Veterinarians warn against wearing them on pets

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Jumping a dog at Christmas might sound like a fun festive idea, but one veterinarian urges owners to avoid putting dogs in costumes because they can lead to itching and discomfort.

According to Sean McCormack, Chief Veterinarian at, The cheap materials commonly used in making Christmas outfits may leave our little ones allergic. They may look adorable, but our four-legged friends don’t need a festive outfit to join in the holiday cheer.

With Christmas Day fast approaching, it can be more tempting than ever to dress up your furry friend and take him for a photo. As cute as it sounds on Instagram, many dogs don’t actually enjoy wearing jumpers, while others may You get irritated by some of the fabrics the clothes are made from,” Sean warns.

“It’s not just allergic reactions to fabrics that can be a problem, rubbing and restricting movement can irritate your dog, too.”

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What are the signs of a dog having an allergic reaction to cloth?

If your dog is wearing a Christmas sweater, be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of an allergic reaction. Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • crying eyes
  • Excessive scratching
  • Redness of the skin caused by scratching
  • sneeze
  • head shaking
  • swollen feet
  • Itching in the ears
  • Runny nose
  • Bald spots caused by hair loss
  • Wounds on the skin that show a dog scratching

    “If your dog begins to show any of the signs of irritation or a more serious reaction, such as swelling, baldness, cuts, or even infections, it is imperative that you take them to a vet,” explains Sean.

    A dog dressed as a reindeer at Christmas

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    What fabrics are safe for a dog to wear?

    While owners should avoid putting their dogs in any kind of clothing, Sean explains that clothing is made of Pure cotton Less irritating than wool or polyester. Remember: make sure your dog is not wearing clothes for a long period of time. If she starts showing signs of anxiety, take off the costume immediately.

    He adds, “When deciding whether or not to dress your dog in a festive sweater, you should always prioritize their happiness and well-being. Some dogs find wearing any kind of extra clothing very uncomfortable and stressful, and the feeling of discomfort can be almost unrecognizable.”

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