Like any other proud pet-owner, you might wonder if your furry baby can wear dog pajamas to bed. This isn’t an uncommon question, especially when pooches touting fashionable clothing seems to be a more common occurrence. In order to answer this question, you’ll first need to look at the types of dog clothes available.
Since dogs have become less and less of a pet and more akin to a true family member, there has been an increase in what types of clothes are available to dogs. Most people have seen a collar or a bandana around a dog’s neck, but there are also t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, mittens, and, yes, even dog pajamas.
While there is debate about the ethics of dressing an animal that has no control in the decision, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) states that dressing a dog is okay as long as the dog doesn’t show signs of distress. The American Kennel Club (AKC) actually encourages pet owners to become knowledgeable on pet safety. They even provide resources on what clothes are safe- and even which clothes should (or shouldn’t) be worn.
If this doesn’t clearly quell any questions, the answer is simple: ultimately it is up to the dog’s comfort as to whether or not he or she needs pajamas or other articles of clothing. Dogs with short coats would benefit from the added clothing at night, whereas a long-haired dog would overheat and be miserable as a result. If you do decide that your dog needs pajamas, be sure that you take measurements before purchasing the clothes.
Light research would show you that any clothes would do for a dog. However, it is still important to keep the dog’s measurements and comfort in mind, especially when contemplating clothes for sleeping. Be aware and avoid clothes with frills or other dangling pieces that will affect your dog’s movement, sleep health and happiness. If you can, find clothes that indicate they are safe for washing machines.
A highly skilled company that specializes in dog clothing is the best way to go. For example, Tooth & Honey have successfully made clothes for dogs with body-types in mind. The company does put an emphasis on making clothes for dogs shaped similarly to a pit bull, as Tooth & Honey wants to shed positive light on bully breeds and encourage dog owners to adopt and rescue.
If you’re not as concerned with brands, find a set of pajamas that are breathable, easy to put on and take off, and are soft. Gauging these factors with online stores can be difficult, particularly if you cannot see the pictures clearly or certain features such as zippers and buttons are hidden from view. If you need to order dog clothes online, be sure to carefully read the reviews and imagine your dog walking around with it on. Worst case scenario is having to return the clothes because your dog does not like them.
If you want to pick up some pajamas for your furry friend, check out Paws Purrs for a wide selection of PJs to choose from.