Buying clothes for a dog might seem a bit strange to some people, but there are actually some very good reasons why you should consider splashing out on some stylish apparel for your pet. Coats, in particular, offer excellent protection from extreme weather and can help prevent some of the most common ailments that afflict this treasured companion, helping to keep down vets bills. At the same time, a quality coat can be a fantastic fashion accessory that gives a dog its own unique sense of style.
But what are the different types of dog coat available and what benefits do they bring? While there are a huge range of different coats available, covering a myriad of shapes, styles and sizes, you’ll find that dog coats generally fall into one of three general categories:
Waterproof coats are essentially designed to keep dogs dry and sit quite comfortably on top of the animal. Regularly taking one out with you on rainy winter walks will stop your dog from bringing unwanted moisture into the house, meaning that you won’t have to worry as much about damp carpets or the dog rubbing itself against furniture to get dry.
A waterproof coat is also very beneficial for your pets health. Not only will it help prevent colds, its better for older dogs who suffer from joint pains. A dog that’s cold and damp from the rain will likely feel these pains flare up, so a waterproof coat could prove essential to keeping your dog happy.
Cold Weather Coats
Like waterproofs, these coats are intended to protect dogs from the adverse effects of miserable weather. However, cold weather coats go further in that they’re designed to keep the dog’s body heat at a normal level even in the coldest conditions. Quilted coats, for example, contain air pockets that trap the heat generated by the dog’s body, effectively insulating the dog and providing extra warmth. What’s more, these types of coat often feature attractive patterns or designs, meaning that they are the perfect marriage of fashion and function.
Hot Weather Coats
While you might think that a coat would be the last thing that a dog would want to wear in hot weather, they can actually be really beneficial. Long walks in the summer sun can leave dogs feeling dehydrated and exhausted. Cooling coats work by drawing the heat out of the dogs body, allowing regulation of body temperature that keeps the dog cool, calm and collected. This means that the dog will become far less agitated in hot conditions, which will make it happier and healthier in the long term.
As we can see, dog coats offer a number of benefits and are available to suit a range of situations. While your dog may at first resist his new coat and cause a fuss, you can be sure that the comfort these coats bring will make him or her appreciate it before long.
Laura Smith is a partner in The Waggy Tails Store, which sells dog accessories online and at country shows. Waggy Tails stock a range of dog coats, including Ancol dog coats for the cold and wet and Prestige cool dog coats for the height of summer.