Healthy Pets Holiday Gift Guide
WebMD offers ideas for pet gifts, from dog beds to music for cats. Get your pet something healthy and useful this year.
Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece: This fleece jacket made of Polartec
also includes reflectors and a side zipper (www.ruffwear.com).
Crew Cut Sweater: This acrylic sweater features a turtleneck and
cuffed sleeves for extra insulation (www.drfostersmith.com).
Question: Can music really calm a dog or cat and prevent
carsickness? Do they even hear the music?
Dr. Snyder says: To my knowledge, there haven’t been any studies
performed in dogs or cats that scientifically evaluate the effects of music on
calming nerves or preventing car sickness. However, there is plenty of evidence
in humans and primates that show beneficial effects of music, so it might be
possible! Dogs and cats do appear to hear and (anecdotally) respond to music.
While I can’t guarantee these products will work, they are very unlikely to
cause harm. If nothing else, we know music calms people, and we know our pets
respond to our emotions and anxiety level. So if we keep ourselves calm by
listening to music, our pets are more likely to remain calm as well.
Here are some examples:
DogGone Songs Travel Tunes CD: The music on this CD was composed by
Thomas Schoenberg (www.amazon.com).
Music Cats Love: While You Are Gone:
Offers original compositions from keyboardist/composer Bradley Joseph
Question: Do you need to protect your dog’s eyes from UV damage
with sunglasses? What kinds of trouble can the sun cause for your dog’s
Dr. Snyder says: Most dogs do not require extra protection for their
eyes from UV damage. The sunlight (and the UV rays that come from it) can be
harmful in a couple of circumstances, however. The most common is a disease
usually seen in German Shepherd dogs called chronic superficial keratitis (or
pannus). This disorder can cause blood vessels and tissue to cover the surface
of the eye (the cornea) and may eventually lead to blindness. UV light is
thought to cause this condition to progress. In people, UV light is thought to
contribute to cataract formation, but this link does not appear to be
significant in dogs.
However, if your dog is going to be out in very bright sun, eye protection
may simply make their eyes feel more comfortable. It will also help prevent
dust or strong winds from causing ocular irritation. If your dog will wear
them, they shouldn’t cause harm and may be useful.
Here are some examples:
Doggie Shades: These shades offer 100% UV protection, come in six
sizes and seven styles, and fit dogs of up to 200 pounds
Doggles: These glasses, offering 100% UV protection, are fashioned
after goggles and have fog-proof lenses (www.doggles.com).