We’d heard that small dogs, being more susceptible to the cold, need to wear a sweater in the house during the winter. Our vet feels they only need to wear a sweater indoors if the temperature goes under 50 degrees for more than 20 minutes.
Daisy needs a sweater in a 70 degree house when the temperatures outside are frigid…like they are now.
We have very good double-pane windows that are only a few years old and keep all the drafts out, yet when the temperatures go as low as they’ve been already this season (20′s during the day with wind chills near zero at night), the house feels chilly. Of course, it doesn’t help that the heating vents are in the ceiling and, since heat rises, it’s much warmer up there than it is on the floor! What fools design these systems anyway? I usually keep the temperature at 69, but I had to raise it to 70 the other day.
Yesterday afternoon, I invited Daisy onto my lap and I felt her shivering. I was pretty chilly myself, and from what I read on Yorkie Talk, if you feel chilly in a house, chances are your small dog does too. In the discussion forum on that site, they say that 65-70 degrees works for most 10 pound dogs, but Daisy seems to need more warmth. I nudged the thermostat up a degree, which felt better for both of us (though I hate the thought of the furnace turning onmore frequently!).
For the rest of the evening, I put Daisy’s sweater on her (it’s lightweight, I think we need a heavier one), and covered Daisy with a doubled-over fleece blanket, which she seemed to love. There was no more shivering. We put the fleece blanket in her crate for the night and left her sweater on her, and everything went fine. Today she’s lying on the wood floor on top of the fleece blanket, and it seems to give her the warmth she needs. I think she’s permanently claimed that little fleece blanket!