Preparing for your new puppy -

Preparing for your new puppy

We spend over $50 billion a year on our pets. That's more than double what we spent just 10 years ago. But are all the things we buy for our furry friends necessary? Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, is here with some money-saving tips for anyone about to bring home a new puppy.

Getting a new puppy is exciting. But before you bring your pup home, make sure you're prepared for his care and comfort. There are things you'll need and things that would just be nice to have. Knowing the difference between the two will help avoid some major sticker shock at check-out.

The first thing on your list of puppy essentials is food. Find out what food the puppy's been eating. A puppy's stomach can get upset by a sudden switch in food. If you decide to change brands, it's best to do it gradually, using less of the old brand and more of the new food.

That food needs to go into something. The next items on your list … a bowl! Actually, you will need two. One for food and one for water. Stainless steel holds up best.

Your puppy will, of course, need a collar. Puppy's first collar should be adjustable as he grows. For comfort, leave a gap between the collar and his neck, but make sure that it won't slip over his head. A leash is definitely another item you'll need. You don't have to get too fancy here. You want to buy a short leash – no more than six feet long.

If you plan on crate-training your puppy to housebreak him, you'll definitely need a kennel or crate. The key is to get the right size. Your puppy should only have enough room to get up, turn around and lay back down.

Toys can add up pretty quickly, so don't go toy crazy. Buy a few toys and see how your puppy reacts to them. Figuring out what he likes to play with and what he doesn't can really be a money-saver.

Your puppy should not need a bath during his first month in your home, so there's no need to include shampoos and conditioners on your initial shopping list. But do buy a good grooming brush so you can keep his coat clean.

When you're buying puppy supplies, it's very easy to spend $200 to $300. But you don't have to. So make a list and stick to it. And remember, love and affection are free. So be sure to give your puppy plenty of both!

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