Dec 06 2018

Holiday Gifts for Pets

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With the holidays just weeks away, don’t forget to add your pets to your shopping list!

Pet owners care about their pets. In the US, this year alone, it’s estimated that pet owners will spend over 72 billion dollars on their pets! But buying a gift or two doesn’t need to break your bank – with a little thought you can come up with the kinds of gifts that meet your pet’s daily needs, are fun for everyone, and are easy on the pocketbook. Here’s a few ideas!

Puzzle food dish. If your pet eats from a standard stainless steel or plastic food bowl, consider a maze or puzzle feeder as a gift. Make mealtimes game time! Maze or puzzle feeders mentally challenge your pet (reducing boredom), encourage your pet to eat slowly, help with weight control, and even help with separation anxiety.

Interactive treat dispenser. Treat dispensers have the same benefits as puzzle feeders – your pet has to work to get the treat! With many dispensers, the level of challenge to access the treats can be adjusted. Treat dispensers are especially useful with high energy dogs.

Toys. Classic squeaky or crinkly toys are very attractive to most dogs. If your dog likes to play fetch, consider a new frisbee or ball. Most cats like toys that squeak, jingle, or rattle. A simple catnip toy may provide hours of irresistible fun! A variety of inexpensive, yet durable stuffed toys are available – even at the grocery store – if you need a last-minute gift for your dog or cat!

Toothbrush and toothpaste. Doesn’t everyone deserve a toothbrush in their stocking?! To help keep on top of brushing your pet’s teeth, why not purchase a new toothbrush and some tasty toothpaste? Your pet may not exactly say thank you, but dental care is such an important part of daily pet care.

Harness or collar. Harnesses and collars don’t last forever! Maybe it’s time for a new one, or even a personalized collar for your furry friend.

Don’t have a dog or cat? There are lots of great gift ideas for the pocket pets, birds, and reptiles in our families too.

Hamster or gerbil shelter. Hamsters and gerbils often chew on whatever they can – including their shelter – so check to see if your hamster is in need of a new one. Try to avoid plastic houses (and toys), as they get destroyed very quickly, and if plastic is swallowed, it can lead to serious health problems. Natural wood houses are the best.

Bird toys. Toys provide birds with mental stimulation and alleviate boredom. Be sure to only select toys that are specifically manufactured for birds and check that the materials are non-toxic. It is important to note that some kinds of wood are not safe for birds. If you are unsure, check with your veterinarian.

Reptile shelters or basking objects. A new enrichment item for your lizard or snake is a great gift idea. Objects with rough textures are ideal for snakes because they help the snake shed. A new shelter is a great idea if your reptile has outgrown the one it has.

Maybe your pet has everything he or she needs! Consider making a donation to a pet charity or your local humane society or donate some time to a shelter!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

LifeLearn News

Note: This article, written by LifeLearn Animal Health (LifeLearn Inc.) is licensed to this practice for the personal use of our clients. Any copying, printing or further distribution is prohibited without the express written permission of Lifelearn. Please note that the news information presented here is NOT a substitute for a proper consultation and/or clinical examination of your pet by a veterinarian.

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Harbour Veterinary Office is very concerned about pain management in pets. Because of this concern we have added the latest technology for the treatment of joint and soft tissue pain, the Companion Therapy Laser. This Laser introduces heat and light to the deepest tissues, which then reduces pain and swelling. This encourages the animal's own healing processes. The Laser is used routinely following every surgery, as well as for countless other applications. Virtually any painful condition can be made less painful with this therapy. Treatments last only minutes per site and require no anesthesia. Your pet will be very comfortable as this laser produces only slight warmth in the inflamed tissue. Laser Therapy for chronic conditions -ie.. arthritis - usually require 6 treatments to get your pet to a much more tolerable state. Booster treatments are then required every 4 to 12 weeks to maintain the reduced pain. If your pet is currently on a medication to reduce swelling and/or pain, this treatment may reduce or eliminate the need for oral medications. Please ask for more information from anyone on our staff, or go to the The Companion Therapy Laser website, in the Links section of our website.

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