If you're a dog owner, chances are you spend a lot of time spoiling your dog. Dogs are very lovable companions and can often become a best friend to people, which in turn leads owners to show their appreciation by spoiling the heck out of their pets. In fact, spoiling dogs has become so common that August 10th has been designated as "Spoil Your Dog Day." The good news is that making your dog happy doesn't have to be expensive. Here are four easy and cheap ways to celebrate National Spoil Your Dog Day from us here at Vet Supply Source.

Skip the vet – Of course, if your dog shows signs of illness, injury, or has a major health issue, then you should be sure to visit your vet as soon as possible. However, if not absolutely necessary, skip the vet on August 10th. Many dogs are fearful of the vet because they associate it with being unwell or getting a shot. If you usually visit the vet for dog supplies and things like vitamins, ointments, specialty foods, and tick/bug repellants, order them online instead. It will save you a trip and the prices are often significantly cheaper than what the vet will charge you.

Visit the dog park – Dog parks are a great way to get your pet out running and exercising, which will keep them happy and healthy. Dog parks are even better than traditional ones because they were created specifically for your canine friends. This means that they are fenced in and safe, and that you won't need to worry about any pet restrictions. Plus, there will be more dogs around for your dog to play with! Just be sure to keep a careful eye on your dog to make sure that no fights break out and follow the guidelines of the park.

Pamper your pup with a nice bath – After running around the park, chances are your dog will be a bit dirty. Pamper your pup with a nice bath with special dog shampoo and other products. Purchase them online for the best deals. You'd be surprised by how many of these items are used by professional groomers! Bathing your dog at home will save you tons of money in the long run. Once you've finished giving your dog a bath, take some time to clip their nails.

Don't forget the treats! – After your dog has enjoyed a day at the park and had a nice relaxing bath, he or she will probably be rather tired. Give your dog a special treat like a doggy cupcake or even doggy ice cream. Most pet stores offer a selection of "baked goods" and dedicated dog bakeries are becoming more and more popular. Do a quick search on Google to see if there's one near you!

Our dogs are more than just pets; they are family! They protect us and bring us happiness like nothing else can. This August 10th, don't forget to give back to your dog by spoiling them a little more than usual. Your dog deserves it!