As a dog owner, you want to provide the best possible accessories for your beloved pooch. Luckily for you, the pet industry is more than willing to answer your needs, and the amount of money that Americans (and pet owners in general) spend on their pets is staggering.
However, no matter how much you love your pet and want to spoil them, there is a line between splurging a little bit and spending ridiculous amounts on needless pet items. It’s not a question of whether you can afford it or not; it’s a question of whether your money is actually being spent on something worthwhile that benefits your pet.
Here are five pet accessories that you should reconsider buying for your dog:
1. Organic pet food
It’s an established fact that your dog does need proper nutrition in order to stay happy and healthy. However, the trouble is that even with the pet food industry, the debate of whether organic is better than the “regular” thing rages on. Just like with human food, organic dog food commands a higher price tag compared to regular dog food, but research has shown that it might not be worth the premium price! One of the biggest issues is that with pet food, there is no authoritative body that regulates the labeling standards. This means that any manufacturer can virtually slap on an organic label on their dog food to make it more attractive and more expensive, but your dog wouldn’t get any additional benefits compared to if you had just bought high-quality dog food in the first place.
2. Gourmet treats
Gone are the days when the treat section of a pet store would carry some biscuits and some jerky treats. Today, you can find so many different high-end pet treats, ranging from freeze-dried animal protein to artisan treats made from vegetables, fruit, milk, and all sorts of other goodies. Sure, your dog might be happy to get these treats, but if you choose good-quality regular treats, they’ll be just as glad! Your wallet will be glad too.
3. Expensive clothing and accessories
There’s no denying that heartwarming moment when you spot your dog wearing cute dog accessories such as a little necktie or nice collar. In some cases, it might even be necessary, such as winter clothing for dogs with thin coats, or a padded harness that’s comfortable and safe to wear. You might even spring for a Halloween costume or two because they are so adorable! However, does your dog really need a blinged-out collar that will cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars? There’s nothing wrong with having a few pieces of clothing or investing in a strong harness and leash, but you might want to reconsider a dog accessory if it costs as much as a luxury handbag.
4. Luxury beds and strollers
A well-rested dog is a happy dog, but even a simple dog bed with a thick cushion would be enough to address your dog’s needs. While a $3000 dog bed might be something that celebrities can treat their dog to, it might be something that’s just a little bit out of your price range. All you need to do is make sure that you pick a dog bed that’s large and spacious enough for your dog, whether they’re curled up or stretched out.
Strollers, on the other hand, are just completely superfluous in most cases. The only time that you should consider getting a pet stroller is if your dog has mobility issues. Otherwise, they would benefit much more from the exercise they’ll get from walking beside you! Some indoor places such as malls might require you to have a stroller for you dog, but since there is no shortage of pet-friendly spaces such as beaches and parks, why not just take your dog out for a fun day and get them some much-needed exercise in the process?
5. Luxury pet houses
The idea of the luxury pet house is one that really caters to the super-rich. Your dog really won’t appreciate the difference between a strong and sturdy regular pet house that will cost around $100, and a fully-furnished luxury pet house that can cost as much as an actual apartment! Sure, these luxury pet houses might have heating, electricity, running water, and it’s own AC, but so does your home! Your dog will probably appreciate just being in your house with you anyway so that you can spend time together, rather than being in a luxury dog house outside.