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Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

Posted December 01, 2010 9:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Gifts may be practical or frivolous, but for people with pets, gifts are even better when they include the furry members of the family! A few years ago I blogged about five gift ideas for people with pets. Here are five more, mostly geared toward dogs.

  • Dog Coats – Older dogs and those with thin hair/coats can benefit from a layer of warm clothing during the colder months. Fleece versions are best worn inside to stop shivers. Durable materials are great for the outdoors where it's wet and dirty. My beagles wear Foggy Mountain dog coats outside in the winter. These canine versions of horse turnout blankets are great for the snow.
  • Tough Toys – There are so many pet toys on the market to choose from now. Some are made of tough material in funny shapes, others have no stuffing, and others are very durable. A treat-filled Kong can keep a pet occupied for hours.
  • iPhone Apps – Mashable listed 5 apps for pet owners. These can allow you to keep your pet's information portable to make it easier to fill out veterinary forms; track your cat's weight over time to make sure he or she is staying within normal limits – and so you know that you're buying the correct medication dosage; or, find a nearby park to take your pet for a romp!
  • Collapsible Water Bowl – If you travel, walk, hike, bike, or otherwise leave home with your pet, it's important to bring water along. Collapsible bowls can be useful if space is at a premium.
  • Healthy Choices – These days there are many options for healthy and natural or organic foods for pets – some are even human-grade (these are usually found at specialty pet stores – not discount retailers). Some animals, like humans, can survive eating "junk food;" others do better with a healthier diet. Now may be the time to treat your pet by gradually changing over to a healthier diet and lifestyle. If buying food or treats for a friend or family members pet, always check with a pet's owner before buying. Never change a pet's diet suddenly. Look for a blog entry about canine nutrition coming in the future!

Editor's Note: No endorsement was received for writing about these products. If a specific brand was recommended it was personally purchased and tested or referred by a friend.

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12/01/2010 4:54 PM

The collapsible water dish looks pretty useful for outdoor shenanigans!

I went ahead and got my cat a little gift: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/pets/dcd0/

It's a little hub that rotates 360 degrees with a laser pointer, it'll be great to help him work off those holiday pounds he puts on from scraps fed from the family

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12/02/2010 8:17 AM

Sounds pretty neat! My cat seems to have outgrown toys, but once in awhile he'll chase after a fake mouse or jingle ball.

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