People love their pets. This is particularly true with dog owners. Our beloved dogs are pampered, groomed, and even clothed. We make them into a regular part of the family. As more and more canine “luxury items” have begun to hit the marketplace, we’ve jumped on board to spoil our furry friends with these things, too. But have we gone too far?
When it comes to your dog, yes, there are definitely some luxury items that are worth buying. However, there are also some things that are nothing more than a waste of money. You need to know how to differentiate between the two, and ensure that you are spending your money wisely. Once educated, the level of love you give your pup is up to you.
What to Buy
1. Organic Dog Food
This is one luxury item that’s really worth some consideration. Many dog owners have found that traditional dog food is full of ingredients that may not be best for Fido. For this reason, the organic dog-food industry is taking off.
Since organic food is made from all organic ingredients, it is healthier for your dog. Additionally, this choice carries the same perceived environmental benefits as the organic foods that you yourself might choose to eat. Some of the most popular brands include: Wellness Dog Food, Canidae Dog Food, Natural Balance Dog Food, Blue Buffalo Dog Food, Solid Gold Dog Food, and HALO Dog Food. If you are interested in buying organic food for your dog, compare the brands above before making a purchase.
2. Homemade Dog Treats
This may be a stretch for some owners, but your dog deserves something special from time to time. There are many places to purchase homemade dog treats. For example, shopping malls have kiosks, and you can even find independent bakeries. Of course, you can buy all the proper ingredients, find a recipe online, and do it yourself.
This is definitely considered a luxury, but it is one that you should consider giving your dog. After all, homemade treats don’t cost much more than those that you can buy at the grocery store.
3. Orthopedic Furniture
Believe it or not, there is a huge market for orthopedic dog-furniture. For example, does your dog have a bad hip? If so, try an orthopedic bed. These are meant to alleviate pain and increase comfort for your ailing pet. These cost more than standard dog beds, but since they are made with memory foam, they are able to alleviate pressure on the joints and bones.
What Not to Buy
1. Luxury Clothes
Your dog is not a person! It does not need sweaters that cost $50 or shoes that are more expensive than the ones you have on your own feet. If you are going to purchase clothes for your dog, stick to affordable items. You can get something that looks great at a bargain price. After all, your dog won’t treat a luxury sweater with any more concern than a sale sweater.
2. Excess Furniture
From chairs to sofas and loungers, the dog furniture industry is booming. The question remains: does your dog really need the same furniture options as you? What happened to letting Spot sit on the floor? Pick the right-sized crate and maybe splurge on a nice bed, and you’re probably good to go.
3. Gold-Plated Dog Bowls
That’s right, these do exist. Seriously, does your dog really deserve to eat out of a bowl while you serve yourself dinner on a paper plate? Your dog does not care if it’s eating from an expensive bowl; it just wants food. Save your money for something more important, or better, take the amount you would have spent on a sparkly bowl, and donate it to a shelter in your area.
As you shop for luxury items for your pet, consider the points above. These will help you determine where to spend your money, as well as what you should and should not be buying.
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