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    Default Keeping warm in winter

    I am wondering how people keep their dogs warm in winter.
    When Maggie was a pup she ate rat poison and was given a 3 week dose of Vit K. I may be way off base but since then she gets hotter and colder than she did. Sort of like her thermostat is faulty.
    She is feeling the cold this winter and even though she sleeps by my bed (not on) she curls up as small as she can. I cover her with a rug and she sleeps more relaxed after that. It wasn't an issue last winter before the Vit K, she is only a year old now.
    She is super active so gets walks and plays every day but at night seems well, cold.
    What do good dog jackets look like, which are the good ones?

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    I've got no idea.

    Frosty doesn't like them much. She's not even all that keen on having a rug at night put on top.

    For the horse - weather beaters were nice - waterproof and lined. I've seen people make dog coats out of old track suit pant legs too. And you could probably make something out of those Dacron cheap duna spreads. Or old sleeping bags.

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    Dex shivers in the mornings and after it gets dark so I have a couple of knitted jumpers for him. I'm not sure he likes them all that much as he runs around grunting and trying to rub on things. His legs are also too short and constantly get sucked inside the jumper and he ends up wearing a 'dog tube' with his front legs through the neck hole. I tend to only put his jumpers on an hour or two before bed when he's quiet and curled up on his day bed. He sleeps in a crate next to the bed with a soft pet bed and so it's not so open I put my fleecy dressing gown over the top of the crate. He's usually nice and toasty and half the time wriggles out of his jumper during the night and sleeps on top of it instead. I'll try him with a blanket and see if he eats it or not, he's currently only got an old towel on his day bed though.

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    This is Dodge's one, she wears it almost every day, it keeps her very warm... at least, it stops her from shivering all the time
    It doesnt keep her belly or legs warm... just her back... but so far that seems to be enough for her.

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    what sort is that one MDD?

    It does look like the weatherbeeter sort my horse used to wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    what sort is that one MDD?

    It does look like the weatherbeeter sort my horse used to wear.
    The brand is Kazoo... its the reflective nylon one, its 100% waterproof which is great for Dodge cause she is always working out on the farm (her choice to do that... typical Kelpie)

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    Vit K is found in green leafy vegetables, eggs (and other foods), and is absorbed in the intestine, it is needed by blood to form clotting factors (helps blood clot).

    The action of rat poison and other anticoagulants is to take up vit K in the body so the blood will not clot- hence why extra Vit K is given if these substances have been ingested.

    Vit K is also routinely given as suplimentation to all newborn humans in Australia (in case of any trauma during birth- newborns have 30% -60% less vit K than others).
    I really doubt that Vit K caused any thermostat problems in your dog.

    We have 3 different dog coats: 1 made by the local Country womens association- its old woollen blanket hand made into a coat.
    The second is a big padded thick doona type thing, and the 3rd is a waterproof action man type thing.
    There are heaps at online vert/animal supply stores.

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    Thanks, we were lucky she didn't die...entire packet of Talon! So maybe it's just her getting chilly I will look around. Someone told mevacshop in town will make one to order.

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    Harley & Bella just have coats similar to Dodges one. They are waterproof ones too so they can run out in the rain at night time. Other than that they sleep behind our bar on a bed of carpet on the bottom and flannelette sheets on top (they destroy every other type of bedding).

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