Healthy Dog Gifts

10 Suggestions for your unconditional hairy love

Healthy Dog Gifts

Healthy Dog Gifts

In a survey of 1,235 dog-owners by Vetstreet.com, 96% reported buying presents for their pets. The most frequently mentioned gifts were treats and foods followed by leashes, collars, harness, bowls, feeders and beds.

High Priority Pets

Dollars don’t lie and they tell us that our pets are far more important than a lot of essentials. “In 2011, households spent more on their pets annually than they spent on alcohol ($456), residential landline phone bills ($381) or men and boys clothing ($404),” reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average household spending on pet food alone was $183 in 2011. This was more than the amount spent on candy ($87), bread ($107), chicken ($124), cereal ($175) or reading materials ($115). Even when spending at restaurants dropped during the recession (December 2007–June 2009), spending on pet food stayed constant, says the BLS.

We spent $60.59 billion in 2015 on our critters, $2 billion more than 2014, according to the American Pet Products Association. Spending on pets is about more than food and veterinary bills though. While $15.73 billion went to veterinary care and billions more to food, pet owners have plenty of dollars left over to lavish their family members with fun, fashionable and healthy presents.

Here are a few fun ideas for this Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to make your pooch feel special—and remember a lot of times a portion of your purchase will become a donation to humane organizations.

1 SHEDDING. Everyone with a dog that sheds needs one of these. Fur-Zoff is the easy way to get through the shedding wars by making it easy to clean up the fabrics in your home. Plus, we like that it is made from 90% post-consumer recycled materials (the debris in curbside recycling boxes). fuizoff.net

2 ARTHRITIS, JOINTS AND AT HLETIC PERFORMANCE. Since one of our HealthyLivinG canines is a Frisbee chasing maniac, we thought a Back on Track performance coat might be a good deal. Combining modern textile technology and traditional Chinese medicine, Back on Track blankets and jackets are made of functional textiles with heat reflective properties. Their Welltex ceramic blanket is an example of high tech Traditional Chinese Medicine and scientific combining technology. During the manufacturing of polyester or polyester fabrics, ceramic particles are fused into the fibers. When heated, the ceramic particles radiate heat towards the body. This reflected heat is long-wave heat radiation, which is also known as long wave infrared radiation. Since the ceramic particles are melted into the threads they can never wash out and their products will always be effective. Some of the first wraps made are still going strong after daily use for more than 10 years, the company says. The increased blood circulation in the tissues helps to relieve muscles tension and improves performance. backontrackproducts.com

3 MOBILITY. We’re so grateful for HandicappedPets.com, which is a heavenly sent online spot to find everything for aging, disabled and injured pets. Their veterinarian-approved Walkin’ Wheels is designed to help animals with hip and leg problems due to degenerative myelopathy, dysplasia, arthritis, paralysis, slipped disc, spinal and neurological problems, surgical recovery and more.

4 ANXIETY. There’s no need for medication to treat dog anxiety. Pettura Supplements offers liquid vitamins in an easy to use pump bottle. Pettura Calming is a drug-free product that combines chamomile with L-trytophan, ginger root and valerian extracts and is suitable to treat dogs of all sizes and breeds. In a study, pet parents report that Pettura Calming effectively reduced stress in 15 minutes. pettura.com

5 KALE DOG. Dogs Love Kale supplies them a super food that aids bone health with vitamin K and digestion with fiber. These canine treats are available in eight delicious, crunchy flavors and three new soft treats that include the newly introduced nutrition star, moringa. dogslovekale.com

6 WINTER CLOTHING. Reflective strips and brilliant colors make NEO-PAWS™ products unique and attractive, especially their adorable full body winter suits. neopaws.com

7 GOOD TEETH. PetzLife Complete Oral Care Spray and Gel removes plaque and tartar, reverses gum disease and freshens breath without brushing. It is 100% guaranteed and recommended by vets. petzlife.com

8 PORTABLE DOG WATER . With H2O4K9 the lid is the bowl. H2O4K9 dog water bottles and travel bowls take care of the basics when traveling. h204k9.com

9 GROSS NATIO NAL HAPPINESS. We adore the office queen, our Chihuahua companion, when she struts inside in her stunning handcrafted sweater with the Bhutanese diamond symbol, which represents an awakened mind, ultimate truth and spiritual power. (A matching Diamond Tunic is available for those doggie moms who want to feel that much closer to their beloved canines.) Chews Happiness’ products are lovingly created in the tiny country of Bhutan, which measures its progress in Gross National Happiness. In addition to material comfort, the government focuses on the health and happiness of its people, animals and environment. chewshappiness.com

10 VIDEO CHAT. PetChatz ($349) provides a video chat with your beloved dog or cat. PetCube ($199) does something similar, and even lets you play laser games with your pet while you’re away. petchatz.com, petcube.com

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