Your live-in pet pal is near and dear to your heart, and you love to pamper him or her as much and as often as possible. These things can take a toll on the wallet, however, but that doesn’t mean you have to withhold gifts altogether. Some pet accessories can outlast the initial investment, and some are just a good deal. Check out these non-conventional dog accessories for your next, smart purchase.
TrackR Bravo: Larry (pictured below) never likes to stray too far, but knowing that there is help in case the gate is left open or he wanders toward an inviting neighborly lawn is a lifesaver. Investing in the TrackR for your pet is a gift for both of you! Have an adventurous one? Place the water-resistant case over the TrackR before attaching it to a collar in order to keep it as safe as possible. The low retail cost ($29 for one) and long battery life also keeps the pricing requirements in tact!
The Kong Classic: It’s tempting to give in to pretty packaging and brightly colored toys when choosing your dog’s next chewy victim, but not all toy accessories are alike. Dogs are prone to choking on some of the most used items (such as tennis balls and lacrosse balls) depending on their breed. The Kong Classic (starts around $7) is non-toxic and made of natural rubber to keep teeth safe. Use the sizing guide to ensure you’re buying the correct cone-size for your pet. This is also a great choice because you can put a treat inside the Kong!
Mesh harness: This one is especially important for those of you who have smaller four-legged friends. The harness allows discipline while walking, but it ensures that the rib cage, legs and neck are protected from being seriously injured. Mesh harnesses run about $30 and lower and are highly durable through weather, sunlight and general wear and tear - the perfect combination for a favorable accessory! *Pro - tip: invest in a harness that has multiple settings, such as a specific one for the car, in order to keep your dog safe in different scenarios!