7 Essential Dog Accessories Every Owner Should Have

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There are numerous dog accessories on the market for canines and the people who love them. From dog selfie cameras to automatic treat dispensers and interactive ball launchers, there is no shortage of pet gear.  And for those pet parents who want to outfit their fur friends with the latest and greatest gadgets, we have arrived.

According to an article published on CNBC, the American Pet Products Association estimate that Americans spent “a record-high $99 billion” on pet products in 2020 alone.1

But which dog accessories do you really need? Here are seven optional items that might make your life easier as a pet parent:

1. Pet Hair Remover

Until fur is the new black, you will want to have a pet hair remover to remove pet fur from, well, everything.  A powerful lint roller can also do the job.  However, if you have a long-haired dog or a pup with a thick coat, look for an actual pet hair remover.  You could use it on clothes, bedding, furniture, blankets, carpets, or any other item that looks better without a fur coat on it.

2. Benefits of Dog Crates

The dog crate will prove helpful in all stages of dog ownership.  If you are crate training a new dog or puppy, then you're already well on your way.  A crate is a space your dog can always feel safe and comfortable.  Don’t think of it as a cage, but rather as a “doggy safe zone.”  You can place your pup’s bed inside, and feel comfortable leaving your dog there if you leave the house for short periods of time. 2

You can opt for a standard wire crate or choose a lighter-weight fabric perfect for transporting your best friend.  If you are worried about the crate standing out or taking up too much space, think again. Check out these pet parents' creative dog crates.

3. Ear Cleaner

As long as check with your vet prior, you could possibly routinely clean your dog's ears at home with a non-prescription dog ear cleaning solution.3

Regular ear cleaning is essential if you have a dog with long ears, or a breed that is prone to ear infections- such as a Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, or Pitbull. Keeping your dog’s ears clean could also help prevent dirt and inflammation that causes discomfort and can lead to ear infections. 4

If your dog’s ears are sensitive to the touch, or appear red and swollen, consult your veterinarian, as these are signs of an infection.  Your vet will likely need to prescribe a treatment.

4. Light up Collar

Pet parents are always looking for the newest technology to keep their pets safe, whether it be dog trackers, GPS locators, or doggy cameras.  An LED battery-operated or rechargeable collar that lights up at night could also help keep your dog safe without breaking the bank.  

A variety of different manufacturers make collars that light up. They even come in a variety of fashionable bright neon colors.  Most importantly, they could help make you and your dog visible from a distance during dawn and dusk walks or runs.  If your dog enjoys any water activities, consider searching for a collar that is also water-resistant.

5. Pet Stain and Odor Remover

Stain and odor remover is one of those things most people don’t think about until they need it.  By that point, you will wish you had it. The sooner you remove pet stains and odors, the better the outcome for the stained item.  We suggest asking for a recommendation at your local pet store or veterinarian in order to find effective, easy-to-use odor remover that is safe to use around your pet. 

6. Car Seat Pet Protector

Unfortunately, life sometimes gets messy.  Whether you just adopted an adult dog or you're bringing a puppy into the home for the first time, car seat protectors are an underrated tool in a pet parent's belt.  From sand and mud, to the occasional accident or sharp toenail, a sturdy, machine-washable seat protector for pets could help ensure none of the mess ends up in your car.

7. Organic Pumpkin for your Dog's Upset Stomach

Have a couple of cans of organic pumpkin on hand.  Some pet parents feed their dogs a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened pumpkin daily with their food.  Even if you don’t provide it daily, canned pumpkin could be great to have on hand if your dog has diarrhea or an upset stomach.  It has fiber and essential nutrients, making it a nutritious (and valuable) snack for pups. Consult with your vet first before giving your pup pumpkin or any human foods.

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These are just a few examples of dog accessories that might come in handy for any dog owner.  They may not be the most glamorous, but these go-to dog accessories could help protect you and your four-legged friend.   So can a dog insurance policy from MetLife Pet Insurance.1

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

1Americans are spending more money on their pets during the pandemic, CNBC

2How to Crate Train a Puppy, Rover

3How to Clean a Dog's Ears, Daily Paws 

415 things every dog owner needs, Chewy