What’s in That Stocking? Only Safe Pet Presents, of Course!

Perusing the shelves or browsing online can only get you so far in the pursuit of gifts – and this is true for pets and people alike. Sure, you can surf endlessly and read reviews of similar-minded pet owners, but choosing new toys, treats, or gear can be a gamble. Also, without a little professional guidance, you could be placing your pet at risk. Believe us, we feel your pain. That’s why we’re confident in our list of safe pet presents that aim to satisfy and delight.

Gifts Galore

If your pet could talk, he or she would likely tell you that the only things on his or her holiday list are your time, attention, and snuggles. Of course, extra walks, visits to new places, and longer play times with favorite toys won’t hurt either. Beyond those important (and mostly free) offerings, there are some outstanding pet items out there, but are they considered safe pet presents?

Top of the Line Gear

If it’s been awhile since your pet has upgraded his or her collar, leash, tags, or other gear, this holiday season may be the right time. Not only safe, these snazzy accessories are really important. We suggest:

Also check out the Sony Dog Mount harness to record some of your favorite hikes or memorable moments. You can’t go wrong when you see the world through the eyes of your lovable pooch!

In the Kitchen

Some of the best safe pet presents are the ones that your pet uses every day. Items like this artisan double dog feeder or Doca Pet modern feeder work well to reduce tension and craning while eating/drinking. This Flower Fountain makes sure your cat is well-hydrated and gives a pop of color to his or her feeding station (or try this sleek stainless steel fountain). You may also consider Nylabone dinosaurs, Bob-a-Lot interactive feeder, or personalizing your pet’s existing food and water dishes.

The Snooze Doctor

Giving your pet a place to truly, deeply sleep is one of the greatest gifts. A self-heating orthopedic bed is a great option or check out this felted wool cat cave for the feline napper in your home. Warm your pet up with this bite and claw resistant “Hottie” hot water bottle. Tunnels, window perches, hammocks, or even a simple blanket are other excellent options.

Other Safe Pet Presents

Toys are vital to your pet’s mental and physical health. Whether he or she likes to chew, chase, pounce, tug, bat, or fetch, there are toys galore out there. Make sure, of course, that little pieces cannot come off and become a choking hazard. Strings and cords are also risky.

Investing in an exercise wheel, dog obstacle course, or Kitty City are other fabulous and enriching options this holiday season.

Lastly, to help corral all your pet’s goodies, consider purchasing a dog toy box or make one of your own.

Happy and Safe Holidays for All

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, we hope these safe pet presents hit the spot. Please let us know here at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions. Above all, we hope you have a safe, happy holiday season!

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