While walking your pet in the rain is hardly ever fun, there’s one thing that can save you both from rainy-day misery: a simple, adorable pet raincoat.
We went to pet experts to get tips on choosing one. Aside from the obvious — the coat should be made of water-repellent material — they offered a few other general guidelines. “Ensure the jacket fits snugly, but not too tight,” advises Sarah-Anne Reed, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance consulting holistic dog trainer, owner of Pack Dynamics and mom to English bulldog Tootsie. “Make sure it doesn’t restrict movement, especially under the dog’s legs.”
Also, it should easily accommodate your dog’s harness and leash. “To avoid the coat rotating during the walk, or interfering with the leash, look for either a hole to connect to a back harness, or choose a harness/raincoat combo with a chest attachment location,” advises Chris Menges, a veterinarian in Austin, Texas.