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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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Photo of the Day: Fat Cat in a Little Box

Slim isn’t so slim anymore, yet he still crammed himself into this comfortable box:

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Photo of the day: A cat’s life is SO hard

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January 10, 2014 · 8:07 pm

If you give some cats a box…

They’ll all try to sit in it:

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Photo of the day: A little tug-of-war

Horus and Baby decided to play with a shoelace. Of course, by the time I pulled out my camera, they weren’t so hyper anymore:

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Photo of the Day: Spoiled Rotten and proud of it

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September 12, 2013 · 4:23 pm

I do have willpower after all

Yesterday I went with my parents to Pawsibilities, home of the Humane Society of Greater Akron (where I adopted Abby 8 years ago.) And I walked out without a new fuzzy friend, because I have enough cats. My parents, however, weren’t so lucky. And I mean that in the best sense of the word. They went in to adopt a new cat in order to help them get over the loss of Casey, but wound up falling for and adopting two fuzzy little guys instead.

Meet Petey and Phillip:

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Adopt a new fuzzy friend for International Homeless Animals Day

Did you know that August 18th is International Homeless Animals Day? Since I’ve rescued quite a few cats in my life thus far, I’m going to enjoy it by giving them all catnip and watching them go nuts, but for those of you who want to celebrate the day by adopting a homeless animal, here are some handy tips courtesy of Bil-Jac:

Celebrate international Homeless Animal Day! Courtesy of Bil-Jac Super Premium Dog Food More than five million pets are put into animal shelters each year. The lives of these furry friends could be improved drastically with just a little help. Adopting a pet can bring joy into your family’s life and change the life of an animal. In honor of International Homeless Animal Day on August 18, 2012, Bil-Jac is sharing the following tips for a smooth transition if your family is considering adopting a pet:

Preparing: Ready your home and family for your new friend’s homecoming.

  • When choosing a pet to adopt, consider the breed, age and size and how he or she will fit with your family and living situation. Oftentimes, the shelter or rescue group will be able to give you some information about the kind of household each dog would do best in.  Spend time with the dog to get a feel for its energy level and temperament. For the first car ride home, it may be a good idea to bring a crate along, both for safety and to help calm your pet.
  • Make sure your spouse, children or roommates understand the responsibility – and the fun – that comes with pet ownership. Divide responsibilities for pet care as you would other household chores. Everyone should take a turn as the pooper scooper!
  • Pet-proof your house before your new addition to the family arrives! Puppies and other young pets may require gates near stairs or a crate to sleep in. Make sure the trash is securely closed, plants and breakables are stowed away, and there are no cleaning products or chemicals within reach. If you’re adopting a larger dog, be sure doors and knobs for the stove are removed or locked!


Transitioning: Make your pet part of the family!

  • Your furry friend could be very nervous about his new home, making accidents and abnormal behavior more likely. Be patient and give your pet time to get used to the sights, smells and people around him.
  • Let your pet know what to expect right away! A new pet will be confused initially, so set rules and a schedule immediately to help them adjust quickly. If you plan to crate train, have the crate ready when you bring your pet home. Be firm with your crate training and always reward good behavior!
  • Make introductions like a vocabulary lesson! Believe it or not, your new friend will have to get used to a new language of commands and names. Jump right in as soon as your new buddy comes home!
  • Depending on what happened in your pet’s former life, socialization may be a challenge. He may not know how to behave on walks or with children, so be careful at first. Correct poor behaviors with consistency and patience.

In a few short weeks, your dog will be comfortable, in a solid routine and will let his true personality shine! Keep to the regular routine you set initially and ask your veterinarian for help if health or behavior issues arise. Most of all, love your pet like he or she has always wanted someone to, the favor is sure to be returned!

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Photo of the day: Socks has a thing for shoes

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Super Hero Dogs!

This press release found its way to my inbox a few weeks ago, and I can’t resist writing about it here. Marvel Entertainment joined forces with Fetch…For Cool Pets! and this is the result:

Marvel Spiderman Stunt T - $12.00

These cool Super Hero dog t-shirts, bandanas and toys are only available at Petsmart.

I wonder if I could get one of my cats to sit still long enough to wear one of these. I think Horus would look pretty good in an X-Men T.

You want me to wear WHAT?!

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