Looking for some “stuff” for your pet? Pet Accessories of every type and description can be found in pet stores and/or on the internet. You can buy jewelry, coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, boots, collars, leashes, harnesses, crates, houses, enclosures, dishes, toys, blankets, car accessories, etc., etc. Some accessories are meant to enhance the pet’s appearance; some are for the comfort of the pet, some for the protection of the pet or others, and some are just for “showing off”.
Regardless of what you are shopping for, you will find many different products from many different manufacturers that at first blush seem to be just what you are looking for. You should however, do your homework and make sure the product you are buying is in fact what you had in mind when you started looking, and is appropriate for the intended use. Make sure the product you are ordering is not made of a material that presents a hazard to your pet if ingested.
For example, if you were looking for aids to help you in your efforts to train your dog, don’t use products that “punish” the dog when they don’t respond properly, such as collars that can choke or pinch or inflict pain by electric shock. Animals can be trained without using pain as a weapon, so don’t let an over-zealous vendor convince you to use any methods that will inflict pain on your animal.
A little common sense and empathy when choosing any kind of pet accessories will go a long way toward having a happier and healthier pet.
Some other things to be aware of when choosing a vendor:
- Look for consumer reviews not only of the product, but particularly of the Vendor, unless it a well-known vendor that you have confidence in.
- Make sure they have an acceptable return policy in the event the product is not satisfactory.
- Make sure there is no vendor’s “restocking fee” when and if you return the product.
- Watch for hidden “handling” and/or “shipping” charges.