Pet accessories are an important part of taking care of your
dog. Generally, we use accessories to accentuate the beauty of things. When it comes to pet care accessories are
used to protect your pet from harmful elements. You can also gain a lot of satisfaction from buying accessories
for your pet. There is a wide variety to choose from and you might wonder where to start, particularly if this
is your first pet.
Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing
accessories for your pet:
Dogs usually fare better if they are consistently given one
kind of dog food. In addition to dry, canned, and dog food which requires adding water, there are plenty of
different kinds on the market. From all-natural dog food without any artificial ingredients, to dog food with
extra vitamins, to dog food specially made for a dog’s age and development, you can feel quite overwhelmed when
trying to choose the right one for your new pet. Even if you have owned dogs in the past, it is a good idea to
ask your veterinarian to recommend the most appropriate dog food for your new dog.
Food and water bowls:
Food and water dishes are available in three basic styles.
These include individual dishes, connected dishes, and dishes which hold and dispense the products. You can
decide which style is more convenient for you.
The most important thing about choosing good bowls is that
they are not easily tipped over. You will probably want to check that especially the water bowl is pretty
sturdy. It's vital that your dog has free access to water at all times and one of the ways people are doing this
is by buying large water systems for their pets. Much like human watering systems these will keep your dog with
fresh water for longer.
Whether you want a plain or fancy variety - collars are
important and will be an item you use daily. This means the comfort and fit are important. Experts recommend a
space between the dog’s neck and the collar to be at least 2 fingers wide. A collar should never be too loose or
too tight. Make sure you get a good fit and take your dog along when you buying a collar.
It's not hard to choose a leash - you just want to keep in
mind that it needs to be strong enough to hold your dog. Leashes are often sold clearly marked with the breeds
the leash is suitable for.
Depending on the kind of breed you have the number of
grooming accessories needed will vary.
If you have a dog that will need relatively little grooming,
that is with a short coat, then you will need only a basic toolkit.
You will need
- dog shampoo
- dog clippers
- styptic powder
- dog toothbrush
- dog toothpaste
- dog brush or comb
These are the basics. There are many other products you can
use to keep your dog clean and fragrant. If you have a higher maintenance dog you will need these plus a wider
variety of brushes and combs to care for your pet’s coat and grooming needs.
If your dog will be sleeping outside then it’s important that
they have their own place for shelter. A dog house will keep your dog out of the harsh sunlight or rain or even
snow. When choosing a dog house try to choose the right size. The dog should fit snuggly inside with enough
space to move around.
If your dog will be spending time inside it's also a good
idea to buy a dog bed. This gives your dog a 'retreat' and they will value having their own comfy space where
they can go when cold or sleepy. Again, just try to choose the right size. Many dog beds are designed for
specific breeds so you won't have a problem finding a bed for your dog.
Dog toys and treats:
Most dogs love playing, and just like children, love being
spoilt. It is especially important if you are away for long periods of time that your dog has something to play
with. It's best to give them a variety of toys; this will keep them away from your slippers!
Again, the most important thing is the size. Treats and toys
should be size appropriate. If the toy is too big, they won't be able to play with it and it won't be fun for
Avoiding toys made of wood which can splinter, anything that
could shatter or break, and avoid toys with small parts or paint, is essential.
There is a wide variety of toys for you dog to chew, play and
bite. Spend some time choosing some fun toys for your dog.
Dog treats are an excellent addition to your supply list.
Whether you plan to train your new dog for a specific purpose, or only want him to have a little something
extra, your dog will love his treats. You can find healthy dog treats made with your pet’s size and age in
Many dog owners find rawhide products useful. One benefit to
rawhide is that it is good for your pet’s teeth. Another benefit is rawhide will cater to your dog’s natural
tendency to chew, so he will not be using your shoes or other personal items for this purpose. Rawhide products
come in many different sizes and styles. Selecting the rawhide products suited to your dog’s size and breed is
the best way to ensure that he gets all of the benefits from these chewing products
These are the most important accessories you will need for
your dog. There are many more things you could buy your dog but by catering for the items on this list your dog
should have everything he needs to be a healthy, happy dog.