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Should dogs wear sweaters?

Dog SweaterIt’s a question of the ages! Should dogs wear sweaters? Though some scoff at the fashion, others think the fashion is as important as the function.  Can dog’s get cold? Of course, they can. Small dogs, or dogs with short hair, are not necessarily equipped for our colder temperatures. Older dogs can also have a harder time dealing with the cold, or dogs who have weaker immune systems. Certain diseases such as hypothyroidism or Cushings disease impair hair growth and make it harder for your pup to stay warm.

If you have a dog that has a thick coat, they do not need a sweater. They are likely too hot in the summer and are happy for the colder temperatures. So even if you think it looks cute, avoid the temptation.

Chihuahua’s, Greyhound’s, pinscherr breeds, terriers, pit bull mixes are often all breeds that may want sweaters.

If you are worried about them being cold, by all means, put on a sweater.

Picking a sweater

Get one that is cotton or acrylic and is washable. You will need to wash it often and don’t want it to shrink.

Measure your dog’s neck and chest and distance from their neck to their waist to find their size. Some sweaters have straps that you can adjust. You want the sweater to be snug but not tights. You don’t want it to be loose because it can trip them when they walk.  You also want the sweater to stop around their waist. You do not want it to cover their lower belly.

Avoid sweaters with strings or buttons as they are choking hazards.


Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from our family to yours.

As a reminder, we will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Dec. 24-26) for the holidays.


Keep the Cat Out of Your Christmas Tree!

albuquerque christmas tree safety

albuquerque christmas tree safetyYou love your cat and you likely love your Christmas tree. How do you keep one out of the other?

  1. Citrus Oil – put some on the ornaments on the bottom of the tree. Its like a bug candle for cats! They don’t like the smell so it will keep them away.
  2. Startling devices – there are some devices made to startle your cat. More than just funny they are functional too. They will make a noise or blast of air when they come within range. It doesnt hurt them but it will make them jump. Don’t use these on cats with high anxiety.
  3. Behavioral training – Sometimes working with your cat can get them over the desire to climb the tree or play with the ornaments. Bring the tree into the house and leave it naked for a while, giving the cat a chance to get use to it. Do the same when you add lights. When you decorate it, don’t put the super dangly or tempting ornaments at the bottom. Put those ones out of range of your cat, and out of range of temptation.
  4. Train – You can put a train that circles the tree. It acts like a fence and is very festive.
  5. Fence – Get portable baby gates or pet fences and put it around your tree. It is bigger but can help keep them out.
  6. Alternative – Give them an alternative place to hang out, like a new bed. Put it near the tree and spray catnip spray on it or even rub some of the tree branches on the bed to make it smell like the tree. Some cats will be placated with an alternative and leave the tree alone.

Worse come to worse, you may need to block your cat from the room that holds your tree. Though funny when cats go into the tree, it can be dangerous for them and other people. They can knock over the tree, or chew on the light strands and get electrocuted or start a fire. They can choke on ornaments or ornament hangers.  It is better to keep kitty out of the tree.


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.