What? Dogs wearing clothing … Many people laugh and do double takes when they see dogs wearing clothes. Some question it and others enjoy watching them as they do with babies in their Sunday outfits. Some say it is just a fad and like all “in” things soon come out of style. The main thing that gets questioned is, since dogs have a coat of fur, why would it need a dog coat, shirt, or sweater. However, people do not realize that dogs can easily be affected by cold weather, heat, and rain just as easily as humans. Have you seen a chihuahua shiver in mildly cool weather? These small dogs and other small breeds are easily vulnerable by any change of weather. Many veterinarians suggest an extra layer of clothing for your dog in low temperatures or in rainy environments.
When choosing dog clothing take into consideration whether the clothing is comfortable and safe for your pet. Do not buy clothing that will restrict movement of your dog. For example, a shirt that is too tight will make your pet feel uncomfortable an can even cause blood circulation problems. Most pet clothing stores and online websites will have has specific instructions on how to size your dog.
It is also important to keep in mind how to wash your pet’s clothes. Remember that, if it’s made out of cotton, it may shrink. Keep in mind that some dogs can be allergic to some detergents or fabrics. Observe how your baby responds when you put on a piece of clothing.
Dogs are not the latest accessories, but a vital part of your family. They are an extension of our personality. So why not protect your loved one from cold, heat, and rain, plus they will look so cute and make people do a double take.