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.