Bringing the new addition to your family home is fun and exciting. It also comes with questions, especially if this is your first round as pet parenting. The big question is: what do I need to buy?
The range of options can be overwhelming, and rivaling the amount of equipment available for human babies. How do you know what your money is worth? This can be a daunting question, especially when you need to prepare everything quickly. However, the answer is very simple: ask a veterinarian. So we did it. Five of them. And here are the items they recommend their customers buy for their own puppies, or both.
Before shopping, remember that the first job of dog parenting is finding your own veterinarian. “The adage ‘you have nothing without your health’ applies not only to us, but also to our pets,” notes Rachel Barrack, veterinarian of Animal Acupuncture in New York City. “You need a vet you are comfortable with to discuss your concerns.”
Aloya sniffing mat
The best dog toys are the ones that stimulate and stimulate your pet’s senses. “Interactive toys – like those that can be filled with croquettes – keep your pet stimulated for longer,” says Cooley.
You saw your dog sniffing around the lawn like looking for buried treasure, right? Make your dreams come true with this play mat. Hide leftover food or treats between the blades of grass. It doesn’t slide across the floor and can be easily tossed in the washing machine. (It also comes as a sunflower. Good luck with your selection.)
Outward Hound Slow Feeder Bowl
Meal time is the best time in a dog’s eyes. “This excitement causes many dogs to cut their food, which can lead to potentially fatal gastric torsion and gas,” said Chris Menges, an Austin, Texas veterinarian who works in digital pet care. It is of particular danger in deep chest breeds, such as Great Danes, German Shepherds, and Boxers. “This bowl slows even the fastest eater down to a healthier pace,” he says.
Vet’s Best Brush and Enzymatic Toothpaste Set
Tooth and gum infections can be serious in dogs, so caring for their teeth is a must, says Satchu. She recommends an enzymatic toothpaste for pets. (Never use your own toothpaste on your dog’s teeth.)
Of course, many dogs are not exactly happy about brushing their teeth. A grippy design like the one on this brush helps you get the job done. The gel toothpaste cleanses your chompers with baking soda and aloe refreshes those smelly breath.
JW Pet Megalast Ball
We haven’t met a dog that doesn’t like chasing a ball. “Look for a ball with a hollow center to allow air to flow while you have it in your mouth,” Satchu says. (Whatever you do, don’t give your dog a tennis ball. “They act like a nail file on your teeth and wear them out,” she adds.)
This ventilated ball is light but can withstand endless runs. It also swims so the fun doesn’t have to stop for long when it ends up in the pool.
Trixie Treats Flipboard
Dog + boredom = trouble. Keep them away from your shoes and potted plants with a puzzle toy, Menges suggests. His favorite is this sturdy rubber toy that rewards dog ingenuity with treats. “It makes their brains start solving puzzles and makes them feel like the masters of their domain,” he says. Even if their domain is only the place in the sun next to the couch.
GoTags pet ID
Even if your dog has a microchip on, it’s important that they wear a collar with your contact details on in case they get lost, Barrack urges.
This lightweight aluminum tag can be customized on the front and back and is available in eight designs.
Petkit water bottle
If you are traveling with your dog, or just having a warm day at the dog park, providing water for your dog is a must, says Satchu. She’s a fan of this bottle from Petkit. “It has a built-in bowl and filters excess water back into the container to avoid waste,” she explains. “It also has a locking mechanism to prevent leaks.”
Yuchiya dog waste collection bag holder
Poop happens. And you need to clean it up anytime, anywhere. Barrack suggests bringing a specially made holder with you that can be attached to your dog’s leash “so you never leave the house without it”.
As you probably know, if you’ve ever tried to pick up your dog’s poop from the grass at night, an LED light is a ingenious feature. This set comes with lavender-scented pouches that are large enough to hold the remains of two dogs.
Wag Dental chews
While dental chewing items aren’t a substitute for proper teeth cleaning, they can help keep your dog’s teeth clean, says Heidi Cooley, a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Vancouver, Washington. “A lot of dogs love the taste of chews,” she observes. Your dog’s chewing will enable them to get their job done, she adds.
The unique texture of each of these functional treats makes short work of any sticky mass on your teeth. They are made from chicken (but no by-products and no artificial colors).
