If you are getting ready for the holidays, you may be putting together a list of gifts to get your family and friends this season. Of course, you wouldn’t forget your fur-baby during the holidays. Don't worry, you aren't alone.
According to American Pet Products Association, 67 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet; an estimated 84.9 million homes. And those pet owners collectively spent over $78.6 billion on their pets. Surveys have shown 95% of pet owners are going to get their pet something for Christmas. Most pet owners will spend at least $36 on their pet, while some will spend well over $100.
To help make your pet shopping easier, here are 10 things you didn’t know you needed for your pet, until now. These are some finds our pet-loving staff have discovered on our own. They are in no particular order, just one convenient list to help you get started with your holiday pet shopping.
Road iD is a great concept if you are like me and dislike the “ching-ching” of your pet's tag on their collar. Similar to a regular pet tag, you put all the details on this metal tag but it is more secure on your pet's collar than a typical tag as it won't fall off. You can also get one for yourself. According to statistics provided by Road iD, there are many reasons you should wear one. It convinced me. I was glad I did because I found myself using it recently when I lost my cell phone. With Road iD, you wear the phone numbers you need.
Why rely on your neighbors to help you find your dog when you can rely on your phone in real time? Plus, pet trackers have come a long way to be a more affordable. There are some that use GPS and others that use Bluetooth. Be sure you check the distance in its range. Some trackers have can alert you can turn on if your pet gets out of a safe zone, like a fenced in yard. Others have smaller alert zones and are more for if your pet is lost somewhere in the house.
There are a variety of pet carriers now available. Some are push strollers, some are designed to wear on your back and some are designed to wear on your side. If your dog is reaching a status where you still want them to come with you, but they don’t have the stamina to keep up then you might want to consider getting a pet carrier. For the variety in types, sizes and prices, check out this overview by Pet Life Today.
Glyde™ Mobility Chews
Give your dog the gift of mobility and pain-free joints. Amazingly, 80% of dogs will get arthritis by age 8, many younger than that. It all depends on how your dog ages. Glyde is a natural joint supplement that combats the signs of arthritis. What makes Glyde different is the proven levels of ingredients such as Green Lipped Mussel (GLM), chondroitin and glucosamine. GLM has many health benefits but it is most notably effective as an anti-inflammatory for joints. If you have a larger breed dog, you will want them to be on some sort of joint supplement. And if you are like me, you’ll want the best mobility supplement with proven levels like Glyde.
Dogs get wet from rain, taking a bath and swimming. Dogs have a lot of hair to dry. Enter one amazing young girl who came up with an interesting big idea: the Puff N Fluff. At the time, the inventor was only 9-years-old when she came up with a device meant to dry her dog. Now, the Puff and Fluff is saving time and headaches by drying your dog quickly and efficiently.
Dog Box Subscriptions
There are a few subscriptions out there. I tried Bark Box and my dog loved it. The themes are always fun and the dogs get a big kick out of opening the box to find out what’s inside. There are subscriptions tailored for little dogs and big dogs. It includes interesting treats and toys every month. This often saves a trip to the pet store at least once in a while.
Maze bowl for Feeding
If your dog is like mine, they can’t eat their food fast enough. Dogs, especially puppies, learned to fight for their food and eat as quickly as possible while they were with their mom and their siblings during nursing. However, as they age, eating fast can cause a variety of issues including vomiting and bloat. Plus, dogs that eat fast can eventually have weight problems. The goal is to slow down their eating, filling them up in a better way. Enter the dog maze bowl. This pattern makes them work to get every morsel out of their dog dish. Find your perfect dog maze bowl.
Squeaky toys can only go so far. Dogs love the idea of hunting for their treats. Enter adorable puzzle toys where dogs get the opportunity to grab squirrels out of the trunk or aliens out of the spaceship. They all make interesting squeaks, to the delight of your dog. There are some on every level, from easy to difficult to solve.
Activity and movement are important for humans, so it makes sense they would be important for your dog too. FitBark has made a great activity tracker so you can track your pet’s activity, sleep quality, distance, calories burned and overall health and behavior. What's nice about this tracker is you can keep an eye on their health too, even detecting skin issues. It's a wearable on the collar, so your dog hardly knows it's there.
More good news is that Glyde Mobility Chews and FitBark are offering the opportunity to bundle your purchase of both from the Parnell store. Then, your dog’s joints will be mobile so they are ready for more activity and you can track what they are doing to be sure your dog stays fit. Get your FitBark bundle at the Glyde store!
There are a variety of ways to see what your pets are up to when you aren’t there. Depending on your budget, you can have a simple camera to tune in and see what your dogs are doing. Or you can get a higher end camera that allows you to do 2-way talking to your dog and dispense treats for them. Simply set up the camera, install the system’s app to your smart phone, and enjoy communicating with your pet. This group did the work of trying out several pet cameras at a variety of price ranges.
No matter what you get your fur-baby for the holidays, take time to enjoy these gifts and be grateful for the memories they provide. Enjoy the holiday season and your pets too.