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 as a majority of us will spend big bucks on our dogs at home. Just how much? We went to the experts to find out.
Every year, we spend more on our pets. Of course, there are more pets in our homes than ever before. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet ownership has grown tremendously in the US. The first year they did a survey, 56% of the U.S. households owned a pet. Today in 2021, 67% of U.S. households own at least one pet, which is an estimated 84.9 million homes. The organization estimates pet owners will collectively spend over $109.6 billion on our pets this year. Yes, that number is correct: billion with a B! Think that sounds like too much? Well, in 2020 we spent $103.6 Billion on our pets in ACTUAL dollars. It makes sense this number will continue to grow.
The survey has 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 products and items to get your pet. These are some finds our pet-loving staff has discovered on our own. They are in no particular order, just one convenient list to help you get started with your holiday pet shopping.
Special Holiday Clothes
Let's face it: we love to dress our dogs in silly outfits. It makes us smile. Now, some are more extreme than others, but you can definitely find the outfit of your liking for your furbaby. Add a tasty treat for your dog when they put on the outfit, and it's a win/win. Be sure to have your camera close by when you get them in the outfits. If your dog is like mine, you have to be quick! Check out those images of the pooches all decked out for the holidays.
Maze Feeding bowl
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.
Winter is the perfect time of year for muddy paws to enter our lives. How do you clean them? There is a relatively new way to do it: the paw washer. What we like about them is the fact you don't have to put your dog in the sink or tub, just plunge a paw in the special paw washer. As there are a big variety, we suggest getting ones that fit by the size of your dog and then the cost. This item is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased on line or at your favorite big box retailer.
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.
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.
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.
There are all sorts of subscription services out there. There is even a subscription service that will find a subscription service FOR YOU! So once you have your favorite subscription service, you may think about getting one for your dog too. You can shower them with toys, goodies and more. Did you know you could also give them a subscription that is healthy? When you subscribe to Glyde Mobility Chews, you are giving your dog joint protection all year long. Simply add a Glyde subscription to your cart and renew as often as you want: every 30 days, 60 days or even 120 days apart. This is a great gift for dogs because Glyde helps keep your dog active and youthful!
Harness or collar
There are collars and harnesses in every style and color. For functionality, if you have a larger dog, get a harness with a handle on the back. This makes it easier to grab them, should they start to pull away. Another tip for walking your dog is if your harness has an attachment for the leash on the back AND the front. If you have a larger dog, they can easily pull you if you attach the leash to the back. A quick adjustment to put the leash on the front and you find they can't pull as easily. This has been a great addition to this dog walker's harness portfolio! Purchase harnesses and collars at your favorite retail location or online.
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.
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 on 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 the gift of their time and be grateful for the memories they provide. What are you getting your pets this holiday season? Let us know in the comments of our social media accounts. Enjoy the holiday season and your pets too!