2011-12-14 / Features

'Tis The Season To Pamper Your Pet

The holidays aren’t just for indulging children; family pets could use some pampering, too.

In fact, a poll conducted by Petside.com reported that 53 percent of U.S. pet parents intended to get their animal companions a present during the holidays.

To help you get in the spirit of the season, here are some gift ideas for the furry friend in your life:

• A Holiday Feast. If you’re looking to discourage Fido from begging for holiday dinner scraps, why not get him a feast of his own? For example, Stella & Chewy's frozen and freeze-dried Dinners for Dogs are made of raw, natural meat, without added hormones or antibiotics. They also have freezedried Dinners for Cats with added vitamins, minerals, probiotics and just the right amount of taurine to keep your kitty healthy.

Or give into Fido’s sweet tooth with an after-dinner treat, such as Benni & Penni’s fruit-fortified jerky treats. Featuring a meaty piece of jerky wrapped around a fruit morsel, they come in a range of flavors, including chicken and kiwi, chicken and banana and chicken and apple.

• Mistletoe Kisses. Christmas comes but once a year, but periodontal disease can threaten dogs and cats at any time. Fortunately, innovative solutions -- like TropiClean’s “fresh breath made easy!” -- offer safe, natural ways to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy while freshening their breath and without brushing.

• Toys in Petland.

Whether your pet’s a smarty paws or just needs an outlet for his extra energy, there are a number of toys that let you interact with him in creative ways. For example, the Nina Ottosson Dog Maze lets dogs discover hidden treats in toys that wobble, rock and spin. And for the ultimate illuminated safety collar, check out The Company of Animals’ VIVID Collar – perfect for those dark winter walks!

For cats, consider getting a holidaythemed, biodegradable corrugated scratcher. For example, Imperial Cat’s Scratch ‘n Shapes scratchers are creatively designed to complement practically any d├ęcor. Their simulated tree bark texture provides cats with an ideal surface for scratching, relaxing, pouncing or playing. Each scratcher also comes with a bag of certified organic catnip to entice your kitty.

• Holiday Treats. If your dog makes Santa’s “nice” list, treat him or her to a liquid treat like Lickety Stik. The roll-on dispenser lets dogs experience all the excitement and flavor of a moist, meaty treat without the sticky mess for owners. Plus, it’s a fraction of the calories with none of the bulk of conventional treats.

And don't forget, when pampering your pets with gifts, keep their packages separate and unwrapped. Normal holiday trimmings like wrapping paper, ribbon and tinsel can be unsafe for curious animals.

By safely indulging your pets you can get every member of your family into the holiday spirit. —StatePoint

Photo (c) John Kelly - Getty Images

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