Most of us love our dogs like we love our human family members and want the absolute best for them. While we want to spoil them with treats, fun toys, quality collars and everything else, often we just don’t have the funds to do so. For this reason, it’s important to know what you really should invest in and what you can save your money on. Here, we look at three things you should spend money on for your furry friend.
- Pet insurance
This is probably the most important thing to invest in when it comes to your pet. While you may be tempted to forego pet insurance due to the cost and the fact that your dog is fit and healthy, you never know what may happen in the future. Should any unexpected accidents or illnesses arise with your dog, insurance will protect you from expensive vets’ bills. But it’s not just injury and illness they cover – some policies will also insure you for loss or theft, behavioural issues or damage incurred to someone else is injured due to your dog.
- Quality food
Keeping your dog fighting fit is a priority, right? Then it’s essential you are investing in good quality dog food that will give your pooch all the nutrients they need to maintain good health. Ideally, you should buy dog food that’s labelled as ‘complete’ as this must meet strict guidelines that make sure the food contains the right amount of essential nutrients. This is different to ‘complementary’ food which should be eaten with a complete food.
- A bed or crate
Dogs need a safe space where they can retreat to within your home. This is because they are inherently territorial animals, which means they need a place (aka their own ‘territory’) where they can settle for quiet time or sleep when they need it. This is important for your dog’s wellbeing. The space should be away from children or strangers that will disrupt their rest time. This doesn’t necessarily mean they need their own room in the house – because let’s be honest, that’s unrealistic. It could be a corner of a room where they have a crate or luxurious Orvis dog bed to retreat to.
It’s no secret that our furry friends can cost us an arm and a leg, but by choosing the right things to invest in, you can make sure both your dog and your bank balance are happy.
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