“I prefer a hands-free leash like this,” says Menges. “This leash not only clips around your waist so you don’t lose your dog, but it also has two built-in bungee cords that protect you if the dog pulls too hard.”
In addition, reflective material is woven in to keep you visible at night.
Furhaven dog bed
Getting your buddy a bed means more than just keeping him out of yours. “It’s a great way to support training. You can teach them to go to their bed so he can withdraw, ”notes Satchu. She suggests looking for a bed with a removable cover so it can easily stay fresh and clean for your fur baby. “Also, if you put your dog in a box, make sure it fits in the box,” she says.
In four sizes and 18 (removable and machine-washable) fabric covers, this cozy sleeping space fits your dog – and your interior – just right. The orthopedic base makes it especially comfortable for older dogs and larger breeds.
Active Pets rear seat hammock
“In difficult times like these, it’s very relaxing to take your dog with you on a hike or a trip to the park,” says Menges. “You can make that easier for yourself with a car hammock.” He likes this one from Active Pets because it is “water and dirt repellent and the hammock style prevents dogs from falling off the back seat”.
Natural wonder stain and odor remover
Even the best-behaved dogs have the occasional accident, and regular household cleaners usually can’t handle it. An enzymatic pet stain cleaner completely neutralizes odors, preventing your dog from smelling his… handiwork. Otherwise, they can give you a rerun, Satchu says. She points to Nature’s Miracle as a “great” cleaner for the job.
Safari professional nail trimmer
Dogs that don’t cut much of their nails as puppies often resist later in life, says Albert Ahn, veterinarian for Myos Pet in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. For this tricky task, the right tool can mean the difference between frustration and a perfect doll pedicure. “I recommend this stainless steel nail clipper because it has a non-slip handle and a safety stop to prevent injury,” he says.
Zeus Da bear harness
Your dog’s leash should be attached to a harness. Putting on a collar creates unhealthy pressure on the neck, warns Menges. He calls these dishes “wonderful”. It’s nicely padded for comfort and has mesh panels to keep your sweetness cool on warm days. It also has an unusual, practical function: a soft grip, if you want to have your dog under control quickly.
Tellpet quick release collar
“A quick release collar allows you to quickly take it off if it gets stuck on something,” says Zay Satchu, veterinarian at Bond Vet in Brooklyn, New York.
The right fit is crucial. “A properly fitted collar allows you to have no more or less than two fingers between the dog’s neck and the collar,” she says.
In a world of nylon collars, this handcrafted, soft leather option will stand out in the dog park. It is also available in brown.
Petcube pet surveillance camera
The Petcube is a great tool for keeping in touch with your dog while you are away. “With this remote webcam, you can see what your dog is doing, but also talk to him and distribute treats!” Says Menges.
Emmy’s best sun protection for dogs
Who would have thought that just like humans, dogs can get sunburned, especially on the ears and nose. Applying sunscreen before a day of fun outdoors is especially important if your pet is thin-haired, hairless, or unpigmented. Staffordshire terriers, boxers, bull terriers, German shorthaired pointer and pit bulls are particularly susceptible, says Cooley. Ingredients in human sunscreens can cause gastrointestinal problems when dogs ingest them, so “Sunscreens made specifically for pets are your safest bet,” she says.
Aerosol sprays can get into your pup’s eyes and lungs, so this aerosol-free sunscreen can be applied with much more control. And it has the benefit of conditioning and untangling your dog’s coat.
Queenmore ripstop dog life jacket
Dogs like hanging out on the beach, lake or pool as much as we do. But contrary to popular belief, they naturally cannot swim. “Dogs participating in water activities should wear swimming aids,” says Cooley. “Look for a life jacket with a handle that you can use to help your pet out of the water in an emergency.”
With this vest your wild fish will steal hearts and stay safe at the same time. It has the handle you need, along with a D-ring for a leash for walks along a pier or boat launch. It also comes in orange and gray.
Hopefully we will all be on vacation again soon. If we do, we can bring our canine companions with us – with the right equipment. “I like the Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Carrier, which is a mobile pet bed, aircraft carrier, and car seat in the cabin,” says Ahn. “It also has a padded shoulder strap and is machine washable.”
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