Monday, July 13, 2015

Product Review: Medical Pet Shirt

The Medical Pet Shirt was developed in the Netherlands for pets recovering from surgery, injury, or skin problems. It's basically a dog onesie. It can also be used for females in season, and incontinent pets. This shirt features a snap closure that covers the anus and genitals, and a turtleneck collar. It is available in ten sizes to fit dogs measuring 8.5-36" from base of neck to base of tail. Medical Pet Shirts are also available for cats and rabbits.
Photo by Erin Koski

I found this shirt at a thrift store, and I bought it because it was weird. I've since discovered that these are only available from veterinarians. This is not something that Brisbane needs at the moment, but it certainly would have been useful several times in the past.

The Medical Pet Shirt is something that just...makes sense. It is unique and does things I've never seen another dog product do. All this time, we've been improvising with t-shirts, baby clothes, diapers, and wraps.
Photo by Erin Koski

What we really needed was a dog onesie. You know those baby bodysuits that snap at the crotch? This is the dog version. It snaps and also velcros at the crotch to cover up all the important bits. The back underside is also lined with a sort of pocket, which allows for absorbent material to be held in place for incontinent dogs or bitches in season.

The Medical Pet Shirt solves a lot of problems that I and my friends have experienced. Dog scratching himself bloody? Licking her lady bits raw? Slithering out of his bellyband and going on a pee-spree? Diaper just won't stay on? Here is a comfortable and ergonomic solution.

Pros: Fitted turtleneck does not stretch or slide down, and can be pulled up under a cone to protect the neck. Snap-and-velcro closures stay on securely even through scooting on the floor, and are easy to undo for potty breaks. Machine washable. Fits really well. Protects everything but the head, tail, and legs.

Cons: Not available for retail purchase in the US. Only come in one color.

Bottom Line: Now I can get rid of the collection of childrens shirts I have for keeping Brisbane from scratching himself up when his allergies are terrible. I will be sure to tell my friends and coworkers that these exist so they can do the same.

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