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Sweater Weather is Cancelled

Madi Keezer

Posted on November 3, 2020 03:05

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While sweaters look fantastic on humans, they do not belong on dogs when they're not outside.

As the weather begins to get colder, we near what’s known as "sweater weather." Don't get me wrong, I love sweaters. They're a staple of any fall outfit, not to mention very cozy. But while I love them on humans, I do not think they have any place on a dog. 

The most common reason I hear for putting a sweater on a dog is to protect them from the cold. However, a lot of dogs are already protected from the cold by their hair. Some dogs, though, like chihuahuas, bulldogs and short-haired dogs do benefit from an extra layer during the winter months. But, once the dog comes inside, there is no reason for them to wear a sweater. This is where the problems begin. An excess amount of time in a sweater can cause the dog to overheat. All dog owners should know the signs of an overheating dog, including bright red and blue gums, panting and vomiting.  

Additionally, it can cause skin problems. Fleas can cause allergies. Atopic dermatitis is also a common complaint in veterinarian offices. This is caused by allergies and is a chronic skin condition. Both of these issues are results of dogs wearing jackets and sweaters for extended periods of time. It can also cause chafing. Although it may look cute, pet owners shouldn't ignore the damage it can do to their dog. 

On a less scientific note, I'm also against dog sweaters and other accessories due to the fact that, frankly, they look dumb. In the end, a dog is an animal. They're not meant to be dressed in people's clothes, especially if the purpose is purely cosmetic. These borderline-designer pieces of clothing are usually over the top. The dog rarely, if ever, looks comfortable. Even in simple sweaters, dogs seem to look constricted. In my experience, all dogs in clothing look uncomfortable and tense. Because it is not essential to the dog's warmth, can be detrimental to its health, and looks as if it makes the dogs uncomfortable, I think dog sweaters should not be in the picture this winter.

Madi Keezer

Posted on November 3, 2020 03:05

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A piece of clothing your dog is actually allowed to chew on!

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