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Does My Dog Need Clothes

by Nikki Carroll

These days, dog clothes are enormously in vogue, but are they completely for show or can they be valuable also? Surprisingly, they can go either way depending on the clothing in question. For example, costumes are usually solely for the owner?s delight, and are usually harmless although, the joy of seeing our little ones dressed up like Batman or Wonder Woman is precious.

On the other hand, when winter hits, even most veterinarians would suggest extra protection from the elements. Dr. Bruce Ogle, author of several dog books, says "Small dogs and delicate breeds with thin single coats may need additional protection from the winter rain and cold." For this purpose a quality small dog sweater can be very beneficial, even essential, to small breeds like Chihuahuas or Min Pins that lose heat quickly and easily. You may find some that disagree with dressing dog, but clothing for dogs are not only adorable, but can serve a valuable function.

Another popular item to buy among dog owners is dog accessories. Pet accessories are similar to dog clothes in that some can be frivolous while others can be a necessity. For instance, a bandanna is not going to be of use to a dog, but booties can be. City dwellers know that when winter weather ices over the sidewalks, rock salt is poured out by the bag. The problem with rock salt is that it can cause a dog's feet to bleed and the salt itself can get in the wound and cause further irritation. The dogs? paws, when exposed to the ice and snow, can be cut and the rock salt can not only cause them to bleed but can cause further injury and discomfort. Booties solve this problem and are easier to use than reapplying wax. Even Dr. Fogle says that "if winter is particularly harsh where you live, you could consider insulated boots for your dog." So, if you're having reservations about getting your best friend some dog clothes, remember the benefits.

Nikki Carroll is lucky mother of four pampered dogs and co-owner of with Pet Clothes.

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