I have always been a fan of harnesses for dogs, mostly because both of my dogs have a tendency to pull and I don’t like to see them hacking and coughing as they are slowly choked by the collar. But when my dog Lucy was diagnosed with glaucoma it was even more important that I use a harness since the choking effect of a collar can aggravate the pressure in the eye. I had a variety of harnesses already but I had always thought they must have been quite uncomfortable. The straps were rough and the buckles seemed to dig into their body
So my goal was to find the best harness for a dog with glaucoma. Fortunately I didn’t really have to do too much searching because as fate would have it, the right harness came to me without any effort on my part. When I picked up Lucy after her laser surgery in Sydney they brought her out with a harness they had been using on her during her stay. The vet told me that it was important that I use a harness on her instead of a collar and then told me that I could keep the harness. To be more specific she said, “You may as well keep the harness, you’ve spent enough already”. You’re not kidding!
So to get to the point of this, the harness that Lucy was wearing was a Puppia Soft Dog Harness. I had never heard of the brand so had to look it up and of course found them on Amazon. The reviews were excellent so I was happy to see that.
What I Like about the Puppia Soft Dog Harness
What I like most about this harness is that it is nice and soft. You can just see that it is so much more comfortable than regular harnesses. It’s something your dog will be happy to wear for long periods of time.
The other big plus is that this harness is so simple to put on. I have a number of other harnesses and it doesn’t matter how many times I have used them, I am still confused when it comes to putting them on. Is it up or down and does this strap go under the neck and does their leg go in there? They can be quite complicated and when your dog is excited and jumping around ready to go for a walk, it makes it even more difficult. So I really like the Puppia harness because it is pretty simple in it’s design making it easy to put on. I just put her head through the main opening and put her left leg through the other hole and then clip up. I just don’t seem to have the same trouble putting it on as I do with the others.
The Puppia harness has been designed to take the pressure off the neck and place it more on the shoulders. So the pressure is more evenly distributed making it a perfect harness for a dog with glaucoma.
I like it and will be getting one for my sighted dog as well.
I notice that some of the reviewers on Amazon have spoken about sizing issues and one mentioned that the neck size is actually the head size. In other words, you should measure your dogs head size rather than the neck size to get the right dimensions. These harnesses are designed to be put on over the head and the opening for that cannot be adjusted. So if for example, you measure the neck circumference and find that it is 12 inches and you buy the Medium and find that it doesn’t go over your dog’s head then it is because your dogs head is larger than it’s neck circumference.
So to ensure that you get the right size measure the circumference of your dog’s head as well as the neck size. If they vary considerably then this may not be the right harness for your dog, because although you may be able to get it over it’s head, it may be too loose around the shoulders once on.
For my dog Lucy her neck circumference is 13 inches and her head circumference is 14 inches. We have the Large harness and it goes over her head perfectly and fits nicely across her shoulders. Also when measuring the neck girth ensure you don’t measure around the neck but just a little lower. You can see where this is in the image below.
Where Can You Buy the Puppia Soft Dog Harness?
You can buy the harness at Amazon. They have all the various sizes and 12 different colors to choose from.