Dog Accessories – What is Important For Dog Grooming?

There has been an amazing trend in dog accessories over the last few years. Just look around when you go out and you are bound to see someone’s precious pooch all decked out in their latest fashion accessories purchased by their owner. It is not just pet accessories that are popular but pet grooming is a high priority as well.

Dog accessories have become a mainstay of everyday pet care in today’s society. At one time it was considered to be a luxury to have your pet groomed professionally but these days it’s considered routine. The benefits of a regular grooming schedule, whether it be at a professional groomer or at home, are quite beneficial for both you and your furry friend.

There are a couple of main things that are important to consider when addressing your pet’s hygienic needs. The first thing I’d like you to consider is that the importance of grooming is not just aesthetic in nature. Grooming is an important part of keeping them healthy. Some of the main items consist of bathing, brushing, flea and tick treatment, nail trimming, cleaning ears, teeth cleaning, worming and hot spots to name a few. However, it’s important to note that you are the one who spends the most quality time with your pet. So it’s up to you to notice changes in your dog’s behavior, coat or general health and address those needs.

Each of these task, time and product used will depend on your individual dog’s needs and requirements. For example, an animal with long hair will require brushing and bathing more frequently than a short haired animal. It is however important to realize that every pooch should have at least a quick brush several times a week. This keeps their coat clean, shiny and healthy, as …

Read more

21st Century Dog Pampering

21st Century Dog Pampering

There was once a time when dog owners were content to give their K9 friends an old blanket in a chewed up basket for a bed, a ready supply of dry dog food, regular trips to the vet, and the occasional bone left over from a steak dinner. Today the status of pets has changed dramatically in our society, as dogs in particular are viewed more like children now than as pets. For example, 20 years ago, terms like “dog hotel,” “K9 cosmetic surgery,” and “designer dog collar” would have sounded alien. Today these terms are commonplace in many regions.

As a consequence, dog pampering (for lack of a better description), has become a massive market and a booming industry. The English retailer, Harrods, recently quadrupled the size of its pet department to eleven thousand square feet, and carries items like Juicy Couture dog tracksuits, and bejeweled dog hair clips. Harrods also hosts an annual pet fashion show. During this show, attendees can gawk at exquisite K9 jewelry like a $25,000 Swarovski crystal-encrusted dog bed and a nearly $500,000 diamond dog collar by the jewelry icon Stephen Webster.

Furthermore, this insanity is not contained just within the British Isles. Americans have managed to make the pet market a recession-proof industry, with the pet industry projected to grow roughly 5% in 2009. In the last decade, American spending on pets has doubled to the eye-popping total of $43.5 billion dollars. While most of that sum is made up of very normal pet supplies like food and medication, there are also those who will pay thousands of dollars for things like a “pet stylist,” who will help make more pooches appear more fashionable.

Another area where dog pampering has reach new levels is in the popularity of dog shows, or ‘confirmation shows’ …

Read more