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Great Gift Ideas for Fido

The holidays are just around the corner! At this time of year, many of us are busy cooking, decorating, and shopping. Our canine buddies also deserve a special something: after all, Fido is an important part of the family! In this article, an Aurora, CO vet lists some great gift ideas for dogs.

Beds

A comfy bed is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Keep your canine pal’s age, breed, and personality in mind when shopping for a new doggy bed. Large breeds and senior dogs will sleep more comfortably on orthopedic mattresses, while smaller pooches often prefer bolstered beds.

Toys

Making sure your pup has plenty of playthings is very important! Toys help Fido stay active, and prevent doggy boredom. They also help your pet burn off excess energy, which can reduce many behavioral issues, like chewing and digging. Inspect your furry pal’s playthings, and replace anything that looks worn out.

Homemade Treats

If there’s one thing that’s bound to get Fido’s cute tail going, it’s doggy treats! When buying snacks for your pooch, always choose brands with ingredients you can actually identify and pronounce. If you like cooking, why not make some your furry friend some holiday treats? Homemade dog biscuits make great gifts for Fido’s buddies! Look online for recipes that use pet-safe ingredients, like meat; plain yogurt; peanut butter; and/or bananas. Ask your vet for more information.

Clothes

If your pooch has thin fur, he may need some extra protection against the cold. Consider getting your four-legged buddy a doggy sweater. Not all dogs need clothes, however. Pups with thick fur, like huskies, can actually overheat in clothes. Ask your vet for specific advice. When shopping for Fido, avoid anything with small pieces, like buttons, that he may try to eat. Zippers can also be a problem: you don’t want your pet’s fur getting caught in the teeth! Also, always make sure that your canine friend’s clothes fit well, and aren’t too tight or itchy.

Pain Management

Is your canine companion in his golden years? Does Fido have any mobility issues or health problems? If so, your pet may benefit from pain management treatments, such as acupuncture or doggy massages. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us! As your Aurora, CO animal clinic, we are here to help!

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