Austin, Texas (PressExposure) January 24, 2007 -- Dog clothes look like a frivolous item until cold weather brings ice, snow and all the dangers associated with it. Recently, the south has been bombarded by unusually cold and fierce winter weather, catching many off guard. One group that is particularly affected is dog owners. They have to walk their pets outdoors or let them outside several times a day to let them relieve themselves. Dogs canât just bunker down indoors for days on end like us to last through a tough storm. So what should a dog owner do to protect their pet from frigid temperatures? Grant Carroll, owner of [http://www.littlepamperedpets.com] , says âThe solution is simple. They should bundle them up in dog clothes.â
Sweaters and coats are necessary even though a dog has a natural coat of fur. When the mercury drops too low, hair alone canât hold in enough heat to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. An owner should definitely limit the amount of time a dog spends outdoors during this kind of chill, but extra protection from clothing will help. Dr. Bruce Fogle, prominent veterinarian and author, has said that âsmall dogs and delicate breeds with thin single coats may need additional protection from the winter rain and cold.â As Jack Frost continues to make himself at home in Texas and throughout the south, dog owners should take heed and invest in some dog clothing.