5 Essentials to Keep Pets Safe, Happy, and Healthy
Pet supplies are a multi-billion-dollar industry, and pet owners have a seemingly limitless number of choices for their pet’s safety, care, and entertainment. Wading through the vast array of collars, leashes, toys, bones, treats – not to mention foods – can be confusing and intimidating (and often quite expensive). Narrowing the choices down to a few key categories can help pet owners cover the necessities without becoming overwhelmed.
#1 Restraint/Containment Devices
At some point or another, pets will need to be restrained. Trips to the vet, boarding, emergency situations, or even going for a walk require that a pet is under control and unable to wander. Depending on the pet, an owner might need a collar and leash, harness, cage, crate, or kennel. Ensuring pets are properly restrained and contained will keep them safe and prevent them from becoming a nuisance to the community.
#2 Grooming Supplies
Keeping a pet in good condition includes attending to their grooming needs. Specific grooming tools will vary depending on the type of pet. In general, however, a grooming kit should contain: shampoo; brush, comb, or rake; toothbrush; ear cleaner; and nail trimmers or grinders such as PediPaws. Regular grooming can also detect early stages of potential health concerns.
#3 Food and Treats
Choosing an appropriate pet food and treats can be an overwhelming task. There are a myriad of manufacturers, many with multiple product lines and highly-paid marketing departments. Pet owners should understand the basic dietary needs of their pet (carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore) and seek food and treats that best address those needs, with an eye toward a reasonable price and availability.
While it’s easy for pet owners to go overboard with the variety of toys available on the market, pets do need some toys to keep them active and entertained. Each pet may have different tastes, even among members of the same species or breed. For the basics, a pet should have a toy it can chase or with which it can interact, a toy that makes noise, and a toy it can chew.
#5 Pet Insurance
Veterinary costs increase steadily, and severe illness or emergency care can quickly add up to several thousand dollars. While some pet owners may be able to easily set up an emergency fund to cover such contingencies, most would need several years to save an adequate amount. Pet insurance plans like Healthy Paws reimburse owners 90% of covered services, for a monthly premium as low as $1 per day. Owners should consider whether they have the available funds to put into a pet savings account, or whether they would be better served by purchasing pet insurance.
The options you will face while purchasing pet supplies are endless. Be sure to consider your pet, your budget, and your lifestyle before spending your hard-earned money. These five must-have items will cover your pet’s basic needs and using this shopping list can seriously cut down on your pet-related expenses.