Most pet lovers have at least one beloved furry companion on Santa’s gift list. In fact, statistics show that over 90% of pet owners buy Fido or Fluffy gifts this time of year. That’s a lot of wrapping and bows! However, with all the amazing items to choose from, where do you begin finding the perfect gift for your best pal?
The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has you covered. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas, as well as some tips for avoiding disastrous pet presents.
Pet Presents for Health & Wellness
One of the best ways to show your love for your pet is by promoting good health. Since many of our companions struggle with obesity or lack of exercise (especially during Indiana winters), the gift of well-being is the ultimate present you can bestow.
- Monthly grooming – Professional grooming not only keeps your pet looking great, it also provides important health services, like nail trims and an overall skin/coat assessment.
- Nutrition consult – If your pet is battling the winter bulge, we recommend an appointment to evaluate diet, as well as to recommend ways to keep your pet slim and trim (and prevent weight-related problems).
- Toys that promote movement – Whether it’s an enticing new automated laser toy, an agility course, or a wearable activity monitor, the best toys are ones that get your fur friend moving.
- Regular wellness care – Comprehensive wellness care is essential to keeping your pet illness-free. It’s also vital for early detection and to provide your pet with better health, happiness, and a higher quality of life.
- The gift of warmth – If your pet’s cold weather gear has seen better days, purchase some new booties, jackets, sweaters, or a heated bed for the ultimate in winter safety and comfort.
DIY Tasty Gifts
What pet doesn’t love a delicious gift of treats, biscuits, or other snacks? Of course, most pets are more than happy to find edible gifts in their stockings, but a little can (and should) go a long way for their health.
Instead of the standard manufactured snacks, why not try a few of the following healthier, homemade treats?
- Peanut butter and banana dog treats
- Best of breed dog biscuits
- Tuna and catnip cat treat croutons
- Organic spinach and chicken cat treats
Naughty, Not Nice: Presents to Avoid
There are some pet presents that contain hidden dangers for curious pets. This includes:
- Bones, rawhide, and antlers, which can cause choking and gastrointestinal harm
- Items that contain string, yarn, or ribbon
- Toys that have plastic eyes or other small bits
- Squeaky plush toys with plastic centers
- Anything containing potentially toxic ingredients
- Too small toys that can be swallowed
For more ideas about safe and fun pet gifts for your sweetest animal pal, please contact us. We’d also love to see some of your adorable “puppy tears into present” or “kitty decides the cardboard box is better than the toy” photos.