The Dog Onesie
Ok, I know they look odd but actually, the new trend for the dog onesie has actually got some surprising benefits and is certainly a lot more than a new fashion statement for dogs.
I have been amazed when out walking, to see dogs wearing head to toe bodysuits which resemble baby romper suits. My first thought was ‘They are dogs – why would you do that to them?’ and also ‘How on Earth do you put them on a dog?’
So when chatting to fellow dog walkers about the incessant rain etc I slipped the questions that were bothering me into the conversation and found that there are actually some great advantages to the dog onesie.
I wanted to share some of the advantages and disadvantages of this new trend and discuss some important points.
My main concern, as always is for the dogs.
Are dog onesies comfortable?
Does the dog feel silly dressed in an oversized baby grow?
Shouldn’t dogs be allowed to get muddy?
Does a dog get too hot dressed in this way?
What happens when the fabric gets wet?
After researching the brand I found several benefits that genuinely surprised me.
Advantages of A Dog Onesie
Obviously, the onesie stops the dog from getting muddy and protects against Alabama Rot which is quite widespread in the UK. It also stops the dog from picking up ticks.
The onesie can be worn as a substitute for a medical cone which is used to deter the dog from biting and licking surgery wounds, skin infections, insect bites or rashes. It also ensures that the dog can eat and drink normally and move around freely. The plastic cones are cumbersome and uncomfortable for the dog to wear and restrict eyesight and movement. This is the last thing you want for a dog who is feeling unwell or recovering from surgery. The onesie would not only help to stop the dog from getting to the wound but also keep the area clean, so that it heals quicker. A plastic cone is troublesome if the dog is crated, whereas the onesie allows the dog to rest in a comfortable position.
The snug fit can make anxious dogs feel more secure, in a similar way to how mothers swaddle babies. This could be extremely beneficial if the dog has a fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, other dogs or being left alone. It is important that the correct fit is purchased if the garment is required for this purpose. The size depends on the weight of the dog and it comes in eight sizes ranging from 4lbs to 150lbs.
Other ways to help dog anxiety can be found here.
The dog onesie is designed to contain the dog hair within the suit to reduce excessive pet fur around the home.
In my opinion, this wouldn’t work as a permanent solution but it could help if the dog comes into contact with someone that suffers from allergies. It can also help to keep specific areas clear of dog hair eg the car or kitchen and worn at certain times of the year when the dog is shedding heavily.
A onesie can be helpful if the dog suffers from allergies (eg pollen) or when a female dog is in season.
It would be a huge benefit if you have a long-haired dog who enjoys walks on sandy beaches
The special fabric is lightweight, stretchy and breathable with a zip along the underside of the garment which can be unzipped when the dog wants to urinate.
The fabric dries quickly in wet conditions and also means that the dog remains cool when wearing it.
It can be washed regularly in the washing machine and dries quickly. This is a complete time-saver if you have a dog who loves to roll around in mud and fox poo.
Onesies are also available without leg coverage. These would be suitable for dogs with short legs like dachshunds, corgis, and chihuahuas.
The Shed Defender is available in 8 sizes and there is a choice of black, red, blue or pink. These are available in the United States but shipped worldwide.
Disadvantages of a Dog Onesie
The outfits are not for all dogs and if the dog is not happy I would not recommend one. Read the instructions before putting on to cut down on stress for the dog.
I don’t think the onesie should be worn at all times to prevent shedding in the home. If allergies are a problem or you don’t want pet hair in the home there are breeds that are known to be minimal shedders.
Examples of low shedding dog breeds and how to reduce shedding in the home can be found here
One disadvantage I can foresee is that the onesie would not be an adequate replacement for the plastic medical cone if the dog is an aggressive chewer. The fabric would rip if the dog was absolutely intent on getting to the wound.
The dog onesie should not be used as a substitute for adequate dog grooming. Brushing and occasional bathing are also really important.
How To Put On and Take Off
There is a really helpful video on the Amazon website which shows How To Put On The Shed Defender
Take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the outfit and only put it on the dog once you know which way round it goes.
Slip over the head, insert the legs then zip down from the chest to the underside of the tail.
The onesie can simply be unzipped when the dog needs to toilet, there is no need to take it off.
The following dog onesies are available on Amazon UK.
I think it is safe to say that the dog onesie is not suitable for every dog. However, in certain circumstances, it can be a complete game-changer and make life much easier for the owner and the dog too. In this instance, suitability is down to the individual dog’s personality and not just on breed, shape and size. A good dog owner knows his dog extremely well and can weigh up the advantages or disadvantages of the onesie.
Have you ever used a dog onesie? If you have let me know in the comments below what you think of them. I would love to know!
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