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Tips for Dressing Your Dog

October 15, 2018

Does your dog have thin fur? If so, Fido may need a bit of extra protection from the cold in winter. After all, Ontario isn’t exactly known for warm weather! There are quite a few things to consider when buying clothes for your canine buddy, however. A local Thorold, ON vet discusses shopping for Fido in this article.


Making sure that your pet’s clothes fit tightly is very important. You may want to take your dog’s measurements, and then text them to yourself. That way, when you are out shopping, you’ll already have them with you. If your furry pal is still a puppy, leave a bit of room to grow.


You may want to get your pup a few different outfits. Fido may just need a windbreaker on chilly fall and spring days. When it’s raining out, your canine pal might appreciate having a doggy raincoat. You’ll also want to get him something heavier for those frigid winter days. Look for breathable materials.


Avoid anything with small parts, like buttons. Dogs sometimes try to eat these, which can be very dangerous. We also recommend staying away from zippers, as they can catch in Fido’s fur. Needless to say, that could be pretty unpleasant for your four-legged pal!


Always check the label before making a purchase. Unless you don’t mind hand washing your canine friend’s things or taking them to a laundromat, opt for things that are machine washable.


If you like sewing, and/or try to upcycle things when you can, you may want to try making your furry friend’s clothes. Another option is to upcycle a child’s sweater into an outfit for Fido. Look online for patterns and/or step-by-step instructions.


Many people enjoy dressing their pets up in costumes. This is fine, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Don’t force your canine companion to wear a costume if he isn’t comfortable with it. Fido will still be adorable with a simple bandana or bow tie around his neck! As with regular doggy clothing, you’ll need to pick something that fits well, and isn’t tight, hot, or itchy. Avoid anything flammable, as well as anything that restricts your pup’s movements or vision.

Please reach out to us, your Thorold, ON vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!