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Summit County is heading into winter: Will your dog be warm enough?

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How to know if your dog is warm enough in the winter:

1. Did your dog's breed originate in a warmer climate, such as Chihuahuas, which come from Mexico, or Italian greyhounds? Dogs from warmer climates do not grow a thick, warm, double coat of protective fur. Check with your veterinarian if you are unsure about whether your dog will need extra protection.

2. Does your dog have short hair? Short-haired dogs like greyhounds and small breeds can be affected by even mild temperature changes. They will likely need extra help staying warm.

3. Watch carefully for signs that your dog is cold when you take her outside. If your dog shivers, whines, slows down, stops walking or seem anxious she probably needs help staying warm and needs the extra warmth of a coat.

4. Is your dog an elder? An older dog might require extra warmth especially if he has arthritis which can make joints tender and painful. A very young dog might also be sensitive to colder temperatures.

5. Has your dog recently been hospitalized or had surgery? Dogs recovering from any illness are already compromised. Heart disease, kidney disease or hormonal imbalance can make your dog more sensitive to colder weather.

6. Do you live in a very cold area? Days, and especially the hours after the sun drops can be challenging for your dog. Domesticated dogs who live indoors don't develop the heavier coats of those who live outside.

7. Travel/Vacations. Do you live in a warm climate? Your dog will need help staying warm if you're planning to visit a colder state.

Quick Guidelines – Your Dog May Need a Coat when:

* It's 40 degrees or less

*During raw, windy and humid conditions

*During rain and snow storms

*At night when the temperature drops

Fran Blum is the owner of MountainMuttDogCoats in Boulder. Fran can be reached at 303-527-0850, or go to mountainmuttdogcoats.com