As a veterinarian, I often get asked whether it is okay to put clothes on your dog. The answer is yes. Dressing your dog can not only be fun, but also serve a purpose.
When dressing you dog, make sure you use clothes made specifically for pets. Pet clothes are designed to fit pets and come off easily. I recommend not leaving your dressed pet alone. Some animals may decide to take their clothes off themselves and could become entangled in the clothing. Others may decide that the best way to ensure they don’t have to wear it again is to eat it. Devouring clothes is not only an expensive habit, but also one that can lead to an intestinal obstruction.
My dog loves to be dressed up but not all dogs do. Some dogs need a little time to get used to wearing clothes. Other dogs never get used to clothes. They are nudists preferring to go au natural. If your dog is struggling to take off their clothes, clothing may just not be a good option for them.
Dog clothes can also serve a purpose besides making them look fashionable. Just like us, pets can be susceptible to the cold. Some breeds, like Italian greyhounds and others with short coats, get cold very easily. These animals often benefit from wearing dog clothes when it is cool outside. Other breeds may be less sensitive to the cold, but still need protection from the elements when it is very cold outside.
So how cold is too cold? If you think it’s cold outside, there is a good chance your pet does too. A dog jacket or sweater can keep them warm when they go outside for walks or playtime. My dog Jett loves wearing his Canada Pooch True North Parka whenever he is out in the snow. Not only is he warm and toasty, but he also looks super fashionable. But it is not just cold weather, some dogs also hate rain too. Raincoats can make a walk in the rain less unpleasant for your pooch. Dog booties are also useful. They can protect your dog’s feet from puddles, snow, rough terrain and the hot ground or sand.
Lastly dressing your pet up makes other people smile. Let’s face it, who doesn’t smile when they see an adorable dog in a cute outfit. From fancy to casual, practical to fashionable, keep your pet cozy this winter while turning heads on your next outing.