Pet Presents for the Holidays

Dec 09, 2019

The holidays are about love and family and our pets are an important part of that!  Hang your cat’s stocking on the mantel with the rest of the family’s and wrap a present for your pooch!  I’m here to give you some safe and fun holiday gift ideas for your furry friends!

1. Snaaaaaacks!  What pup wouldn’t love a special dog bone cooked with love straight from your kitchen?  My favorite easy dog treat recipe is 1 cup canned pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup peanut butter (no xylitol or sugar substitutes), 2 cups of whole wheat flour and ½ tsp cinnamon.  Combine all ingredients into a dough, roll out and cut with your favorite cookie cutter and bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 350° for 20-40 minutes (depending on how crunchy you want them to be).  Cool and serve or refrigerate for up to a month.  For kitty treats, combine 10oz canned salmon and 1 egg in a food processor until well combined and fold that mixture into 2 cups of whole wheat flour.  Roll out dough and cut out treats with a cookie cutter and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.  When they are slightly brown and crunchy, they’re done!  Cool and serve of store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

2. Genetic tests.  Want to see if those big feet are from Great Dane relatives or if your long-haired cat actually has Maine Coon ancestors? The Canine Wisdom Panel gives you information about several generations of canine ancestors and also tests for many genetic diseases based on what your dog’s lineage is comprised of.  It also tests every dog for the multi drug resistance gene (MDR-1) which helps your veterinary team to know which drugs (especially anesthesia drugs) your dog may be more sensitive to.  For cats, the Base Paws test is the most developed and the most similar to the Wisdom Panel, giving you information about what breed groups your cat is related to and health markers for genetic diseases.

3. Toys galore!  The best way to keep a pet busy and not chewing on your couch out of boredom is to get them great toys that keep them active.  There are everything from an automatic ball chucker for your active dog to fully automatic laser pointers and exercise wheels for cats.  I also love food puzzles as toys because they slow down eating, increase satiety because your pet isn’t gobbling down food, and they stimulate your pet to be more active and mentally engaged.  These are great for exercise and for weight loss and those dogs or cats that tend to get bored.  It’s a wonderful way to keep your pet busy when you’re away!

4. Seatbelts.  While this is more a practical gift your mom would get you, instead of a super cool gift your fun aunt would get you, it’s super important for car travel with your pet.  Simply click in the seatbelt to your cars seatbelt mechanism and clip the other end to your dogs harness or cats carrier to help prevent them from being hurt in a wreck, escaping into oncoming traffic if an accident were to occur, or causing you distraction while driving.  Hillcrest Animal Hospital sells seatbelts for $10 and profits benefit a charity that helps provide veterinary care for elderly people in South Carolina through the charitable arm of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians http://www.scav.org/scvets-care-foundation/

Dr. Stacy Logsdon