Holiday gift guide: Gift ideas for your furry friends
If you thought gift buying for the holidays was just limited to your human friends and family members, think again! Our furry friends are just as much a part of the family as the humans! That’s why I decided to put together some gift ideas for pets this year!
If you didn’t already guess this, pet ownership is on the rise this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people who are spending time at home are looking for a companion to keep them company, and they’re turning to adopting pets – which is great! That makes it all the more important to show our furry friends that they are loved and appreciated, not just on holidays, but every day!
As it turns out, there are more things out there than just bones and stuffed animals to buy for your pet!
I’ve compiled a list of products and links to help you get some gifts for your pet to help give them the best holiday, or any day, ever!
What pet doesn’t like treats? The only thing better than seeing the happy look on your pets face when you give them a treat, is knowing that the treat your giving them will help them maintain their everyday health. These Impawsibly Good Treats from Pet Naturals are filled with protein to help your dogs skin and hair growth. These treats come in a number of different flavors to fit your dogs preference, and are suitable for dogs of all ages and sizes.
There are a few solutions when it comes to dealing with your pet’s anxiety, hyperactivity and stress, and a few of them can be found on this list! If your pet loves treats, then perhaps this option will be great for you! When my dog was a pup he had a lot of issues with hyperactivity and stress. These treats were great to help him calm down. Sometimes when an animal is stressed, it can lead them to destructive behaviors — which lets be honest, none of us want that. They are perfect for pets who may not be reacting well to a change in environment, being boarded or kenneled for a period of time, may not do well during holidays or parties, thunderstorms or fireworks, or even during veterinary or grooming visits. They are suitable for dogs of all weight ranges, just be sure to read the dosage for how much you should give dogs of different sizes.
It’s no surprise that dogs can get messy, whether they do it intentionally or not. And if we’re being real, it’s not always possible to take the time to give your dog a bath every time he or she gets dirty. That’s why having a pack of dog wipes on hand is pretty much essential! I mean, yeah, maybe this is more of a gift for ourselves than our dog, but nonetheless it makes us both happy! A pack of Earth Rated Dog Wipes are perfect for on-the-go if you’re taking your dog to the park or on a hike, or even to keep by your back door for when they come in from the yard. The best part about these wipes, in my opinion at least, is that they are hypoallergenic and are made with shea butter, aloe vera and chamomile which makes them safe for dogs with sensitive skin! We recently found out that our dog gets allergic reactions causing his paws to turn red and his skin to become flaky, so these wipes are great for him (and us)!
When it comes to pets, they require the same kind of love and caring for that humans do – they need regular vet check ups, grooming, and even dental care. Luckily, when it comes to dental care, it doesn’t have to be difficult to keep up with. VetriScience Perio Support is a powdered formula that helps your pet keep up with their dental hygiene needs in between their routine veterinary dental cleanings. The best part about it is how easy it is to use. All you have to do is sprinkle some of the powder onto your pet’s food and the rest is self-explanatory! The powder is tasty for your pet too, so they’ll enjoy it! The Perio Support is suitable for both cats and dogs of all sizes, just be sure to check the dosage to know how much to give your pet!
Some pets can be pretty messy when they eat – mine included. There have even been times where I have watched him intentionally flip his bowl upside down! If your pet does the same, there is in fact a solution! Gripperz offers Spill Proof Pet Bowls that have a stainless steel insert, making it super easy to clean, and a durable plastic base with a tacky bottom that is re-stickable and reusable and won’t leave a nasty residue on your floor. The tacky bottom will keep your pets bowl in place, and your floors clean. What’s not to love about that!
Making sure you’re home in time to feed your pet if you work long days can be a bit stressful – no one wants to keep their furry friend waiting for food! PetSafe has created a product to help out with this issue. The Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder will feed your pet whether you’re home or away. All you have to do is set the dial to the time your pet is scheduled to eat their next meal of the day and the feeder will open automatically at that time so your pet can eat in time. The containers hold enough food for cats, and small to medium sized dogs, and you can set the timer for up to 24 hours in advance!
As your dog gets older, it’s important to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy, and quite frankly, sometimes plain old dog kibble just doesn’t cut it. These gluten and wheat-free meals don’t contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients and are all locally made. They can be served straight from the pouch, with no preparation required, and even have a shelf life of up to two-years. The best part, 5% of net profits are donated to nonprofit animal shelters and programs.
Another option for pets who experience stress and anxiety is The Anxious Pet Hemp Oil. This veterinarian formulated oil is made only with safe ingredients and without any chemical fillers or flavors. All you have to do is drop a few drops orally, or into your pets food at mealtime. The oil helps provide a sense of ease to your furry loved one. The hemp oil is available for both cats and dogs, just be sure to check the packaging for the correct dosage for your pet!
If you practice a healthy lifestyle in your own life, why wouldn’t you do the same for your pet? The Anxious Pet offers supplement bars to help promote immune and cognitive health, hip and joint support, and anxiety relief. These bars are veterinarian formulated and made with all natural ingredients. These bars are perfect for at home and on-the-go. You can buy these supplement bars individually, or in a variety pack!
Hopefully these products will give you something to think about when deciding on gift ideas for pets (and for yourself) this holiday season!
As always, I love to hear your recommendations and input on what things you love to buy for your pet, so leave a comment to share!