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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.

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Keep your floors clean with the Neater Feeder

My cat-sized Neater Feeder

Are you sick and tired of your cats knocking their food and water all over the place? I am. Just a few weeks ago Socks knocked one of the water bowls over twice! (I think he enjoys watching me clean up after him.) Now, thanks to my nifty new Neater Feeder, I don’t have to worry so much anymore.

The Neater Feeder is a cool pet dish that keeps pet food and water off of your floors. It’s a two-part feeder that has an upper section that holds two pet dishes (I use one for water and one for food). The upper section has a series of drainage holes near the front, so when one of my furry friends knocks into it, the water will drip down through the holes into the bottom reservoir, but the holes aren’t so big that food falls down — keeping the bottom from becoming a soggy mess.

Osiris at the Neater Feeder

The dishes themselves are set into the feeder, and are surrounded on three sides by walls to keep the whole thing contained. My Neater Feeder also came with a set of extenders to raise the feeder up some more, but I didn’t need them. And, to be completely honest — I love this feeder! I don’t know how I ever lived without it. My cats have yet to knock it over (it’s pretty sturdy), the food stays on top, where it belongs, and water doesn’t end up all over the floor. If you’re tired of picking up the mess left behind after your cats or dogs are done eating, you need one of these.

The Neater Feeder comes in several different sizes in order to accommodate pets of any size. Mine is the smallest – the cat size (which retails for $37.95), but you can purchase small, medium and large ones as well. For more information, or to purchase one, go to the Neater Feeder website.

(Disclaimer – My Neater Feeder was sent to me by the manufacturer for my honest review. Check out my disclosure policy for more details.)

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