Are you planning to get Fido some holiday presents this year? Many people like to include their canine friends on their holiday shopping lists. There certainly is no shortage of great gifts you can find for your pooch in stores and online, but if you’re a crafty type, or are trying to save money, you can also make your pup’s presents. A San Jose, CA veterinarian lists some great homemade holiday gifts for dogs in this article.
Does your pooch love playing tug o’ war? You can make Fido a homemade rope toy simply by cutting up an old tee shirt, bed sheet, or dishtowel and braiding the strips together. Or, simply sew a sock around a plastic water bottle to give your pet a new chew toy.
There are lots of options online for homemade goodies you can make your pooch. Try muttloaf, which is, as you may expect, very similar to regular meatloaf. You can also make your furry friend homemade treats. Choose recipes that start with healthy, dog-safe ingredients like peanut butter, wheat germ, and Greek yogurt. You can customize Fido’s holiday cookies with cooked, plain meat; bacon bits; cheese; egg; cooked beans or carrots; or bananas. Just be sure to avoid using ingredients that are harmful to pets, such as garlic and onions. These also make great presents for Fido’s buddies!
If you have a yard, why not make your canine buddy a fun doggy playground? If you’re a handy type, you can build your pooch a cute doghouse. You can also surround your furry pal’s existing doghouse with canine jungle gyms. Bury old tractor tires upright to form tunnels, or make ramps out of plywood. Add rubber mats to protect your pet from splinters. Incorporate a small kiddie pool, or a sandbox for Fido to bury toys in. The options are endless!
Getting your pooch a nice, comfy doggy bed is one of the best ways to pamper your pet. Look online for some great options for DIY doggy beds. You’ll find adorable ideas for dogs of all sizes! Just be sure to stick to safe materials that Fido can’t eat.
Happy Holidays! All of us at your San Jose, CA animal hospital want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please contact us for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.