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.
Dr. Stickney says: Just as in people, joint pain in dogs is typically
worse during the colder months and after a period of rest. Joint pain caused by
arthritis usually lessens as the dog becomes more active throughout the day.
Giving your dog a comfortable, well-padded place to sleep will help lessen the
pain by reducing pressure on the joints. If the bed is placed in a warm area of
the house, away from drafts and windows, your pet will be even more
comfortable. The bed should be on the floor, so your pet can get in and out of
Here are some examples:
Dog Whisperer by Cesar Milan Microtec Gel Fill Orthopedic Napper:
This bed includes an orthopedic pad, a gel topper fill pad, and has a machine
washable cover (www.petco.com).
Quilted Super Deluxe Dog Bed: This bed offers a foam layer for
support and a soft outer layer for comfort (www.drsfostersmith.com).
Question: My dog is bored. How can I keep him mentally
Dr. Stickney says: Pets that are not given appropriate outlets for
their energy can develop destructive habits, like chewing shoes or scratching
the furniture. They may also gain weight from being less active, which can lead
to numerous health issues. Every pet is different when it comes to toys and
activities that will stimulate them. Some dogs will chase a ball all day and
others want to chew on a bone. Some cats will chase a toy mouse and others
expect you to bring the toy to them. Part of the fun is playing with your pet
and finding the things your dog or cat enjoys. In addition to toys, daily
exercise is good for you and your pet. Take your dog to the park to play or go
for a walk. Find a special toy your cat likes to play with; spend time using it
to interact with your cat. Teaching your dog tricks and practicing everyday is
also great mental exercise.
Here are some examples:
Agility Starter Kit: Create your own obstacle course for your pet
Dog E Logic: An interactive game/puzzle that progresses from easy to
more advanced (www.jjdog.com).
Pet Media Adventure Cat DVD Volume 1: Backyard Fun: This 60-minute
DVD is filled with squirrels, mice, pigeons, and other animals
Cat Toy Laser Beam Mouse: Cats can chase the ever-moving laser beam,
which owners control with their fingertips (www.amazon.com).
8. Question: I like to have a clean pooch. Is there a special kind of
shampoo to use to make him smell good? Will aromatherapy hurt? And is it
possible to let a wet dog get too cold?