Gifts for pets are a great way to have a pet-friendly Christmas

They’re practically by your side or under your feet every day of the year, and the holidays are no different. Sure, you don’t want them scarfing down the mashed potatoes or exhibiting dominance over the Christmas tree, but you likely want them around for all the holiday revelry. The best way to include them in the fun is to give them gifts they can enjoy. Will they go crazy over another argyle sweater? Maybe, maybe not. What we do know is that the following gifts for pets really hit the holiday bullseye.

Under the Tree

It goes without stating that edible gifts – for pets and people alike – have no place under the tree. If you are planning on picking up some treats or snacks for your pet, be sure to store them where they can’t see or smell them, and only give the gifts to them when it’s okay to open and eat them.

Fill Their Sock

Are there some items you’ve had your eye on this year, but wanted to wait until the perfect moment? We understand! There are always new products out there, and the holidays are a great time to indulge in:

  • A circulating pet water fountain (be sure to choose one that is easy to clean)
  • New walking gear like collapsible bowls, snacks sacks, bag holder, LED collar/leash for night walking, and more.
  • New leash, collar, tags, vest, booties, and other wearable gifts.
  • Puzzle feeders or slow feeder bowls are great additions to the kitchen rotation. Ideal for pets that eat quickly or need stimulation while alone, either make great gifts for pets. They have them for cats, too!
  • It’s never too late to dive into dental care. Invest in a high quality toothbrush and pet toothpaste. They may not be thrilled by this gift, but it truly is a gift that keeps on giving!
  • Treat your pet with the Furbo. It connects you while you’re not at home and rewards them with tossable treats.
  • Cat exercise wheel.
  • Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor helps you keep tabs on your pet’s daily going-on at home and helps them reach weight loss goals.
  • This self-warming pet cuddler bed isn’t just for older pets with joint pain!
  • A Thundershirt may work wonders for your stressed or anxious pet.

Gifts for Pets In Need

There are some pets that have everything they need, but there are innumerable animals that will spend the holidays in shelters. In addition to some sweet stocking stuffers for your own pet, may we suggest:

  • Donating supplies to your nearest animal shelter. They typically post what they need on a monthly basis, but usually consists of blankets, food, toys, cardboard boxes, etc.
  • Donate to spay or neuter clinics that provide low-cost surgery to owners.

Lastly, if this is the right time for you and family, consider adopting or fostering a pet this holiday season.

No matter how you spend the season, your pet will be happy to simply be close to you and all the action. Be mindful of things that can harm them (high-fat foods, tinsel, bones, batteries, etc.) and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

At Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we are always here for you. From our family to yours, happy holidays!