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Mind the elements as you prepare for National Dress Up Your Pet Day.
If you like calico cats in cowboy hats and terriers in turquoise turtlenecks, you’ll love National Dress Up Your Pet Day. This fun-filled festival of animal fashion falls on January 14 every year.
Before you buy a superhero cape for Comet, find out how to bundle up your fur babies for National Dress Up Your Pet Day.
The Purpose of National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Colleen Paige, Editor-In-Chief of Pet Home magazine, created National Dress Up Your Pet Day to promote pet adoption. Colleen encourages animal lovers to celebrate the occasion by:
- Adopting homeless pets.
- Volunteering at a shelter.
- Donating toys, food, blankets, and other items needed by shelters.
- Sharing photos of dressed-up pets on social media.
If you’re not sure how to put your pet in the proper clothes, we’re here to help.
Picking Out Clothes
When you take part in National Dress Up Your Pet Day, you should do everything possible to keep your critters out of harm’s way.
Don’t put your pet in clothing that:
- Irritates or breaks the skin.
- Restricts breathing.
- Has buttons or other components that could lead to choking.
- Has zippers that could get stuck in fur.
When you’re looking for the perfect outfit, consider the following factors:
- Size of clothing.
- Thickness of material.
- Ease of putting on and removing clothes.
Turn to Google, and you’ll find all kinds of wacky wearables for cats and dogs, including Christmas sweaters, camo hoodies, and bright pink boots. As long as the clothes fit well and present no dangers to your fur babies, give them a whirl. If your pet dislikes those human-made fashions, don’t force them to wear anything.
Consider Temperatures for Cats and Dogs
Most pets, like their human parents, don’t fare well in frosty conditions. As a rule of thumb, most cats and dogs will be safe in temperatures above 45℉.
Your pet’s tolerance of the cold will depend on several factors, including:
- Coat thickness
- Coat color
Dashing through the snow during a vigorous round of fetch will boost body heat. For smaller animals with thinner coats, think about using pet-sized boots and winter coats for extra protection. According to PetMD, a dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101℉ to 102.5℉, and a cat’s body temperature shouldn’t fall to 100℉ or lower.
Low temperatures lead to hypothermia, which causes potentially fatal complications, including:
- Strained breathing
- Heart failure
Though it generally doesn’t cause life-threatening issues, frostbite can lead to hypothermia. Make sure to move your pet inside if you notice any irritation or discomfort in their toes, tail, or ears.
Use These Pet Winter Safety Tips
from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Schedule your pet’s wellness exam for winter, especially if you have an elderly pet affected by arthritis.
- Pay close attention to pets that suffer from hormonal imbalances, kidney disease, heart disease, and diabetes because it’s more difficult for them to regulate body temperature.
- After you bring your pet inside, wipe down their paws to remove harmful chemicals like deicers and antifreeze.
Now you know how to keep your fur babies warm and safe during National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Do you have a plan for handling unexpected vet bills, though?
Talk to your local Pekin Insurance agent about adding Pet Insurance to your Homeowners policy to cover accidental illness and injury expenses for your cats and dogs.