With National Love Your Pet Day upon us, it seems the ideal time to show some affection towards our favourite four-legged friends
Where would we be without them? Yet bringing a pet into your home will mean you sign up for certain things - being squashed up on the sofa as your dog somehow manages to take up the bulk of the sofa to stretch out into, hair everywhere, and, most importantly, a faithful and loving companion.
So, we're making the most of National Love Your Pet Day to take a look at some of the products you could buy to show man's best friend some love, and to also make cleaning up after them that bit easier...
1. Healthy eating
Making sure your pet gets a healthy and balanced diet will be crucial to maintaining your dog's health. For instance, why not try a brand like Pooch & Mutt? Not only is every meal rich in nutrients, but they are also made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and come grain, cereal and gluten free, to make sure they're suitable for any pooch with sensitive digestion. You can get a single from £1.89.
2. Remote viewing
Have you ever wondered what your pet gets up to when you're not in? Perhaps you come home and find cushions on the floor and the post *helpfully* bearing tooth marks. Well, you can now make sure you keep a firm eye on your pet with a device like the Neos SmartCam (£19.99), which gives you a simple way to check in and see what happens when you're not about.
3. Nail care
Whether it's because you have a dog which is unable to walk as much as they used to, or else it's simply never been used to having its paws cut, a nail kit could be the solution. If they're not kept short, long nails could potentially cause discomfort for your dog, so why not get around this by giving Dremel's Pet Nail Grooming Kit a go (£37.99)? It grinds the nail down in a similar way to a nail file, ensuring it's a process that's a lot more controlled, and means there's less chance of nicking the vein.
4. Hair disposal
Unless you opt for a breed that doesn't moult, you're going to spend the bulk of your time clearing up loose hairs - it's worth it, if it means you have a loveable dog but that doesn't mean it isn't annoying cleaning it endlessly. That's where OXO's Furniture, Garment and On-the-Go Furlifters come in. Very simple to use, all you do is give the area in question a quick brush to remove those pesky loose hairs. The fluff then gather in a ball at the bottom, and can be easily disposed of.
5. Dental health
Dogs can sometimes have very strong breath, to the extent that a recent poll of 2,000 dog owners found over half think it's normal for canines, even though it actually points to poor dental hygiene. If your pet's breath has been known to make you recoil, why not give the Woofbrush dental chew (from £1.20) from Lily's Kitchen a go? It's been specially designed with an expert vet dentist and features natural ingredients to help keep your dog's teeth clean.