Do you have a well-stocked pet closet for your dog? Dog lovers around the world know that all dogs come with a lot of stuff! They have enough stuff that a dedicated closet full of supplies is quite necessary for your dog’s health, happiness, and proper care.
Having raised multiple dogs, I have amassed quite a bit of supplies for my dogs. Some of these items get used and replaced often, some I have only used a time or two, but all of them I deem necessary to keep on hand for my canine kids. It has come in handy countless times and as much as I appreciate any and all storage space in my house, I will not ever sacrifice my pet closet for space.
Whether you are a new pet owner, or if you just want to get yourself in gear and create a well-stocked pet closet in your home, you can do it! Check out these tips below on all of the products you need for a well-stocked pet closet and make sure you are ready for a fun-filled adventurous life with your pet.
Table of Contents
- 1 Products you need for a well-stocked pet closet
- 1.1 Products needed for your pet’s health for your pet closet
- 1.2 Products needed to keep your pet groomed
- 1.3 Products needed to keep your dog fed
- 1.4 Products needed to keep your pet exercised
Products you need for a well-stocked pet closet
I want you to have everything you need to make living life with a pet safer and more convenient. But I also don’t want you to spend money on things that you don’t really need. So, I am creating for you this list of products you need for a well-stocked pet closet.
Products needed for your pet’s health for your pet closet
It is considered to be generally safe for use to induce vomiting in dogs that have ingested poisons, when used correctly (speak with your vet for guidelines). Did your dog get sprayed by a skunk? Mix together 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap (you may need to double or triple recipe depending on the size of your dog). Apply to your dog’s dry fur (avoiding their eye area), lather it up, and rub for about 5 minutes, then rinse. You may need to repeat this a few times.
No, you don’t need a special dog-specific thermometer. If your pet isn’t feeling well, a thermometer is handy to have on hand so that you can see if they have a fever. This will help you determine whether or not to take them to the vet. A normal temperature for a dog is between 101.1–102.4°F.
In the event that your pup gets wounded, you want to have sterile bandages on hand to wrap them in. Be sure to also have vet wrap on hand to hold the bandages in place.
Saline solution is great to have on hand for any eye situation in which your animal might face. If you see excessive discharge in your pet’s eye, you can try to flush the eyes out with saline solution. It is also great for washing out wounds.
Just like humans, pets have been known to get slivers in their feet, or bee stings that need to be removed. Keep a special pair of tweezers on hand just for these occasions.
These are great to have on hand for health and a myriad of other reasons. Plus, they are super inexpensive. Just grab a big bag and keep them stored in your pet closet for whenever the need arises.
In the event of a minor inflammation and irritation due to a bee sting or allergies, Benadryl is safe to give to pets and can really increase their comfort levels. Dosage is 1 mg/lb given 2–3 times per day.
You never know when you might need to give your pup medicine, these are great to have on hand for that reason.
Products needed to keep your pet groomed
You never know what your pup is going to get into and it’s important to be able to give him a bath at a moment’s notice.
A dog brush is very important to have on hand, especially if you have a long-haired dog. Buying a dog brush that you love may be trial and error as it all depends on length of hair and how much they shed.
Nail trimmer or grinder
Keep your pup’s nails trimmed down to the right length with some nail trimmers. Not everyone likes to do this on their own and that’s okay. They are good to have on hand though. In our house, we use a nail grinder. It may take longer to get your dog used to it but you don’t really have to worry about cutting their quick. Once a week we either do their front or rear nails. And have plenty of treats on hand.
Dogs need their teeth brushed too! Don’t forget to brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week.
Every dog deserves his own special towel, don’t you think?
Products needed to keep your dog fed
You, of course, need to have food for your pet. Pet food is a personal choice, but I recommend having a good amount on hand (and an extra 2-week supply for emergencies). If you choose to feed your pet fresh or raw food, you may want to invest in an extra refrigerator or freezer to make sure have enough room to maintain a good supply of that.
Whether for training or just for treating, you should always keep some tasty treats on hand to spoil your pet with.
Food and water dishes
Make sure you have the appropriate-sized food and water dishes on hand for your pet. And wash them regularly.
Products needed to keep your pet exercised
Your dog needs to be walked. He needs to go outside! Make sure you have everything on hand to make walks as easy as possible.
There are many different leashes that you could choose to have on hand. Please whatever you choose to use, don’t use a retractable leash.
Collar with ID tags
Make sure that your dog has their collar on whenever they go outside. And make sure you have up-to-date contact information on ID tags securely attached to their collar. Our collars have their names and our phone number sewn onto them.
Dog poop bags
Part of our duty as pet owners is to clean up after them. Do not head out on a walk without being prepared with a dog poop bag to clean up as you go.
Toys are very important for a dog’s well-being. Not only do toys have the ability to keep your dog from getting lonely, but it can also help to prevent boredom and therefore, negative behaviors. It’s good to keep several types of toys on hand to rotate through them to keep your dog from getting bored at playtime, or alternatively destroying his toy too quickly.
Whatever you decide to keep in your well-stocked pet closet, the key is to make life a little bit easier on you and your pet and to help you be prepared for all aspects of pet ownership.