It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are upon us again. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for your furry friend, fret no more. Oski (my photogenic boxer and frequent helper) has some helpful holiday gift suggestions.
Turn back the clock and find your pet’s inner kitten or puppy with a fun new toy. Who doesn’t like a game of tug-o-war? GoDog Rope TEK dog tug toy is one of Oski’s favorites. GoDog Rope tug toys come in a variety of shapes and are bonded for extra durability. Available at: Petsmart and Petco
For dogs that love squeaky toys. The HearDoggy®ultrasonic squeaky toy is a great gift for your pooch and you! HearDoggy® ultrasonic toys squeak at a frequency that only dogs can hear. So now your dog can squeak all day long without driving you and your guests crazy during the holidays.
Available at: Amazon
Don’t forget your feline friends, they like toys too. My cats can’t get enough of their SmartyKat Fringe Frenzy tunnel. They love playing hide-and-seek in the tunnel and they find the crinkle sound and dangling toy and fringe irresistible. Available at: Walmart
Pamper your pet with a plush, cozy new bed. La-Z-Boy, known for its reclining chairs and sofas, introduces the La-Z-Boy Pet collection. Made from luxurious fabrics and built for durability, their quality beds are sure to last for years. The La-Z-Boy Pet Collection comes in a variety of styles and color patterns so that pet parents can choose a piece to match their décor.
Available at: Wayfair
As you can tell from my Facebook page and Instagram account, I love dressing up my boxer Oski. Dressing-up our pets can be fun and practical too. Designed in San Francisco, Rororiri makes comfortable and fashionable clothes for pets. Made from high quality textiles and featuring timeless, elegant designs, their sweaters and jackets will keep your pet cozy this winter and they will look great too!
Available at: Rororiri
Spruce up your pet’s dining experience, and your kitchen, with a fancy new food bowl. Loving Pets has an extensive collection of stainless steel food and water bowls for your pet. Loving Pets’ Bella Bowls are America’s best-selling stainless steel pet bowls. Affordable, durable, and stylish, they will fit in any décor.
Available at: Amazon
Okay, maybe a robotic vacuum is a gift for yourself, but don’t you deserve it after years of picking up after your pet? The ILIFE A7 robotic vacuum cleaner is designed to take the work out of housework. The ILIFE A7 can be programmed to clean at any day of the week, and at any time of the day. Using the remote or your smart phone, you can choose from 5 different cleaning modes: automatic (random pattern), spot, edge, maximum, or path (cleans in a systematic pattern). Its low profile design allows it to access those hard to reach places under your furniture. It even docks automatically to recharge when its battery is low. So while your ILIFE A7 robotic cleaner is vacuuming your home, you’re free to do something fun with your furry friends.
Available at: Amazon
6. Pet-loving kids
What do you get for the kid you know who loves animals? Well, if they are like most kids and want to be a vet when they grow-up, consider my new picture book Lisette the Vet. The book is about Lisette, a smart, book-reading, animal-loving girl who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. When something happens to the new class pet, Lisette must overcome her fears to save the day. Lisette the Vet teaches children to respect all living creatures, to face their fears and to rise to the challenge. Beautifully illustrated, they will want to read it over and over, and it’s sure to become one of their all-time favorites.
Holiday shopping for your pet isn’t easy. After all, they can’t tell you or Santa what they want in their stocking. If you’re still trying to find the perfect gift for your loyal, four-legged best friend, think about some of these gift suggestions. They are sure to bring a wag to any pet’s tail.
Singing Christmas carols, lighting the Menorah, visiting Grandma…going to the vet? Probably not your idea of a holiday event, but unfortunately many families find themselves visiting their veterinary clinics during the holiday season for unfortunate and preventable emergencies. While the holidays are festive times, they can also be very dangerous times for our pets. Each year thousands of pets are seriously injured during the holidays; intestinal obstructions, chocolate toxicity, burns, and pancreatitis are a few of the most common reasons pets need medical attention during the month of December. In order to ensure that your nights are filled with visions of sugarplums, rather than long waits in a veterinary emergency room, keep these things in mind:
Pets are inquisitive by nature and their curiosity can get them in trouble. While a Christmas tree adorned with glistening ornaments and lights may be a feast for our eyes, we would never think of putting one of those shining ornaments in our mouths. However, our pets see these twinkling objects as new toys beckoning to be examined, played with, and even eaten. Shattered glass ornaments are razor sharp and can injure pets and their people. We know ornaments can choke animals but unfortunately many of us don’t realize that linear objects, like tinsel, string, yarn, and ribbons, are also quite dangerous. Not only can pets become entangled but, if ingested, linear objects can cause life-threatening intestinal blockages unless they are promptly removed surgically. This is especially common with kittens and puppies.
Little paws can do more than break fragile glass ornaments; they can also knock over candles. Tipped candles can burn your pet or even worse lead to household fires.
If you have pets, avoid lilies, ivy, holly, mistletoe, Christmas greens, and poinsettias. These traditional holiday plants, if eaten, can cause symptoms as mild as vomiting and diarrhea or as serious as kidney failure leading to death. Lilies in particular are highly toxic to cats and chewing on leaves, flowers or any part of these plants can be deadly so I recommend keeping all lilies out of the house if you have cats!
Holiday food can have serious consequences for pets. Animals should never have access to chocolate or alcohol. Bones, except for those specially treated and intended for canine consumption, should also be avoided. Poultry bones can splinter and get lodged in the gastrointestinal tract. Ham and beef bones can break teeth or cause intestinal obstructions. Though tempting, and always appealing to dogs, you should avoid giving your pet leftovers or tastes of your own food, especially during the holidays. Not only can this lead to obesity and encourage annoying begging, it can cause a pancreatitis attack. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas usually caused by fatty foods like turkey, ham, gravy, and chicken skins. It is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated.
Remember these important tips during the holidays. Watch out for choking and obstruction hazards. Avoid pet-toxic plants or, at least, be sure to keep them out of reach of your pets. Don’t give animals chocolate, alcohol, or bones to your pets. And instead of giving your pet scraps from your holiday meal, buy your pet a pet-safe treat, a new toy, or a new outfit. Paying careful attention to these warnings will help keep the holidays happy for you and your pet and should prevent unscheduled visits to the vet.