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Outfitting Your Pet - Dog Clothing.

People have varying opinions about “dressing up” dogs. Some see it as cute, while others view it as silly and “un-dog-like.” There is nonetheless, a practical aspect for having some pet clothes. Depending on the type of dog and the environment in which it lives, it may be wise to provide your pet with clothing. In harsh winter weather dogs able to support thick growth coats dogs such as Huskies adapt easily by growing a wonderful insulated coat. Dogs like Greyhounds or Chihuahuas, however, have little fur and are generally slim dogs with little fat to help keep them warm. They may be helped greatly by provision of clothing.

An obvious consideration is the weather. Many dogs can use extra protection when winters are particularly cold. Be aware that in bitter temperatures clothing is not enough protection and pets need shelter to stay warm. The other consideration regarding winter is the length of time your dog spends out of doors. As winter months come dogs that spend time outside will naturally adapt to the cold. Their fur will get thicker and will often put on a few extra pounds. If a dog spends most of its time inside he may not physically adapt. In this case the pet may need extra protection when going outside in the cold.



The type of clothing is also important. Some dogs need warmth while others need to stay dry too. Keeping older dogs dry is a particularly good idea as they may be more susceptible to colds or getting chilled. There is also a convenience factor in having a dry dog. A dry dog can often result in less house cleaning. Particular consideration should be given to pets that may get wet and then get cold. Changes in weather or situations where a dog gets wet in freezing temperatures may pose a significant health risk. Measures should be taken to avoid this situation.



Dog booties provide protection in a variety of situations. In the winter dog booties can be helpful when walking a dog on streets that have been salted or sanded or may have jagged ice. Salt in particular can be a significant irritant and can be quite painful to your pet, if there is already a cut or abrasion. Again there is also a convenience factor associated with keeping your pet’s paws dry and snow free when returning home. Dog booties can be handy in normal temperatures too. If your dog regularly comes in contact with sharp rocks or rough surfaces such as gravel dog booties come in handy. Also, some dogs are more sensitive than others and can use added protection that others may not need. Clothes aren’t for every dog, but the added protection they provide may be welcome by some.

 

 


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