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Choosing Clothes for Your Dog

Winter is just around the corner! Whether you love or hate wearing winter clothes, this is the time of year to pull your boots and sweaters out of storage. If you have a dog, your canine buddy may also need a winter wardrobe. Read on as a local Somerville, MA vet offers some fashion tips for Fido.

Basics

Not all dogs need extra protection against the cold. If you have a pooch with thick fur, such as a husky, Fido may actually overheat in a doggy sweater. However, pups with thin fur often do need a sweater or jacket on frigid days.

Fit

Making sure your canine companion’s clothes fit properly is very important! Before you go shopping for Fido, get his measurements and then text them to yourself. That way, you’ll always have them with you. Unless you don’t mind taking your furry friend’s things to the dry cleaner, look for pieces that are machine washable.

Style

There’s no reason you can’t have some fun with your four-legged buddy’s wardrobe. If you have a sweet female dog, try a pretty pink sweater on her. Or, if you have a rugged bulldog, see if Fido looks cute in a sports jersey.

Fido’s Opinion

Let your four-legged friend have a say in his outfit. If Fido hates wearing clothes, don’t try to force him to accept them. Just keep in mind that your furry pal may get chilly faster, and limit his outdoor time on cold days.

Footwear

Snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icing agents can all do a number on Fido’s furry feet. If possible, put booties on your pooch before walking him. Of course, not all of our canine pals will go for wearing footwear. If your dog doesn’t like wearing shoes, use paw balm or wax to protect his delicate paw pads.

Tips

Always put your pet’s comfort and safety first. Never put Fido in anything that is tight, hot, itchy, or constricting. You’ll also want to avoid clothes with zippers, as they tend to catch dogs’ fur. Items with small parts, like buttons, should also be avoided. You definitely don’t want your canine friend trying to eat his clothing! Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? We are always happy to help! Contact us, your Somerville, MA pet hospital, today!

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