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Guest post – 5 Great Holiday Gifts for Dogs

By Dr. Fiona Caldwell, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats.

 pets bestNot sure what to get your dogs for the holidays? Here are five great gift ideas to say thanks to the pups in your life for their unconditional love all year long. You’ll make their tails wag, and several of the items double as a gift for you!

 1. Dental chew toys

Dental disease is one of the most common preventable diseases seen by veterinarians. There are toys available for your dogs to chew on that are designed to remove plaque and prevent tartar formation. This can help stop the progression of dental disease and freshen breath. The added bonus of this is your dogs’ better breath when they get in your face to give you kisses – wanted or not! Your local dog store can help you find a dental chew toy that will be best suited for your dogs.

 2. Bowls designed to slow eating

When dogs gulp their food down quickly they often aren’t chewing the kibble. Chewing on their kibble can actually help prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and preventing tartar. In addition, eating quickly can cause excessive air to be swallowed by your dogs, which then leads to them having gas. And really, no one likes dog gas. There are bowls that are designed to slow down your dogs’ eating. With the benefits of eating slowly, both you and your dogs will be getting a gift! Your local dog store can help you find a slow eating bowl that will work best for your speed eater dogs.

 3. Treat Puzzles

There are many educational toys for dogs that require them to “work” for a treat. These usually require pets to figure out how to open compartments or tinker with the toy until they are rewarded with the treat. Educational toys are great because they reduce boredom and increase cognitive functions. These toys are a perfect gift for all dogs, but those who will benefit the most are puppies, working breeds that need mental stimulation, and senior dogs. Educational toys can help slow the progression of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in older pets, which is a little like Alzheimer’s disease. Your local dog store can help you find the best puzzle toys for your dogs.

 4. A canine photo shoot

Celebrate your love for your pets by capturing a picture of them. Take photos of your dogs, have a photo shoot done with the whole family, or use one from the hundreds you probably have on your cell phone! There are tons of photo gift options available these days, including simply framing the photo, making it an art print on canvas, making a custom iPhone case, and putting a picture of your dog’s mug on a mug.

 5. Pet Insurance

Give the gift that keeps giving! Studies show that people with pet insurance visit the veterinarian’s office more regularly. Regular veterinary visits will help keep your pets happy and healthy. Pet health insurance will help ensure your dogs receive the best veterinary care by alleviating the stress of the hefty bill that often accompanies it.

See more at: http://www.petsbest.com/blog/5-great-holiday-gifts-dogs/#sthash.bAIarpPO.dpuf

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Random thoughts: Post-Christmas edition

Holiday stuffing:

Yesterday was what I call Thanksgiving Take 2: a post-Christmas, Christmas celebration with my parents at Cracker Barrel. After stuffing myself with chicken fried chicken, biscuits, hashbrown casserole and mashed potatoes and gravy, I was too full to move. Or eat the fried apples that came with my meal. (I wound up eating them later, though.)

Video game widow:

My husband used his Game Stop gift cards (thanks mom & dad!) to buy himself the new Skyrim V: the Elder Scrolls. He’s been playing it almost non-stop since we got home yesterday. I practically had to force him to stop playing so that he could make dinner. Two seconds after wolfing down his food — he’s playing again! At least it keeps him busy.

Box cats:

Socrates squishing Horus in order to gain control of the box…

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Holiday wish-list madness

Everyone keeps asking me what I want for Christmas, and I keep saying, “I don’t know.” So I sat down and thought about it – what DO I want for Christmas? That’s reasonable, not impossible…

Well, I wouldn’t mind finding a Nintendo Wii under my non-Christmas tree. (After all, Christmas trees + cats don’t mix.) I also wouldn’t argue with someone who wanted to buy me an ebook reader of some sort. I still haven’t decided between Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, or Border’s Kobo, though.

And that’s all I can think of. I really don’t need anything, besides new tires for my car, but that fits into the Crazy Impossible Category since I’d also need new struts and tie rod ends to go with those tires.

A gym membership of some sort would be helpful. I wonder if you can buy a package of “Ambition” to go with that to help get me into the gym to use said membership?

*Sigh* I guess I’m just going to ask for bookstore gift cards like last year.

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