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Back on Track® Dog Blanket

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Back on Track® Dog Blanket

Whether your best friend is young or old, a working dog, competitive or a couch potato, the Back on Track® Dog Blanket can help keep him active, comfortable and enjoying great quality of life. Revolutionary fabric generates therapeutic warmth that improves blood flow, relaxes muscles, relieves arthritic pain and reduces inflammation.

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Item #: X1-04922D
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Sizing Info
Fabric Types
Tips for Blanketing
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The Back on Track® Dog Blanket is designed with all dogs in mind, including young or old dogs, hardworking canine athletes and family pets. It uses your dog’s own body warmth to create natural, soothing, therapeutic warmth that benefits any dog. With its polyester exterior, the blanket is both water-resistant and breathable. State-of-the-art Welltex® fabric lines the inside.

Welltex is infused with ceramic powder, which reflects body warmth in the form of FAR infrared waves. This gentle therapeutic warmth helps increase circulation, relax sore or stiff muscles, ease the discomfort of arthritis, reduce inflammation and can therefore help keep your dog comfortable and active. You’ll find this blanket to be ideal for both prevention and injury recovery. Lacing at the front of the blanket allows for adjustability. An attached wrap-around belly strap keeps blanket in place, and strategically placed openings allow for the attachment of a leash and for the dog’s tail to move freely. Reflectors on each side help to enhance visibility.

*Introduce the Back on Track Dog Blanket gradually to your dog to allow him to become accustomed to its beneficial effects. Let your dog wear it for a maximum of four hours per day for the first two to three days, then let your dog wear it overnight. Physical responses to the Mesh Dog Blanket vary. Do not use on pregnant dogs.

To determine the size required, measure your dog from collar to base of tail while dog is standing. Make sure head is in a neutral position, not too high or too low. Take into consideration the build of your dog and whether he is wide, thin, holds his tail up or lets it hang low. Once you have the measurement, you may notice that multiple sizes might fit your dog. This is because there is a 2-3" inch zipper opening that you can put your dogs tail through, mostly for those breeds that carries their tail high. Back on Track recommends considering the smaller size of blanket and not going up a size because of this opening. The end measurement of the size range is the end of the tail opening to serve as a form of placement on the dog, once you have a collar-to-base-of-tail measurement.

How to Measure Your Horse and Fit your Blanket

The fit of your blanket is extremely important to the comfort of your horse. Improperly fitting blankets can cause rubbing and slippage. To find blanket size, measure distance from center of the chest, across the point of the shoulder, and to the center of the tail. Many blankets are sized in two or three inch increments, so choose the closest size available.

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Care of Your Blanket

Blankets should be cleaned annually. First, remove excess dirt with a brush or hose, then wash by hand or on a delicate cool water cycle. Use very mild soap. Allow to drip dry. Do not put blankets in the dryer as this will damage the waterproof coating and void any warranties.

For individual size charts and meaurements, please refer to the "Size Guide" link that appears on the product page.
Terms for Horse Blankets & Sheets

Ballistic nylon refers to a thick and very tough synthetic fabric. It was originally designed for use in military jackets to protect the wearer from shell fragments and flying debris. A blanket/sheet with ballistic nylon outer will be difficult to tear.

Most blankets and sheets are made of woven fabrics that allow body vapor to escape through miniscule holes to help prevent moisture buildup. Breathability is not the same as moisture wicking.

Denier refers to the thickness of the fabric used as the outer layer of the garment, and it provides an indication of how durable the garment will ultimately be. The higher the denier of the blanket, the heavier the fabric feels, and the stronger, more wind-resistant and more water-resistant the fabric is. Therefore, a 1,680 denier blanket is more durable than a 600 denier blanket. If your horse is turned out in rough terrain or enjoys rough play with pasture mates, then a higher weight denier is most appropriate.

Ripstop nylon refers to a high denier fabric woven in a crosshatch pattern that, in the unlikely event a tear occurs, prevents the hole from spreading. A blanket/sheet with ripstop outer can puncture or tear, but the hole will not spread on its own.

The fabric is constructed to pull moisture away from a horse's skin and hair to the outside surface. Moisture-wicking fabrics are used in coolers.

Water-resistant blankets and sheets provide some protection from moisture, but are not designed to repel water to protect the horse fully when it is exposed to downpours, snow or sleet for prolonged periods. Most stable sheets or blankets are water-resistant to help prevent saturation from soiled bedding.

Waterproof means that the blanket fabric has been treated with a coating to repel water. Additionally, seams on waterproof blankets and sheets are placed so as to prevent leaks, or they are taped and sealed.

Turnout blankets are available in a range of weights, where the weight refers to the amount of poly fill between the outer and inner layers. The fill adds warmth and insulates the horse's body heat. It is measured in gram weights; the higher the number of grams, the warmer and heavier the blanket. Fill amounts vary between blanket manufacturers. As a general rule, a lightweight blanket has 100 grams of fill; a medium weight blanket has between 180-200 grams of fill; a heavyweight blanket has 300+ grams of fill.

A Note about "Lite" (versus "Sheet") Blankets: In some blanket lines, manufacturers refer to "lightweight" blankets as "Lite." These have 100 grams of fill for insulation. "Lite" blankets should not be confused with "Sheets," either for turnout or stable use, as a sheet will never have any fill.
Five Tips for Blanketing Horses

1) To get the most of the waterproof protection on your horse's turnout blanket, whisk away dried mud, manure and grime with a brush or broom.

2) Does your horse rip blankets? Choose a blanket with a higher denier. The term "denier" refers to the thickness of the synthetic fabric used as the outer layer of a blanket, and it indicates how durable the blanket will be. The higher the denier, the tougher the fabric.

3) Rub marks or abraded hair on your horse's chest, shoulders or mane indicate a poorly fitting blanket. Try different blanket styles to alleviate pressure points, and/or take a new measurement to double check your horse's size.

4) Get to know your own horse's needs for blanketing - each individual is unique. What is considered a medium weight blanket on one horse feel like be a heavyweight blanket on another. No one prescription for blanketing exists.

Has your horse grown a bit of a natural hair coat? Then don't layer on a turnout sheet just because of snow or cold. The sheet will actually flatten the fluffy hair through which body heat circulates as a natural insulation for your horse. Instead, be sure to add a blanket that has fill to create the insulation.