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Basic Care Instructions #5: How To Measure Your Pet For Their Clothing Size

 

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HOW TO MEASURE YOUR PET FOR THEIR CLOTHING SIZE

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Yes, pets need clothes. They need friends, too, but especially in Winter, they need clothes. Really.

You may or may not realize that it is very important to keep your pets warm in cold weather, and to keep them cool in hot weather.

Most furry beasties are not as good at thermal regulation as their pelts and fur would have you believe.  

 

 

Don't leave your little 4-legged friend shivering in a plastic baggie for warmth this Winter!

This week, we send you directions for measuring any pet for size,

to fit into most patterns for animals coats, sweaters, and capes.

Yes,  capes.

 

 

 

Heat is a form of energy, and every living creature has an optimum temperature range when its' at its' best. In Winter, most dogs and many cats and other furry creatures need help to stay warm. When they can't stay warm, more energy is being lost than is coming in, or being received, and this means heat energy is leaving them faster than they can keep it stable, and this lowers their temperature. They need to recieve more energy than they lose, to keep their temperature up, or it will fall below the threshold of what it takes to keep them alive.

Likewise, they can be in danger in Summer, particularly if left inside a car, and even when the car windows are left open, because the temperature inside a closed container is usually up to 40% hotter than the surrounding air.  And when more energy is received then is lost, temperature increases.  And if temperature increases too much, they die.  When the amount of energy coming in and going out are the same amount, their temperature will stay constant; there's a thermal balance, a thermal equilibrium. It does not take much to make the change state, in either direction. Smaller animals and animals at rest inside of containers of any kind are particularly at risk.  

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Look at the diagram below and measure your pet following our instructions,then use the measurements to determine if your pet wears a standard extra small, small, medium, large, extra large or gigantic.

 

"A" is LENGTH and "B" is GIRTH, the CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE as measured around the entire rib cage. 

 

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 If you have a very stout or fat pet, you may want to size up to the next larger overall size.

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USE A FLEXIBLE TAPE MEASURE! 

 

 

 

You'll need to use a flexible tape measure, not a yard stick.

Stand up your pet, squarely on all four legs and feet, as you measure!

Measure your pet standing UP, NOT sitting, not slouching, not lying down.

 

Be sure to take these measurements carefully, and thank your pet for their cooperation!

 

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LENGTH


Find the spot where the tail joins the body.Start at this spot, where the tail joins the body, and measure straight up their spine to the base of their collar at the back of their neck. This is the LENGTH of your pet.

 

GIRTH
 

Next, measure your pet again, for their circumference.  Starting at the spine at the base of the collar, loop the measuring tape entirely around your pet's rib cage. Note the measurement around their entire rib cage. This measurement around their entire rib cage is the 'CHEST circumference', also called ‘GIRTH'.
 

 

VERIFY SIZE: Extra Small, Small,  Medium,  Large,  Extra Large,   Gigantic.


 Knit dog sweaters will stretch somewhat; other fabrics usually will not.  Fasteners such as velco often make these other fabrics adjustable by making the closure adjustable, and this works well with simple styles like capes. Again, If you have a very stout or fat pet, you may want to size up, to the next larger overall size.
 

 

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If your pet requires a special size or shape, there are many custom knitters, including us, who can do custom knitting orders on request.

 

 

The difficult designs we can do fairly quickly.

 

 

We can do the impossible so long as you accept that the impossible just takes us a little longer. 

Email us for details at suityou@suityourself.international ~ We like comments, too. We hope this information is helpful to you.

 

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I sign these newsletters "See Into The Invisible". Thanks for reading.

Best Wishes, 
Debra Spencer

 



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