Essential Dog Supplies

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Essential Dog Supplies

by Eric Hartwell

Owning a dog requires a lot of care and maintenance. You are responsible for a living creature from whom you receive so much love and attention, and your pet definitely deserves the best. However, with the introduction of so many kinds of dog supplies available in the market, a dog owner such as your self is often confused on what is essential and what is not.

A human?s most basic needs include food, money, shelter, and clothing. Your dog?s needs may not be too different after all.

Sufficient food and water

Apparently, a living creature?s needs do not vary that much where food is concerned. Humans and animals alike need clean and safe food and water to sustain life. Thus, ensuring your dog receives adequate amounts of food and water should be properly observed.

Choosing the right dog food is very important in maintaining a healthy dog. In recent years, animal doctors have advised dog owners to stop feeding dogs table scraps. Moreover, it has been said that the food of the owner is not necessarily good for his dog because of special dietary requirements of dogs. Thus, dog foods were created and developed to be able to provide dogs with the sufficient vitamins and minerals.

There is, however, an existing opposing belief about dog foods and studies have shown some dog food to be actually detrimental to a dog?s health. The type of dog food that is not recommended by some if not most animal doctors, are the mass-produced type which are considered low quality and are said to contain a number of harmful chemicals and preservatives. Thus, choosing the right dog food for your pet is very important to ensure a long healthy life.

Decent shelter

Your dog will be living with you and you must make certain that your home is suitable to accommodate a dog. There are sanitary and health standards that must be observed where a dog?s home is concerned. For one, dogs are prone to fleas and ticks and your home must be free of such pests.

There are dog supplies available in the market today that will make this task easier. There are sprays and cleaning agents that can be used to guarantee a house free of such harmful elements. Moreover, your dog must be bathed regularly with the use of specially formulated soaps and shampoos which will help in maintaining the healthy coat of hair on your dog.

Dog beds are optional, although a number of these are available in your local pet store. Their beds and/or cages must also be cleaned regularly so they will pest-free.

Clothing for protection

Fashionable clothing is also available for dogs. This however is not necessarily a must, although they may be helpful in cases of extreme weather. Other dog supplies such as collars and leashes among others fall under this category as well.

Despite any budgetary constraints that you may have, your dog has essential needs that cannot be disregarded. Furthermore, no amount of money and dog supplies can replace your love, care and attention.

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