The choice of material is very important for many reasons. The first is that it determines just how comfortable the blanket will be for the dog. In this case, polyester is one of the best options. In addition to being incredibly soft, it is highly breathable. Sometimes that extra breeze is all that is needed to take things to the next comfort level.
The material also determines the amount of warmth your dog gets to enjoy. This is particularly important to consider when shopping for a blanket to use in extremes of weather whether it is warm summer months or chilly winter nights. Wool is ideal for colder months while cotton is fantastic for hot weather. Polyester again stands out as it offers the best of both worlds and is therefore ideal for all-weather use.
In addition to the type of material, you need to consider the threading and finishing on the blanket. Options here include fleece, flannel, microfiber, and Sherpa. These determine the surface feel of the blanket. Some like Sherpa also contribute to the insulation effect for warmth.
With fleece options in particular, you will come across a lot of variety denoted by a specific GSM value. This in full is grams per square meter and is a measure of the weight and overall density of the fabric. Higher values of 250 to 300 and above are preferable if you want something heavy for use during very cold months. Lower values of below 200 are light and awesome for use in warm weather as in addition to being light are usually more breathable.
The size of the blanket
This determines the size of dog that you can comfortably cover using the blanket. The best part is that, more often than not, brands give suggestions of breeds and ages that can comfortably use different sizes of the blanket. You could also get some insight from the review section on the blanket that you are interested in.
What matters most is that you get something that will offer full coverage to the dog and then some. With the extra space, they can roll around in their sleep without fully falling out of the range of cozy cover from the blanket. In this case, it doesn’t hurt to go a size up especially if you are shopping for a growing doggy.
However, you could size down if you want a blanket you could use as a surface mat for your carpets, furniture or even the dog’s kennel.
Overall construction quality
The construction quality plays a huge role in determining the overall durability of the material. One of the key features to look out for in this case is whether or not the blanket is built to be pill-resistant. Pilling refers to fabric shedding. In addition to being completely inconvenient to clean up and uncomfortable for your dog, this shedding leads to faster ageing of the blanket into a dysfunctional mess with several bald spots.
Another crucial feature when it comes to determining construction quality is the stitching particularly along the edges. Here, you can never really go wrong with double stitching. This not only looks good but also prevents deterioration in the form of fraying edges.
Pet safety features
As a dog owner, your furry buddy’s safety should be one of your biggest priorities. With dog blankets, this means getting something that will not cause any kind of reaction whether it is skin irritation or pulmonary reactions.
One way to get this perk is by going with hypoallergenic blankets. These are ideal for dogs with allergies to specific fabrics or to particulate matter. The blankets are designed with high quality materials like polyester or cotton. These materials are safe both through their composition and the fact that they do not pill off into irritating particles. No more sniffles or weird skin reactions for your doggy.
You should also take this into consideration when picking out prints. First off, make sure you get prints made from pet-friendly dyes. Secondly, stay away from stitch prints which often end up irritating your dog’s skin by creating friction.
Ease of maintenance
Dog blankets tend to get dirty very easily. Whether it is potty accidents, dander buildup or dirty paws, this can be a nightmare to deal with. You should therefore look for something that is easy to maintain as you make your decision of which dog blanket to go with.
Machine-washable options are by far the best option. All you have to do here is throw it into a washer and dryer and you are good to go. This is a particularly vital consideration with plush-finish alternatives that tend to be more delicate. The last thing you want is something comfortable but impossible to maintain.
What the blanket looks like actually matters. The dog, of course, couldn’t care less as all they want is something comfortable. However, the design makes a huge difference for you as the dog owner. You might want something that blends in seamlessly with your interior décor themes. In this case, neutral options like most of those on our list should do the job.
However, if you want something flashier, prints are the way to go. These help you announce to guests that your’s is a dog-friendly home. They are also perfect for giving as gifts or for use in doggy themed spaces. Whatever the case, a paw print here and a splash of color there won’t hurt if that is your preference.