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Dear Daisy Dog

Milo, our boxer, loves to wait for me at the bus stop. But in cold weather, he really shivers. Should we buy him a coat?

Daisy Responds

By all means. I have long hair, but even I have a jacket for inclement weather.

My jacket has a water-repellent nylon shell and a soft, warm fleece lining. The front has a Velcro closure, and straps secure the jacket under my belly.

We dogs get chilled in cold weather – and, conversely, overheated on hot days – more quickly than you humans, because we can’t regulate our body temperature well.

Puppies and senior dogs are especially bad at thermoregulation.

Milo’s short hair makes it even more difficult for him to keep warm in cold weather.

Check out pet specialty stores, catalogs and Internet sites. You’ll find a variety of outerwear that will keep him toasty while he waits at the bus stop – and warm your heart when you see him.

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