Santa Paws: My 2017 Holiday Pet Gift Guide

Written on December 16, 2017 by Rachael Gillis Hospital: Ethos Veterinary Health

I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite ones to shop for on my (exceedingly long) Christmas list are my pets. My fur kids are what make my life merry and bright all year round, and they deserve to be spoiled rotten come the holidays – and they certainly are! I love the new, interactive, and adorable pet-related items and watching their curiosity turn to excitement when they get their presents on Christmas morning is priceless. Some of these are classics, while others are brand spanking new; here are my top 10 pet gifts for 2017:

#1: Matching Dog/Human Pajamas

I’m pretty sure this is a new thing this year, and all I can say is, “what took so long!?” I’ll take four please.

Where you can find it: fabdog.com

Image from: fabdog.com

Image from: fabdog.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2: Peek and Play Cat Toy Box

Full disclosure: I bought this one for my Floyd this year. Though I haven’t given it to him yet, I have a good feeling about it. If your cat enjoys hiding their toys and treasures (aka all my missing bobby pins) in random places, you’ll understand.

Where you can find it: chewy.com

Image from: Heavy.com

Image from: Heavy.com

 

 

 

 

 

#3: Supplements

When my little ‘ole Casey was still with us, joint supplements were a stocking stuffer must-have for his old, arthritic doggie joints. You could even throw in a box of Heartgard or flea & tick medication. Pricey, but practical.

Where you can find it: your local Petco/Petsmart, veterinary offices, or online pet pharmacies

Image from: chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4: That Squeaker Toy

This is a staple item for my pup Brady. Not any one in particular, but the more squeakers the better. Like this one that has sixteen squeakers! Grab your ear plugs. (Be sure to monitor your pup during play time in case any squeaker gets free. Dispose of the toy and parts once your dog wins the battle.)

Where you can find them: any pet store or pet aisle virtually anywhere. This one is on chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5: A Box

I dedicate this one to all the minimalist cats who just need a nice box to keep them happy. Sleeping, playing, scratching; they may just live in it.

Where to find one: if you’re an online shopper, you’re all set.

 

 

 

 

#6: Holiday Cookies

Honestly, a little package of holiday dog or cat treats are adorable and look good enough for humans to eat! Your pet is bound to love this great treat.

Where you can find them: pet stores or online. These are from Petsmart:

Image from: petsmart.com

Image from: petsmart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7: Bed, Blanket, and Pillow Gift Set

I buy these for Brady every year because they’re just so darn cute and cozy. They are washable, but he’s a good boy and he deserves an annual upgrade every December.

Where you can find it: petsmart.com

Image from: petsmart.com

Image from: petsmart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8: Turbo Scratcher

The name says it all. I got one for Floyd last year and he went bananas, and a year later he still has a blast. Although, the ball goes off the rails and disappears every now and then. This marks the start of a new game: ball hunter!

Where you can find it: chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9: Chuckit! Launcher

My lazy, couch potato of a dog wouldn’t be interested in this one, but I’ve seen some pretty happy dogs (and owners) on beaches and in parks using this nifty tool. It’s a win-win: pet owners can throw the ball further without dislocating their shoulders, and dogs get to run much further to get the ball – we all know a tired pup is a good pup, so win-win!

Where you can find it: Petco, Petsmart, or chewy.com

Image from: petco.com

Image from: petco.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10: Hide a Squirrel Puzzle Dog Toy

This one was recommended by a coworker who claims her dog LOVES it. There’s even different themes, from squirrels in a tree (like this one) to peas in a pod! Puzzle toys are great for keeping dogs busy and entertained, but he/she may require assistance once all of the squirrels have successfully been removed and a refill is in order.

Where you can find it: chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

Image from: chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it! Of course, be sure to consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet any new treats, supplements, or toys that you’re unsure of. And lastly, have fun! There’s plenty of cool, wacky, and adorable pet products out there to choose from. What will your pet find under the tree this Christmas?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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