Winter is here. No, this is not the season finale of The Game of Thrones, but the reality of time. It is that time of the year you call upon your winter coat and boots. While you at it, remember your four-legged buddy needs winter clothing as well.
Do they? Or is it just an excuse to show off your four-legged buddy’s winter fashion sense??
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Come with me let’s explore why your dogs need winter clothing.
But first off, I want you to understand that beloved pooch has lost what it takes to survive successfully in the wild including weather extremes through the process of domestication.
Therefore as the caregiver, you must look after your dog’s welfare to ensure their comfort and health. And winter clothing has numerous benefits which makes them an essential tool for achieving that end.
These benefits explain why you need winter clothing for your dog.
What are the benefits?
- Protection from the elements
Rain jackets will keep your dog dry, coats and pajamas will help to keep him warm during the day and night. Boots will protect the pads and prevent winter cracks and cold sores.
Don’t assume your pooch is immune to the winter cold just because they are indoors or because they have fur. That’s far from the truth- just like you and me, the catch the cold too.
If your fur baby is hairless or very little/short hair, they are more likely to feel the impact of the winter cold more. So it is important to get them bundled up in winter clothing to keep them warm and cozy.
The beautiful thing about most pet clothing these days is that they have useful features that play functional roles.
Most winter coats have reflective materials as part of their designs to make it easier for the dog to be seen by drivers and other road users. This is especially important when you go on evening walks with your four-legged buddy during the short winter days.
- Health considerations
Puppies, geriatrics, and sick dogs have weak immune systems and are less likely to generate and regulate heat efficiently. They are thus susceptible to the cold which can readily predispose them to additional health problems. Hence, the need for winter clothing to provide these set of dogs with warmth.
- Convenience and Hygiene
Pajamas at night will help trap falling hairs rather than allow them to fly around in addition to keeping your dog warm at night.
A rain jacket will keep your pet dry thus avoiding the rigors of towel drying them. Additionally, the chance of your dog shaking off their wet fur all over the house or car is minimized or eliminated.
Also equally important is, prevention of matting through the use of rain jackets. Matting is more likely to occur in a dog that is always getting wet especially with breeds with longer fur.
Using clothing will save you the stress and time in grooming required to restore your dog back to normal condition.
Dressing up your dog in coats and boots makes him look attractive. This speaks well of you as the owner, and it is a means of making a statement.
- Good economics
Finally, winter clothing will not just keep your dog warm and comfortable, but it will also save you the trip to the veterinarian. If your dog is not adequately protected against the biting cold of winter, it can predispose your dog to infections and diseases. And this means spending time and resources on treatments and the additional emotional cost of tending a sick pet.
By using winter clothing, you keep your dog healthy and attractive, while making life easier for yourself. So it is a win-win situation and a no-brainer.