You’re scrolling through your social networks and come across cute videos featuring cats and dogs dressed in costumes. You may have smiled and now you’re thinking about dressing up your pet this winter. Sure, it’s adorable, but is it a good idea?
“I am against the idea of dressing up pets. With the onset of harsh winters, and to prevent pets from feeling uncomfortable, I do suggest light sweaters made of cotton fabric. For short hair breed dogs, that are smaller, lighter and less furry – sweaters, shirts, mittens work perfectly. Also, it is advisable to make them wear sweaters for a shorter duration as the skin needs breathing, “ says Dr Aditi Tiwari, Veterinarian.
“Long hair breed dogs have an extra layer of insulating fur-built in. and thus require no dressing up. Sequins and frills are a big no-no,”She continues.
For some pet parents, booties protect their pet’s paws and are safe specially for regular walks in the neighbourhood. “I make sure that Apple, my furry friend, wears shoes while stepping out because due to cold weather, floors are usually wet and shoes protect them and they can go for their regular walks,”Shwetta Parashar, actress
Pet parents love their pets and will do everything to protect them. We would not want them to be hurt.
“The young pet parent cares for both appearance and for comfort, we’ve heard people talk about how low temperatures, especially in North India, shouldn’t inhibit the outdoor exercise their pet needs to be healthy,” says Varun Sadana, Co-founder, Supertails.
Find the perfect fit
Understand your dog’s requirements
Select items that offer protection against the cold to protect your dog. Warm sweaters and coats are great for dogs with less hair, but it can be dangerous to cover a furry pet with warm clothing.
Choose colors wisely
A dog’s vision is different from humans. Dogs only see muted shades of yellow and brown, gray, green, and blue. It is therefore better to find out which colours your dog can recognize and then choose clothing based on those.
Take comfort into consideration
Good quality fabrics are more comfortable for dogs than clothes made of cheap materials. Avoid brightly colored buttons, fringes, and feathers. Your dog could swallow them, which can cause choking hazards. Take into consideration your dog’s temperament as some dogs might like full clothing while others can only tolerate something simple. If your dog doesn’t respond to your clothing choice, then do not force them to wear it.
You can give your pet accessories such as a bandana, hat, collar, leash, or bows that will complement their whole look. If your pet is more indoor-oriented, you can get a good quality bed and a harness.
(Inputs by Shreya jain, Fashion, Health & Lifestyle Influencer and Dr Aditi Tiwari, Veterinarian