Best 5 Must Have Dog Essentials Under $19

Best 5 Must Have Dog Essentials Under $19

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You probably watched a lot of videos and read plenty of blogs about some of the dog essentials that you’ll need when you’re bringing a puppy home. But aside from your typical dog collar, crate, and food bowl there are some other very important items to add to your list.

The first 3 on this list will save you money.


#1 Pet Grooming Brush

Dog grooming/de-shedding brush is essential for me. My King Shepherd dog sheds quite a bit, especially during the shedding seasons, and if I don’t brush her frequently her hair starts to mat and tangle.

This brush is a great way to get rid of all that extra hair and it was only a few dollars.


Dog grooming brushes are crucial for dog owners for several reasons, especially when it comes to managing dog shedding and maintaining good health. Shedding is a natural process for most dogs, some shed more than others depending on their breed, age, and season. Without regular grooming, loose fur accumulates, leading to mats, tangles, and potential skin issues in your dog.

A grooming brush helps to remove this excess fur, preventing it from covering furniture and clothing while also reducing the risk of allergic reactions in sensitive people. Brushing stimulates blood circulation and distributes natural oils throughout the coat, promoting skin health and a glossy appearance.

Regular grooming sessions also provide an opportunity to check for abnormalities such as lumps, ticks, or skin irritations. Investing in a grooming brush not only enhances the bond between you and your dog but also contributes significantly to the dog's overall well-being and health

Dog grooming can be expensive, especially if you have to take your pup to a professional groomer frequently. These costs can add up over time, considering that grooming is a regular necessity for most dogs. However, investing in your own grooming brush can save you money in the long run.

By purchasing a grooming brush, you can tackle basic grooming tasks at home, reducing the need for frequent visits to the groomer. Regular brushing helps to manage shedding, prevent matting, and maintain your dog's coat health, which means fewer trips to the groomer and less money spent on professional grooming services. Additionally, grooming your dog at home can also be a bonding experience and allows you to take an active role in your pet's care. So, while there may be an initial investment in purchasing a grooming brush, it ultimately pays off in savings on grooming expenses and the satisfaction of keeping your furry friend looking and feeling their best.


#2. Dog Grooming Kit 

My dog requires frequent trimming on her cute Grinch-feet, and some groomers will only wash and de-shed your dog's fur but they won’t actually trim any hair. So I usually just trim the excess hair at home.

Grooming and trimming a dog's fur is important for their comfort and health. If your dog requires frequent trimming on their cute grinch feet, taking them to the groomer frequently can get pretty pricey. Long hair dog breeds may have naturally furry paws that may drag on the floor. Too much fur on a dog's feet can catch dirt and snow easily, forming mats that are hard to remove. This extra fur can also make it tough for dogs to get a good grip on floors. Also, you want to make sure you’re trimming your dog's nails for comfort so they can move around easily.

When nails get too long, they can hurt the dog's paws or make it hard for them to walk properly. Long nails might even break or cause infections. Regular nail trimming keeps nails at the right length, so dogs can stay comfortable and safe.


This grooming kit is not only great for trimming hair but it also comes with nail clippers.  

I ended up getting these clippers before I got my grooming kit. If you have a larger dog, I found these clippers to be a little easier to use.


#3. Dog toothbrush and paste kit

Dogs should ideally have their teeth brushed at least 2-3 times a week, although daily brushing is preferred. Regular brushing helps prevent buildup, gum disease, and bad breath.

You can brush your dog's teeth at home or have it done at the groomer's, but it's typically more convenient and cost-effective to do it yourself at home. Brushing your dog's teeth at home allows you to establish a routine and it allows your dog to get used to the process.

 My dog doesn’t love getting her teeth brushed, but this one has a beef flavor so she tolerates it.



#4.Collapsible Dog Bowel for travel

If it’s hot outside or you’re going on a long walk with your dog, you want to make sure they have access to water. We love hiking so a travel water bowl is a must for me.  Any collapsible lightweight water bowl is great, you can just attach it to your bag or pocket to save space.




#5. Dog Soccer Ball with a strap

This is another must-have for me. I always hear about chew toys, and puzzle toys to keep your dog busy. And those all are great but my dog gets bored with them pretty fast. This is the only toy that she’ll play with every day in the backyard.

We ended up getting a separate rope and tying it to a post, or you can tie it to a tree.  It keeps my dog entertained when I can’t play with her. And considering that she’s a big chewer, I’ve had this soccer ball for almost 3 years and it’s still in decent shape. Definitely number one dog toy on my list.



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