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.
4. Question: Do my dog’s feet need protection from snow and rain? What
kind of trouble can my dog’s feet get into?
Do I need Uggs for Dogs? And
are other outdoor products, such as protective vests, worth the
Dr. Snyder says: This question goes back to the answer for the first
question: it all depends on your dog and your environment. In general, dogs’
feet are naturally durable and their thick foot pads can tolerate most types of
surfaces and environments. However, those in very cold locations or dogs who
are out in the ice/snow for extended periods of time could definitely benefit
from foot protection. Also, if your dog is going to be walking on sidewalks
where ice melting-materials have been used, boots may provide additional
protection from these more caustic substances.
Protective vests are an excellent idea for hunting dogs, field trial dogs,
or dogs that will be out in the wilderness for any reason. These vests come in
bright colors and with reflectors to make sure that you and other people can
easily spot your dog in thick woods or dark lighting. They are a wonderful
protective tool for the working dog.
Here are some examples:
Muttluks: These boots and paw protectors come in a variety of sizes
and styles and in all-weather and fleece-lined versions
Dog Safety Vest: This reflective vest comes in bright orange
Question: My vet says my dog is too fat. How can I get some
more exercise for him?
Dr. Snyder says: Exercise can become more challenging in winter
months, simply because it’s harder for us and our pets to brave the elements.
But the same rules still apply! Walks and playful activities are great ways to
increase your pet’s exercise and help get rid of those extra pounds. You can
either prepare your pet for the outdoors by using some of the coats/foot
protection described above, or you can play games indoors so you can both stay
warm. There are many products out there that are “house-friendly” and still fun
for your dogs to play with. Anything that gets them up and moving is good
Here are some examples:
Ball Blaster Retractable Ball Thrower: This compact ball helps you
throw farther. The “dental” ball is gentle on the teeth (www.amazon.com).
Pet Pedometer: Keeps track of how many steps your pet takes
Small West Paw Huck Zogoflex Ball: This ball is made of a special
material that bounces in all directions (www.dogtoys.com).
6. Question: My dog has arthritis and joint pain. She has trouble getting
in and out of her bed. How can I make it easier for her to sleep?