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Is Your Money Going to the Dogs

Updated on August 29, 2014

Why Breed Equals Money

when renowned dog expert Cesar Milan was asked how often pet owners should bathe their dogs, he stated: “how often do you want to bathe your dog? Unless a dog has skin problems, there is no specific need to bathe the dog except to make him a more enjoyable companion.”

Like people, some dogs tend to get a bit smellier than others, even when they perform the same types of activities.

It stands to reason that people love their pets and we want them to be as healthy and happy as we possibly can.

We looked at a few ways, which we as pet owners can ensure that our pets are receiving the care and love they need and want, to keep providing us with companionship and the unconditional love, they give us year after year.

Play

If you are anything like the average person, than your dog probably exercises more than you do. You may be thinking my dog plays all the time. After all, your dog is a dog! What does he have to do all day anyway? He sleeps. Maybe chews on a shoe or a toy for a while?

Well, if you or your dog could benefit from a little exercise, we have good news for you. Walking with your dog counts as exercise for you both!

Walking, running or even jogging can actually be very beneficial for you and your four-legged friend.

Take a swim if you have access to a pool, beach or lake and have a pet that loves the water. This is a great form of exercise for joint problems for both humans and dogs.

What’s that you say, exercise isn’t playing? Ask your dog if he knows the difference? Spending time with you in the wide outdoors is usually a thrill enough for your pet.

Dogs who exercise regularly live an additional 2.5 years longer than dogs that don’t. Taking your dog to a park-like setting can increase your life as well as his.

Feeling better and losing a few pounds is the biggest benefit of all, for both of you. Dogs with weight problems struggle to move have increase heart problems and have a shorter life expectancy by up to 5 years.

Bad to the Bones

Your dog gets his main source of nutrition from you and whatever your kids are feeding your dog whenever you’re not paying attention.

Like people, pets have the ability to live a long and satisfying life, if they remain healthy, exercise and eat well.

Fortunately, nowadays pet owners can find a wide variety of high quality pet foods in large big box stores or sold online.

When determining which foods would be best for your pet, take a look at the first 5 ingredients listed on the label of the pet food you are considering.

These ingredients listed first generally make up the majority of the pet food. You’ll want to see meats and vegetables listed first rather than meat by-products and simple grain fillers.

Believe it or not corn, rice, whole wheat, barley and soy are actually cheap sources of proteins increasingly used by large commercial manufacturers.

Moreover, these grains and fillers can be difficult for your dog to digest, which can lead to other problems.

Allowing your dog to chomp down on a juicy bone helps to prevent tartar build up on your pets teeth. Never give your dog cooked bones. Cooked bones might split while they are being chewed, causing potential damage to your pets’ intestinal lining.

Your first choice should be raw bones. Most dogs are easily able to handle raw bones.

If you’re not a butcher or you just don’t want to handle raw bones on the regular, go for dried bones, which can be commonly found in pet shops.

Breeds

Are pedigreed dogs better than mutts? It’s the age old question and for me, the answer is: It depends.

It depends on what I am looking for in a dog. Does my dog need to herd sheep, protect me from burglars or fit inside my latest handbag?

It’s a frightful thought but, some breeders would consider breeding a 2.5lb dog that could do all of the above: Think really pissed off Chihuahua.

Not sure which dog might be best for your family? Visit your local dog park and start asking a few questions.

Once you have a list of possible breeds, head to the library and learn more about the personality and temperament of the breeds you have in mind.

If having a pedigreed dog is important, visit the American Kennel Club page and determine if your dog is a recognized breed.

Keeping in mind that some pure bred dogs find their way to dog pounds and shelters, the same way mutts do. When the economy took a hit, people with expensive dogs and their expensive organic food, vet care and habits were quickly seen as a “no longer justifiable” expense and the dogs were effectively given up.

Either way, there may be a special pedigreed four-legged someone waiting for you at a shelter in your neighborhood.

Pet Care

Taking care of your pet is not altogether different from taking care of yourself. When you wake every day, you make sure that your body is clean, your teeth are brushed and you eat a healthy meal.

The same generally applies to your dog.

It’s a good practice to have pet wipes on hand when you are unable to give your pet a proper bath weekly or even monthly.

Dog ear wipes are pre-moistened and contain vet approved ingredients to insure that insects and debris do not stay trapped inside your dog’s ears that can affect his hearing.

When you take your pet to the vet, he also cares for your dog’s teeth. A tooth cleaning is second only to surgery in regards to expense. Dental mitts for dogs allow you to safely remove buildup and tartar from your dog’s teeth and gums.

This is a great alternative when a visit to the vet is not on the schedule or just cost too much.

If your dog has gotten herself into a smelly situation, then pet bath wipes may be the answer. Pet bath wipes have saved many pet owners from seriously foul odors and embarrassment that come home with their pets.

A day at the dog park might be just the thing that your dog was looking forward to.

Then you noticed what was sticking to your dog’s hind quarters when you both got home.

No time for a bath, every single time you go to the park or worse yet, are you avoiding the park as often as you or your dog would like to go? Could it get worse? Sure, you leave all the crap that was stuck to your dog’s butt, stuck there until it falls off by itself.

Go ahead and deny it: I know better!

Pet bath wipes were made for just this purpose. WAG puppy and dog wipes are pre-moistened and are available scented with or without baby powder.

They’ll help to clean your dog until his next date at the groomers or whenever he has his next proper bath.

Pet Housing and care

Where your dog sleeps is a bit of a sticky-wicket. A recent survey by the Modern Dog magazine reports that 40% of dog owners allow their pets in bed with them.

The highest percentage of people found sleeping with their dogs are single females between the ages of 18 and 34. Nearly 6 out of 10 women in this group allow the dog on the bed.

Where your pet spends her “down time” has become a multimillion dollar industry. Americans spent $50.4 Billion dollars on their pets in 2013 according to PetFinder.

Americans now spend $41 billion a year on their pets—more than the gross domestic product of all but 64 countries in the world.

Nowadays pet menu reflects every fad in human food—from locally sourced organic meat and vegan snacks to gourmet meals bolstered by, say, glucosamine to ward off stiff pet joints.

The continuing rising status of pets has created what is now an unprecedented wave of entrepreneurship in the pet industry, once epitomized by felt mice and rubber balls. For example, there are now $430 indoor potties, $30-an-ounce perfume, and $225 trench coats aimed solely at four-footed consumers and their wallet-toting companions. Pet love come in all sizes…wallet sizes that is.

Loving your pet is easy. Making sure that your pet is cared for responsibly has taken on a wider meaning and sometimes additional expense.

Luckily there are pet products and pet lovers who realize that not everyone can spend untold hundreds on their furry family members. With these 5 easy tips bridging the expense gap should be just a little bit easier.

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