- Food - only feed high quality 'dog' food for dog size and age
- Food dishes - always get separate water and food bowls which are Not attached to each other
- Collar with license and ID tag
- Flea comb and dog brush - dogs need to be groomed regularly
- Carrier for small dogs
- Nail clippers - use caution when using nail clippers and never cut below the cuticle line in the nail
- Dog toothbrush
- Chew toys or hooves
- Dog bed or pallet
- Doggie door if the dog will spend some time unsupervised in the yard
- Get an 'easy to read' first aid, emergency book such as The First Aid Companion for Cats and Dogs or Pet First Aid
Feed high quality dry food to your dog once or twice per day in amounts recommended by your veterinarian. Limit safe extras (like cottage cheese or cooked egg) to 10% or less of the dog's diet. For large breed dogs (over 55 pounds), feed food formulated for large breeds, as they have increased nutritional requirements. You may want to purchase elevated dog bowls for large breed dogs, so your dog does not have to crane his neck down to eat, which can cause neck and back problems..
Feed dog food to dogs less than one year old....even if they look big, their bones are still growing and they need dog food. Large breed (grow to be over 55 pounds) dogs who are less than one year old should be fed large breed dog food, such as Hill's Large Breed dog food. For small breed dogs, there are also specialty dog foods, such Hill's Small Bites. If you are unsure as to your dog's estimated adult weight, ASK your vet to give an estimate.