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Do Dogs Need To Wear Jackets?

Do dogs need to wear jackets, or are they purely for show? Dr. Mel explains why a jacket can be used for more than keeping your dog warm...

"Do dogs really need to wear coats? I mean after all they do have a pretty thick coat that they are born with. But do we need to put these clothes on them, are we doing it just for show and to have a laugh?

As a veterinarian I do recommend that a dog wears a coat. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it doesn’t matter what fashion it follows. It can serve a few purposes. For example if it’s really cold it can reduce the chill factor. If it's raining it can stop them from getting wet and getting cold so if it's really cold outside like it is today then a coat can actually help them to stay nice and warm. If you notice though that they are overheating because they are panting you need to take it off. The other thing that the coat can do, this is a special type of coat, is it can actually relax the dog. If a dog is very anxious, they’ve done a bit of research and they came up with a jacket that is very tight not uncomfortable, it’s stretchy and you put it on the dog I actually use it on my dog. They relax as soon as it goes on. He’s less of a maniac and less reactive to everything, it’s amazing. So if your dog falls into that category, dressing them in a particular type of coat can serve a purpose for behaviour as well."

Dr Mel’s Tips

  • A coat will keep your pet warm and dry
  • Some coats can help relax your pet

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.