Putting a Pup On Your Holiday Shopping List
Parents everywhere find that the craziness of the holiday season is all worth it when they see the look on the face of the recipient – including pet parents. With the holidays just around the corner, now’s a good time to “present” you with some gift ideas that will not only make your pooch’s day, but will also help keep them safe and healthy.
Fancy Sweater or Coat: Dogs of all shapes and sizes get cold when the temperature starts to drop. Fortunately, a wide variety of dog sweaters and jackets are available to help keep pups from turning into pupsicles.
Stylin’ booties: Beyond making a fashion statement, booties (see above image) protect dog paws from salted areas and cold pavement. Remember, our four-legged friends are sensitive to hot and cold surfaces too.
Raised Food Bowls: Raised food bowls help align your dogs mouth with its stomach, making digestion a smoother, more pleasant process. Another benefit of raising the food bowl is less strain on your dog’s neck and back.
A Puppy Massage: This puppy present is a DIY, but there is an added bonus: it benefits you, too. Petting a dog lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress hormone levels, while also increases oxytocin levels (the love hormone) for both you and your dog.
A Luxurious Leash: Every pampered pooch deserves a luxurious leash for long walks. There are many quality leashes out there, and if you’re really looking to spoil your dog, go for a matching harness or collar.
Healthy Dog Treats: This is an option you can purchase, or DIY. There are many long lasting, healthy treats that you can share with your dog this holiday season. Try an antler, dehydrated yak’s milk, or make your own jerky! No matter which way you go, your dog will undoubtedly devour his or her newfound treats.
While shopping for the dogs on your list this holiday season, please also keep in mind the many dogs that are without loving homes, and consider an extra purchase for a dog in need that will surely appreciate your holiday generosity.