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Our Bodysuits are Designed with Your Pup in Mind

We’re committed to providing the best bodysuit to support your dog’s health, wellness and quality of life. While our Lycra Bodysuit provides a number of solutions to common pet problems, we went the extra mile to ensure their safety and well-being as well. 

We Put our Lycra BodySuit to the Test

Overheating was our biggest concern when we introduced our Lycra Bodysuit and in 2004, we had a study conducted by the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to determine if our Lycra Bodysuit was safe to wear and wouldn’t cause overheating. 

The bodysuit was tested under normal and rigorous conditions to yield a statistically valid and supportable study which concluded that our Lycra Bodysuit would not overheat dogs – even at temperatures of up to 95 degrees.

Here are the full findings from the study:

Effects of a whole-body spandex garment on rectal temperature and oxygen consumption in healthy dogs.

S. Brent Reimer, DVM; Kurt S. Schulz, DVM, MS, DACVS; David R. Mason, BVet Med; James H. Jones, PhD, DVM

K9 Top Coat
January 1, 2004 (Vol. 224, No. 1)

Objective: To determine whether a full-body spandex garment would alter rectal temperatures of healthy dogs at rest in cool and warm environments.

Design: Prospective study. | Animals: 10 healthy dogs.

Procedures: Each dog was evaluated at a low (20 to 25C [68 to 77F]) or high (30 to 35C [86 to 95F]) ambient temperature while wearing or not wearing a commercially available whole-body spandex garment designed for dogs. Oxygen consumption was measured by placing dogs in a flow-through indirect calorimeter for 90 to 120 minutes. Rectal temperature was measured before dogs were placed in the calorimeter and after they were removed.

Results: Rectal temperature increased significantly more at the higher ambient temperature than at the lower temperature and when dogs were not wearing the garment than when they were wearing it. The specific rate of oxygen consumption was significantly higher at the lower ambient temperature than at the higher temperature.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Results suggest that wearing a snug spandex body garment does not increase the possibility that dogs will overheat while in moderate ambient temperatures. Instead, wearing such a garment may enable dogs to better maintain body temperature during moderate heat loading. These results suggest that such garments might be used for purposes such as wound or suture protection without causing dogs to overheat. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004;224:7174)
From the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (Reimer) and the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences (Schulz, Mason, Jones), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. Dr. Reimer’s present address is Michigan State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, East Lansing, MI 48824. Dr. Mason’s present address is the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
Presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, March 2003.
Supported by the K-9 Top Coat Company.
The authors thank Drs. Lyn Smith and Jarred Lyons for technical assistance and John Doval for assistance with the illustration.
Address correspondence to Dr. Jones.

2000-2004 American Veterinary Medical Association. All rights reserved.

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Other Benefits your furry friend will love

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dogs mind wearing the suit?

Thousands of pups have worn our bodysuits over the years and 99.9% enjoyed wearing them. Dogs that aren’t used to wearing apparel may need a little encouragement to feel comfortable. Giving them a treat or doing a fun activity when the suit is on will help them understand that wearing their suit is a positive experience. 

CAN MY DOG GO TO THE BATHROOM WEARING THE LYCRA BODYSUIT?

Yes, our bodysuits have a unisex design so that males and females can go to the bathroom at their convenience without you having to unzip or take it off. Because of their anatomy, some males may need the abdominal zipper left slightly undone. Because of  the suit’s special non-travel zipper, the zipper will stay in place, and the suit will not open or unzip. 

If you purchase a bodysuit with an abdominal panel, the panel must be removed for male dogs to urinate. Females are still able to use the bathroom at their convenience with the abdominal panel in place.

HOW LONG CAN MY DOG WEAR HIS LYCRA BODYSUIT?

The length of wear varies from pup to pup. The average use is approximately 2 to 15 hours. Our bodysuits’ form-fitting design along with its 4-way stretch, lightweight and breathable material allows for prolonged use. For long term medical use, we reccommend taking the suit off your pup once a day to check any areas in the process of healing. 

Many pet parents replace the Elizabethan collar (cone of shame) with our Lycra Bodysuit after surgery. Others have pups with allergies that required wearing our bodysuit daily to alleviate the itching/scratching and allow their skin to heal. Some pet parents also use our suit to control shedding in the house/car, protect their pups from ticks/burrs, and keep their fur clean and reduce grooming time.

MY DOG LOVES TO TAN. WHAT ARE THE BEST COLORS TO KEEP HIM COOL?
Our Lycra Bodysuit comes in eight colors to match your pup’s personality but if your dog loves to soak up the sun, we recommend our cooler colors (Silver and Turquoise) that help reflect the sun. All of our Lycra Bodysuits are rated UPF 50+, which means they block out 98% of harmful UV rays to protect your pup from skin cancer and other UV-related issues.
CAN MY DOG WEAR THEIR LYCRA BODYSUIT IN THE WATER?

Yes, the lightweight and breathable material allows your pup to swim freely while wearing their suit. While swimming, the water may stretch the suit a bit, however you can throw it in the dryer to quickly restore it back to its original state.

Can the Legs of the Lycra Bodysuit be Modified?

Yes. Once you try your pup’s bodysuit on and determine it is the correct fit, you can customize the leg length to what is best for your pup. Our bodysuit material is designed so that it won’t run or fray when cut. To get the desired leg length, take the suit off and cut the excess material off the legs. 

If the legs on the suit you purchased are too short, you may request additional material from us (free of charge) and have a local seamstress extend the legs to just the right length for your pup.