legs, and then finally pulled up over the dog’s back where the buckles are fastened and the webbing is adjusted. Personally, I love the design, simplicity and different colours on offer here which makes this simply a great dog vest for winter. More information on Chillydog can be found on their website www.chillydogs.ca
The Hurtta winter coats are not only a great design but comes in three colours, however, can be quite expensive. Hurtta has over 10 years of experience in the development of functional clothing for dogs. This is evident in the durability of their garments. The winter coat dog vest has a waterproof breathable outer skin with a fleece lining and a fur collar is similar to the Chillydogs Easy On and Easy Off design. More information can be found at www.hurttacollection.com
The unique Waggles Dog Coat range has been re-styled. The new coat features a realistic distressed leather look and feel and is complimented by a rich cream fleece lining and turn back collar to give that flying jacket look. Further enhanced by the introduction of chest protection the Waggles Dog Coat is a superb twist on a classic design. To complete the look; helmet goggles and flowing scarf are optional! This dog vest is made from 100% showerproof Polyester. More information can be found at www.danishdesign.co.uk
Petego Dogrich Italian Winter Dog Coat, is just very Italian. By this I mean, simply stunning in design. Dogrich is the newest and I think probably the most fashionable dog vest line. Designed by Emanuele Bianchi, there is one for every occasion. This Italian Coat has mid- season detachable fleece under coat, neck Velcro adjustability, safety reflective ribbons, waist adjustability, collar ring cut and elastic leg cord.
Even though I liked the Dogrich design the best, I have opted to buy my dogs the Waggles dog coat as I know no one else at the park will be wearing these yet.
Other very important things to keep in mind when walking your dog in very cold and icy temperatures:
- Check your dog’s ear tips and warm them with your hands on occasion; extremities are the first to suffer from frostbite.
- Remove any snow and ice buildup; it might make for dramatic photos but can also lead to frostbite and can cut your pup if located near joints.
- Bring a towel or blanket for your dog to sit on if you are working your dog, especially if he’s to lie on metal; the cold and wet combined with lying on a metal surface for hours will make it harder for your dog to maintain body temperature.
- Watch the tail. Some dogs such as Labradors and springer spaniels especially are susceptible to “cold-water tail” – a painful swelling of the tail that turns half of it unresponsive. Keep it as dry as possible and out of the water.
- If you are planning to go for very long walks, feed a performance diet to maximize calories and keep your dog’s internal engine primed and burning.