Pet Jewelry: Tips for Safety When Pets Wear Jewelry

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There are a few safety items to consider when adorning an adored pup with his latest item of jewelry.

Pet jewelry makes your pampered pooch stand out as leader of the pack and is one of the most unique segments on the market. Jewelry and adornments however, are not for any old hound, they are for dogs with an extreme sense of style. Style which, if they are very lucky, they have managed to train their pet human to appreciate and share. These dogs will demand that their human buys them the very best.

At one time a dog would be lucky to get a bit of string around his neck for a collar, today's dogs are more fortunate. Bejeweled collars, encrusted with Swarovski crystals, pearls and sterling silver collar charms make a delightful gift for your dog.

There are a few safety items to consider, however, when adorning your adored pup with his latest item of jewelry.

  • Remember that your pet might not always appreciate wearing a jeweled neck collar. The scent of a passing rabbit disappearing into the undergrowth might prove too much of a temptation to even the most well behaved hound. Any special jewelry or anything that might catch and be a hazard should be taken off before allowing your pet to romp free.
  • Make sure that if your pup is wearing a jeweled collar that it has an elastic or easy-break fastening. Magnetic catches are great for this, allowing your dog to pull free without damaging himself or his collar if he gets caught, for instance, in undergrowth.
  • Pet jewelry should be regarded in exactly the same way that you would your own. So, as you wouldn't expect to wear your finest pearls to the gym, you shouldn't let your pup romp wild wearing his. The jewelry can be cleaned and treated in exactly the same way as you would your own and will benefit from a regular wash in hot soapy water and rubbing dry with a soft cloth.
  • Not every dog will embrace these new found adornments. Some may find it strange or even a little scary. If your pup looks a little panicked then remove the offending item and reassure him. Then pop it back on again while giving him reassurance and perhaps a little treat. Keep repeating this at regular intervals and over the course of a few days he will start to feel comfortable and confident in the new finery.

Have fun with your pet and his or her jewelry. It is certain that your pup will certainly enjoy the attention and feel very special indeed!

A unique selection of collar charms, pet pearls and dog jewelry can be found on-line at BigPawDesigns.com. The exclusive line of pet pearls come with a sturdy magnet clasp for safety. Big Paw pearls are made from Swarovski crystals and can be cleaned easily (unlike fragile freshwater pearls). In addition, the pewter collar charms can be buffed and polished with a simple jewelry cloth. Big Paw Designs has been keeping Fido and fluffy in fashion since 2002.

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