Last year Chase had a horrible skin issue during the cold seasons, and i thought i cleared it up. Well its that time of year again and im now seeing a pattern. Chase has worn a coat over the past week and he now has ingrown hairs in the areas the coat covers. Its not to the point of infection (last year was terrible), so i use a sterile needle to take the hair out.
Now, my question is, should he try and go coatless this winter? To me, thats borderline animal cruelty. In Canada temps can reach -40C and last year Chase was bundled up with three coats. I cant keep him inside, he will go insane, he needs at least 2 hours of outdoor exercise daily.
Has anyone experienced this? Is there a coat out there that can minimize this?
NOTE: He has been to the vets countless times last year for this, the vet suggested no coat.
I live even further north than you, in cottage country- the snow belt. Rarely does saph wear her coat. Just watch your dog if he starts lifting feet or shivering bring him in for a while to warn up then go back out. As long as your dog is keeping active, he shouldn't get terribly cold.