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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