Winter Clothes for Dogs – Frou Frou or Practical?

by on January 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Whether you’ve seen them on TV or around your own neighborhood, it’s likely that you’ve spotted a few dogs wearing cozy winter wear, from jackets to booties.  While some may scoff that dressing an animal is unnecessary and over-the-top, some experts may disagree.

Dr. Becker, a practicing veterinarian who is commonly referred to as “America’s Veterinarian”, contributing to programs such as “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show”, suggests that there are several kinds of dogs who may benefit from a little extra insulation during chilly months.

Dogs that are very small, elderly, chronically ill or have a thin body type (such as Greyhounds) generally have a difficult time producing and retaining body heat on their own.  While they may not necessarily “need” a coat or sweater, helping keep them dry and warm certainly can’t hurt.

For older dogs, arthritis is a common problem that is exacerbated by cold, damp weather. Keeping pets with this condition warm helps alleviate flare-ups and may make walks more enjoyable.

For dogs with sensitive skin, salt and chemicals used to melt snow and ice on the sidewalks can irritate paws, leaving them raw and sore.  Often times, this leads a pet to licking his tender feet, which can be dangerous if paws aren’t wiped clean after time outside. In these instances, putting on a pair of pet booties may be a good solution.

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