"Paws" for Protection:
The Value of Canine Clothing

While dogs seem to thrive just fine in their "natural" furry outerwear, they can also benefit from the many advantages and assistance that customized canine clothing offers. Along with protection from the elements, and helping to regulate heat and body temperature, coats and boots can even allow your dog to express his or her fashionable personality.

Just as we are indoors most of the time, so are the majority of dogs. Many breeds do not have adequately thick coats to spend significant time outdoors comfortably, and need extra clothing to go outside — just like we do. Dog coats and linings, which are available in many different fabrics, including waterproof, could be the perfect solution for a blustery day. Rain gear will keep your dog dry in the rain, while sweaters can be perfect for adding snuggly warmth to an elderly or sick friend.

Canine clothing offers other advantages indoors, as well. For itchy pets, or ones with allergies, a dog shirt can make their skin less accessible, thus reducing chewing, licking, and scratching. A shirt can also provide a barrier between the allergens and the dog's skin, and help reduce symptoms. It can also trap some of the dander that irritates human allergies, and allows it to be washed away, instead of spread on floors and furniture, and cut down our own sneezing and discomfort.

Footwear protects the vulnerable soles of feet from objects that may potentially do harm, and although the structure of a dog's foot is more adequately equipped for unprotected travel than ours, specially designed dog boots can prove very helpful to your pet's well-being in certain situations.

Throughout the winter, boots can protect sensitive paws from chilling temperatures, road salts and ice melts, cold snow and moisture, as well as offer traction on areas that may be slick and frozen over. During periods of extreme heat, boots can help your dog avoid the discomfort of walking on sun-beaten asphalt. Summer and warmer conditions also bring out insects that may plaque your pup with itchy bites on their legs as they wander through tall grass or brush. Boots can keep those at bay, while also offering protection against lawn treatments, and help prevent cuts from broken glass, rocks, thorns, and other sharp objects that may be hidden in their path. All boots are designed to protect your dog's legs and paws, increase performance, and restrict them from areas that may be bandaged or healing.

Even the hardiest beasts would appreciate an extra layer of comfort from the cold. Shop our wide selection of canine clothing and footwear today.

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  • Updated: 10/8/2019: 12:29:27 PM ET