Dressing up Your Pets?

Things to Remember When Choosing Matching Outfits for You and Your Dog

Every year. Americans spend more than $490 million on Halloween costumes for their pets, according to the National Retail Federation. Halloween is definitely a dress-up worthy occasion and an increasing number of pet owners regularly dress their pets in outfits that match their own. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry often dress their dogs in pint-sized versions of their own outfits, while Disney launched a matching dog and owner collection during the course of 2019. When dressing your pet, there are a number of things to consider that will ensure that your beloved furry kid is both comfortable and safe.

Always keep the weather in mind

Unlike humans, pets can’t change outfits when the weather changes. It is therefore the responsibility of the owner to ensure that their matching outfits are well-suited to the weather. In summer, a dog with a thick coat can easily overheat even if they are wearing an outfit made from light-weight material. Full-cover outfits are definitely better-suited to cooler weather with hoodies, football jerseys, and miniature faux fur coats all being stylish and practical choices for winter. When it is hot outside you and your dog can sport matching tank tops, whimsical summer dresses, or band shirts that will keep you both cool and comfortable.

Be mindful of the fabrics you choose

One of the most important things to consider when matching your pet’s outfit to yours is the choice of fabric. Apart from looking stylish, an outfit must not hinder a pet’s ability to run, walk, or play. Natural materials such as the 100% cotton that quality t-shirts are typically made of are ideal. Not only does it stretch to allow for easy movement, but it also ‘breathes’ to keep your dog cool during times of heightened activity. Other materials worth considering include flannel and fleece as they make for comfortable wear and are unlikely to irritate the pet’s skin. If your favorite outfits are made out of nylon or very stiff denim you might want to find a suitable replacement fabric; you should never compromise your pet’s comfort for aesthetics.

Pick your zippers, strips, and buttons carefully

Although no pet has ever had to dress itself, outfits that are easy to put on and take off are an absolute must for any pet owner. When matching your pet’s outfit to yours you may have to make a few compromises. Velcro strips and zippers are typically easier to maneuver than tiny buttons and also pose less of a choking hazard. Try to steer clear of any embellishments such as bows and snaps that may look very nice but can easily pose a choking hazard. If you want to add any details to the outfit make sure they are firmly attached and won’t cause any harm even if they are displaced.

Getting matching outfits for you and your pet can be great fun. Just remember that no outfit should ever compromise your pet’s health and happiness in any way. 

Submitted by Chrissy Jones

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