Would you buy dog sunglasses for your canine companion? Usually not listed among the top three dog accessories, these pooch-sized goggles nevertheless have the blessing and recommendation of plenty a veterinarian. So how do you buy a pair of “Doggles?”
Sunglasses for Dogs, Goggles or … Doggles?
The military uses dog sunglasses or goggles to protect working dogs’ eyes from UV rays, flying debris and also rocks and bugs. Give 2 the Troops equates canine eye protection with Doggles, a name-brand owned by a California dog accessories maker.
The actual makers of Doggles are quick to point out that there is a world of difference between dog sunglasses and their goggle dog accessories. For instance, while both products feature UV coating for the canines’ eye protection, Doggle-brand goggles also offer anti-fog, shatterproof lenses and snug fits.
It would stand to reason that dog sunglasses have limited functionality while goggles for dogs (or Doggles) actually put purpose over form. No so, say the makers of Doggie Shades, an Arizona company that specializes in UV-protecting and shatterproof dog sunglasses. An elastic strap prevents the glasses from being shaken off and keeps them perched on the animal’s snout.
Veterinary Thoughts on the Subject
Doggles – and similar dog sunglasses or goggles – are recommended by Zigler Veterinary Professional Corporation for dogs suffering from chronic superficial keratitis (Pannus). The professionals explain that due to its immune-related causes, animals with the lifelong disease greatly benefit from the curtailing of UV rays. It stands to reason that there are other eye health-related reasons for the use of dog sunglasses and similar eyewear.
How to Buy Doggles or Sunglasses for Dogs
Whether you opt for Doggles or dog sunglasses from a different manufacturer, remember that one size does not fit all types of canines. In fact, different manufacturers’ sizing charts most likely also vary one from the other. Always ask for an up-to-date sizing chart from the company you deal with.
Ask the sales rep how the dog’s head should be measured. In some cases, the makers of these dog accessories go by breed while in other instances they prefer to use weight as an indicator of size. Doggie Shades actually lets consumers print out a paper version of their dog sunglasses, which the owner can then carefully fit around the canine companion’s head. If it is a fit, then the odds are good that the actual product will fit as well.
Who knew that buying dog sunglasses required so much foresight?
Give 2 the Troops: “G2TT’s Guide to Donating Items for Our Canine (K-9) Units”
Doggles: “Why Doggles?”
Doggie Shades: “Features”
Zigler Veterinary Professional Corporation: “Chronic Superficial Keratitis (Pannus)”