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Do You Spend Too Much On Pet Supplies?

Aug 29, 2008
An average American pet owner spends more than $120 a month on pet supplies and pet food alone. With the latest craze on pet fashion, and about ten or twenty new toys brought into the market every season, your bill on pet supplies is only bound to get bigger. How do you know when you're already spending too much good money on useless things? You should try to ask yourself these questions.

Does your pet really enjoy the things you buy?

Ten years ago, a good bone would have been perfect for any pet dog. Now, pet shops take advantage of the latest fad in the market--pet fashion. Owners with small lap dogs are bound to splurge on these overpriced items. Most people take the "toy" in toy poodle too seriously.

Before buying a sweater for your pet dog, make sure that it will actually enjoy your treat. Pet owners in tropical countries should be very careful about buying their pet dogs "clothing". Pet supplies along these lines might do more harm than good to your little mutt. They're already covered with fur, which makes their bodies very prone to overheating. Think twice before spending too much on a pet accessory. If you must buy that cute basketball jersey for your pet, ask your vet if it's advisable.

Most pet owners go through extremes of treating their dogs like infants or toy dolls. Your pet is a living creature, but it's not bare and naked like an infant. Unless you just had your pet mutt's fur shaved because of tick problems, there's no reason for you to spend so much on extra garments.

Are you compromising good health for fashion trends?

Your pet dog should not be your best fashion accessory. It's pretty cute to be seen in the same get up as you favorite mutt on special occasions, but spending too much on toys and fashion accessories could seriously dent your wallet.

A good pet owner should know how to budget his/her pet expenses well. Make sure that you're still spending more on your pet's health care than you are on rubber treats and dolled up clothing. Your dog's health should be your top priority among other things.

Is your pet food worth it?

Most pet foods work their way up the price ladder by building on popularity. Take time to check the nutritional facts box though. A cheaper product might be able to provide your pet dog more nutrients. Some vets even recommend altering processed pet food with organic pet food you can cook in your own skillet. To be sure, ask your vet about these details before engaging your dog in a new diet. Not everything that's good for a human is good for a dog, so try not to let your mutt chomp on your leftovers. Always ask your vet advice on how to care for your dog. It's also helpful to check out online forums for the best deals on pet supplies in your area.
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