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lancestar2 10-11-2018 05:28 AM

Keeping Chi warm, Heated blanket or??
Gettting to be that time of year again. I live in a very cold place during winter. Often it gets down to -15 below. The heat never gone out but at times it has gotten down into the 50 and 60s when the heat is slow or its hard keeping up with a sudden cold snap.

I never had a heating blacked for my chi, but was thinking about getting one. Im concerned about fire risk and burn risk. seen a few videos of dogs with burns from heating pads... im leaning towards maybe just buying a few extra blankets that help retain heat for when she tunnels under them?

God forbid my heat goes out or a window cracks during a blizzard and im away... I'd want to ensure my chi is comfortably warm if the apartment gets really cold. Plus it's naturally a very drafty place, very old buiding from the early 1900's. If anybody could help give tips that be much appricated, types of materals for blankets, brands of heating blankets do you leave it on while at work and your chi(s) are home alone (I live alone so when im away my little vida is alone until I get back upwards of 10-12 hours sometimes.)

Thanks in advance :)

susan davis 10-11-2018 03:17 PM

There are some mats that retain the dogs body heat. I had one for my cat, and she really liked it. The other thing is that both of my dogs have beds that are neat for cold weather. One has a ferret carrier that in the winter I cover with a pillow case. A nice flannel one would be nice. My 4 pound one, Bonnie) loves this. She spends a lot of time in there---her choice. Door is always open. Emmie has the bottom of a plastic crate with a pillow in it. It has deep sides so there are no drafts. She is a 'spreader out' dog, so the carrier doesn't work as well for her. I would be leary of anything electrical. JMO.

CuddlesMom 10-19-2018 05:40 AM

Cuddles has a bed that heats up when she lays in it. It's actually made for cats, but of course our little chis can fit into a cat bed. She loves it and was just using it a little while ago.

Arachne 10-21-2018 03:14 AM

A good dog bed to keep you dog warm and safe is a hooded dome bed. This is to give you an idea. However, some look like igloos while others look like homes. My pets, on the advice of my vet are okay to wear sweaters so long as I check their skin often. My Chis sleep with me, but when I am not home they have each other and a choice of 3 sleeping places. The have a neat kennel with a plush bed and blankets. The kennel is covered with a kennel cover to give them the feeling of being in a den. They also have a regular open dog bed with a few blankets and their domed retreat. They LOVE the dome. Anyway, I hope this helps.

Arachne 10-21-2018 03:17 AM

I failed to mention that I live in Canada and the house is a bit drafty. However, the clothes and dome bed really help.

susan davis 10-21-2018 03:04 PM

I think that drafts are not the ideal bedsite. Most dogs will avoid drafts at all costs in the winter. The one 'open' bed I have (Em's) is a plastic kennel bottom with a pillow in it. the sides are high, even with the pillow. No drafts there. She seems very comfy there. Bonnie is in love with her ferret carrier. I wrap the entire carrier in a flannel pillowcase in the winter. I have to find a piece of foam for the bottom this year.

Arachne 10-22-2018 12:34 AM

Rephrased. My home is not really “drafty,” in that air is not leaking in through the doors and windows. My, but my heating bill would be through the roof. Nay! What I meant to say is that I like my house chilly. Ergo, I need to keep my babies warm. They actually have 5 beds to choose from. Two are in kennels that also have plastic bottoms (trays) which have fitted fleece beds. The stylish kennel cover is made to fit the kennel and closes via Velcro. I usually leave the entry area unfastened for easy entry and exit. Each kennel is also equipped with a full sized blanket. Their open beds are thick and blanketed. The domed bed has a one inch think foam bottom with a fleece top. I also add blankets for their comfort.

I too would avoid a draft as a human because it would not feel good. I spoil my darlings rotten. I just bought them about $300 in clothes so that they have a selection of sweaters, insulated sweatshirts, and two winter coats. Considering they usually only go for car rides and short walks in the yard, I think they will stay comfortable. 🐶

Arachne 10-22-2018 12:56 AM

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