Hello! Are you still working on your holiday shopping? Don’t forget to pick up a few items for your dog. Fido deserves to be spoiled, since he provides so much love, laughter, tail wags, and affection to us all. We all know that Man’s Best Friend is fond of toys and treats, but what other items would you think would be on your canine companion’s holiday list? Here are some suggestions from a Marquette, MI vet.
Universal Dog GIft: New Bed
Being able to sleep well is very important! A thin pad won’t protect Fido from chilly floors or provide much support for him as he’s dreaming of chasing squirrels. Orthopedic beds are the standard these days, especially for larger puppies and older dogs. However, our four-legged pals also do have their own preferences in terms of bedding.
When your furry friend first gets comfy, does he stamp down his bedding? He may like a beanbag bed, which will let him arrange his sleeping spot exactly as he likes it. Your pooch may prefer a plain bed if he tends to sprawl out, as raised edges can make it difficult for him to stretch all the way out. Small dogs and nervous pups often like beds with raised edges, because they provide an added sense of security. Dogs with thin fur, on the other paw, may prefer heated or thermal beds.
Dog Stocking Stuffers
Chews and treats make great stocking stuffers. You can also add some small grooming supplies. Fido may not be too excited about paw balm, but he’ll appreciate having smooth, healthy paw pads instead of rough, cracked ones. Ask your Marquette, MI vet for recommendations on dental products and brushes.
Active Dog Gifts
Is your canine companion a bouncing ball of fur? Find toys and gifts that will keep him entertained. Automatic ball launchers are a great choice for dogs who enjoy chasing tennis balls. Choose the right size for your pooch. Large breed dogs can choke on balls meant for smaller pups, which can be dangerous for them.
Does your pooch have a habit of running off? Whether Fido is always chasing squirrels or is just that dog who wants to see what’s going on down the street, it can be challenging for owners. It can also be dangerous! It’s a good idea to get GPS-enabled tags in order to track your furry friend.
If you and your furry friend are avid hikers, consider getting a harness that allows Fido to carry some of his own items. A water bottle with an attached dispenser makes for a perfect gift for active pups.
What Are The Best Gifts For Puppies?
Dogs are certainly charming as adults, and they are heart-meltingly cute as seniors, but they are really adorable as puppies. Little Fido is a voracious chewer during that adorable toddler stage. Kong toys are a great option for puppies, but they aren’t the only ones out there. Of course, your pet may still need basics, such as leashes, harnesses, or grooming supplies. Ask your Marquette, MI veterinarian for advice.
How Do I Choose Safe Dog Gifts?
When purchasing items for your furry friend, safety should always come first. Avoid things with small pieces and/or sharp edges, as they can pose serious choking risks. Additionally, make sure to read the label before making a purchase. We recommend choosing products made in North America, as things made overseas may not meet the same quality standards and could potentially be less safe. Studies have revealed the presence of harmful substances such as PVC, BPA, chromium, bromine, and phthalates in several dog toys and products. Keep in mind that brightly-colored items may contain dyes, although many manufacturers do use non-toxic varieties for pet products.
Shopping For Fido
When choosing gifts for Fido, always keep your dog’s size, age, and breed in mind. Choose things that are the right size. If your puppy is a Golden Retriever, a stocking full of tennis balls may score you lots of tail wags and happy dances. However, a Pomeranian probably won’t get very excited over them.
Your canine buddy’s tastes and needs may also change as he gets older. A puppy needs lots of chew toys, as well as toys that keep them active and entertained. A senior dog, on the other hand, may prefer something soft, or perhaps a puzzle toy to stimulate his mind.
Some toys can be fine for some pups, but not safe for others. For example, stuffed animals are very popular with our four-legged friends. Many dogs play with them without problems. Others make it a point to try and eat the squeaker. That is definitely not safe for Fido to consume.
Rawhide can also be unsafe. Strong chewers can break off pieces, and can even swallow them. This could lead to serious gastrointestinal injuries or blockages. Your Marquette, MI vet can give you more information.
Gifts For Dog Lovers This Holiday Season
Don’t forget Fido’s buddies! Sending small gifts to friends and family with pups of their own is a very sweet gesture. Homemade dog treats are a great option for this. There are lots of recipes online: you’ll just need to stick with things you know are safe. You can also give store-bought snacks, of course. Pet store gift cards are also a good idea. You could also consider donating to an animal rescue in the name or honor of a beloved pet that has passed on.
Gift Options For All Dogs
There are plenty of things that are suitable for all dogs. For instance, if you have a yard, your pet might love having a doghouse. Subscription boxes—or pupscription boxes—are another great option. Fido gets his own box of goodies every month, which will ensure he’s getting plenty of new toys to try out. (Bonus: watching him open it may be as fun for you as it is for him!)
The world of dog accessories has evolved significantly from the traditional leash and collar. Nowadays, harnesses have become the preferred choice for most of our canine companions, due to their comfort and breathability. For those who frequently walk their pets at night, consider taking advantage of holiday sales and getting a leash equipped with a built-in flashlight.
If your furry friend is on the anxious side, he may benefit from a weighted shirt, or perhaps calming products. Ask your vet for recommendations.
On the high-tech side, we have programmable paw pads, which let dogs ‘speak’ certain words by pressing on specific pads. Although this may seem a bit strange, some of our canine pals have been very adept at it. (Maybe they just realized that it’s a new way to ask for treats.)
The Number One Dog Request: Time With The Humans
Don’t forget that dogs get very, very attached to their humans. Fido just wants to hang out with you! Indulge that sweet request! Remember, the holiday season can be stressful for pets. Man’s Best Friend has to cope with all the commotion, decorations, events, travel, and schedule changes. That can be quite distressing for some pups. Make sure to spend some quiet time with your furry friend. Finally, don’t forget to take some cute photos with your dog while he plays with his new toys!
We here at Animal Medical Center of Marquette, your local Marquette, MI pet hospital, wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.