when to blanket

Blanket Size Charts


When to Blanket Your Animals

It is important to know when and when NOT to blanket your animals. It is often tempting to "Love our animals to death" with over protection. Remember most of our animals have survived for many centuries without the aid of blankets and that is the reason they have a coat of hair or wool. If you put a blanket on a normal healthy animal routinely you run a risk of making them to warm and causing them to get pneumonia.

Blanket if:

  • You have body clipped an animal during cool weather.
  • Your vet recommends a blanket for a sick or weak animal.
  • You have moved an animal from a warm climate to a cold climate.
  • You plan to show your animal during winter months and you don't want them to form a winter coat. (In this case you must keep them blanketed all winter)

Don't Blanket:

  • Just because you are cold.
  • A normal healthy baby born when temperatures are moderate.



Pack cloth sheets are for wind breaks while traveling and to keep animals clean at the show. Polar lined pack cloth blankets are for sick or clipped animals that need extra warmth. Blankets and sheets are available for llamas, alpacas, mini donkeys, mini horses, and goats. All have velcro style closing around the chest and under the belly. For sizes measure the length of the back from the base of the neck to the base of the tail and around the belly at the largest place then refer to the blanket size chart. Colors vary.

Ordering Polar Blankets & Sheets

When ordering blankets use the handy size chart to measure your animals for correct fit. The size indications are what we find most common, however you may have a yearling that really fits in an adult or even a weanling blanket when measured. Remember also that sheared alpacas will generally wear a size smaller blanket than animals in full coat.

When your animals are blanketed it is important to check often to be sure they are not getting to warm. Newborn babies can become to warm and easily get pneumonia. Place your hand under the blanket a couple of times per day to be sure they are not sweating. If they are, remove the blanket and dry them completely. You also should keep them out of drafts until their body temperature stabilizes.

If you need a custom blanket please use the following measuring information to measure your animal and let us know those measurements when you place your order.

  • Back length: Base of the neck to base of the tail.
  • Body length: Center of the chest to center of the butt.
  • Neck: All the way around their neck.
  • Girth: All the way around their girth region.
  • Belly: All the way around the fattest part of their belly.
  • Body depth Center of the back down the side to the bottom of the belly.

Cat #

Size

Back Length

Belly

ALPACA

2045 NA

newborn

up to 16"

up to 26"

2045 1A

1-3 months

16-18"

24-30"

2045 NL

4-6 months

18-21"

26-30"

2045 1L

Weanling

22-26"

30-36"

2045 4L

Yearling

26-30"

36-44"

2045 WL

Adult

30-34"

44-51"

 

Cat #

Size

Back Length

Belly

LLAMA

2045 NL

newborn

up to 21"

up to 30"

2045 1L

1-3 months

22-26"

30-36"

2045 4L

4-6 months

26-30"

36-44"

2045 WL

Weanling

30-34"

44-51"

2045 YL

Yearling

33-37"

48-56"

2045 SAL

Sm. Adult

37-40"

54-72"

2045 AL

Lg. Adult

38-43"

56-89"

 

Cat #

Size

Back Length

Belly

GOAT

2110 NG

X Small

up to 17"

up to 19"

2110 SG

Small

23-27"

25-34"

2110 FSG

Full Small

23-27"

33-41"

2110 MG

Medium

28-33"

30-41"

2110 FMG

Full Medium

38-33"

38-51"

2110 LG

Large

33-37"

37-48"

2110 FLG

Full Large

33-37"

39-58"

 

Cat #

Size

Back Length

Belly

MINI DONKEY & MINI HORSES

2027 ND

newborn

up to 21"

up to 26"

2027 1D

1-3 months

21-24"

26-37"

2027 WD

Weanling

23-26"

37-45"

2027 YD

Yearling

26-30"

35-48"

2027 AD

Adult

30-36"

42-50"