Do Dogs Really Need Clothes?
Some people think that dressing up your pet is unnecessary while others believe it comes with various benefits. If you are still sitting on the fence and don’t know where to stand on pet fashion, you’ve come to the right blog! We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dressing up your pet so you can make an informed decision about fashion for pets!
The Benefits Of Dressing Up Your Dog
Let’s start with how dressing up your pet could be beneficial to your pooch, and you! Here are some important points to remember.
Change Up Their Style
As cat and dog lovers alike know, there are companies that specialize in designing clothes for pets. The practice has become so popular that special events have sprung up over the years to showcase pet fashion trends.
If you like what you’re reading, and you find clothes on pets beyond adorable, you may want to look into these events and participate with your pooch.
Clothes Provide Protection For Your Pet
If your pet has no hair or only has short hair, then adding an extra layer of clothing is great. This is especially helpful during the winter months. If your pet couldn’t retain enough heat, it can easily suffer from a serious illness caused by hypothermia.
Moreover, booties are also recommended. They are a safe way to ensure your dog won’t get icy paws on cold days. Another reason you might want to dress up your pet is to protect them from scratches and cuts.
For example, hunting dogs are clothed with a snug-fitting vest. This protects them from various sharp objects and insects while they run through the wood.
Clothes Keep Pets Clean
Obviously, when your pet has on an outfit, dirt can’t easily reach their coat. The first line of defense would be their clothes. So, when you dress up your dog or cat, you can save yourself a day of grooming as dirt and moisture will stick to the outfit and not on fur or hair.
The Disadvantages Of Dressing Up Your Pet
Now that you have read the benefits, let’s take a look at the other side of the coin. Here are some of the disadvantages or drawbacks of dressing up your pet.
Dogs Can Be Allergic to Material and Chemicals On Clothing
The materials used in your pet’s outfit could potentially cause allergies. It may also lead to itching and irritation. Be alert and watch your dog for signs of an allergic reaction. Symptoms may include itching, scratching, or feeling uncomfortable and trying to get out of their outfit.
Excess Layers of Clothing May Cause Overheating
Dogs and cats who have natural thick fur and hair are already designed to survive the cold months. So, adding an extra layer of insulation through dresses and outfits could easily lead to overheating or hyperthermia especially when you do it on a hot day.
If you see your pet panting and always drinking water, they are overheating. Their outfit should be removed. No matter how cute they look in clothes, their health and comfort need to come first before eye-catchy pet fashion.
Clothing On Pets Restrict Their Movement
Some outfits may be too elaborate and may limit the movement of your pet. In such cases, it’s understandable that your pet would do their best to remove the dress or outfit.
The Task Of Putting Clothes On Dogs Can Cause Unnecessary Stress
How would you feel if an unfamiliar dress or outfit is put on you? You might feel uncomfortable and stressed out. The same is true for your pet. For some pets, even a collar makes them uncomfortable.
If you have a pet that loves being ‘naked,’ they’ll associate dress up with stress as they are not used to wearing clothes. Some pets will remain completely still when they have clothes on because they do not like them and want them taken off.
Understanding the signs of stress and being able to address them will help you and your pet when it comes to dressing them up.
Dressing Up Your Pet…Or Not?
You have read both the pros and cons of dressing up your pet. It is up to you to wisely and carefully weigh both options.
If you choose to dress up your pet, just be sensitive to their needs and feelings. By doing so, you can enjoy the outfits and at the same time, make sure they are happy and healthy.