Are you one of the 95% of Americans who buys Christmas presents for their pets? We'll bet you are! We've put together a list of vet-approved stocking stuffers for your dogs and cats. We've even linked directly to some of the items on Amazon to help you out in your Christmas shopping! (Links to Amazon are referral links.)
10 Vet-Approved Stocking Stuffers for Dogs and Cats
- Toys. Of course toys are the first things on our list! Pet owners need to be a little careful when choosing toys, especially for dogs who like to chew things. You want to stay away from toys that can be easily shredded or swallowed. For dogs, we like the Kong brand of toys. They are (practically) indestructible and last for a very long time, even with the most dedicated chewers. The "classic" Kong shape comes in a variety of sizes, and the dog bone-shaped Kong is fun for dogs of any size. For cats, we like plain old mouse toys like these. They are brightly colored, fuzzy, infused with catnip, and they rattle a little bit. Fun for every cat!
- Treats. Everybody needs a little treat at Christmas! Milk Bone biscuits or Greenies dog treats are crunchy treats that taste delicious and can help keep plaque from building up on your dog's teeth. Most cats love Temptations treats. Greenies also makes a crunchy treat for cats that is good for their teeth. There is even a Greenies treat that can help manage hairballs in long-haired cats!
- Dental care. Now that we have snacks taken care of, it's time to take care of those teeth! Keeping your dog's and cat's teeth clean is so important. Get a dog toothbrushing set or a cat toothbrushing set to practice good oral hygeine at home. If your pet has a lot of tartar built up on their teeth, loose teeth, a painful mouth, or really bad breath, they may need a dental cleaning by your veterinarian. (Call us to get a dental cleaning scheduled, or come on in to have our veterinarians take a look at your pet's mouth.
- Leashes and collars. Everybody needs some new accessories for Christmas! Now is a good time to freshen up an old collar, or upgrade to a bigger size. Leashes with reflective patches or lights are perfect for walks after dark. These collar clip lights are also a great way to keep yourself and your dog visible after dark.
- Flea & heartworm prevention. While we love for every dog to have a favorite collar, we don't recommend over-the-counter flea collars for flea control for your pets. They just don't work! We offer several different options for flea, tick, and heartworm control for your dogs and cats. Our favorite way to protect your dogs from these pesky pests is Proheart 12 (a single shot that protects your dog from heartworms for a full year) with a monthly oral medicine for fleas and ticks. Our recommendations for cats is Revolution Plus, a topical medicine that protects your cats against heartworms, fleas, and ticks. Call us to get your questions about flea, tick, and heartworm control answered, or come in during regular business hours to talk to our veterinary technicians or veterinarians about the best options for your pets.
- ID tags. With your pet's shiny new collar, they need some new ID tags, too! Check their current tags to make sure the information is correct. Pick up a new ID tag for your dog or cat with your name and phone number so you and your pet can be reunited if they get lost.
- Microchips. ID tags and collars are great... until they come off and get lost. Microchips are a form of permanent identification that can never get lost! It's easy to give your dog or cat a microchip, we can do it during a regular office visit! Call us if you have questions, or come in during our regular business hours to get a microchip for your pet.
- Booties. If your dog loves to walk in the cold weather, consider getting a pair of booties for her! Doggy booties like these will protect your pup's feet from cold concrete, road salt, and will keep ice balls from building up between their toes. You can also use these booties in the summer to protect their feet from hot concrete.
- Food bowls. When is the last time your pet got a new set of food bowls? Bowls like these can help your super-fast eater slow down and enjoy breakfast a little more.
- Furminator brushes. Are you ready for spring shedding? Our absolute favorite brushes are the Furminator brushes. They help to shed out the thick undercoat to get your pets ready for their summer coats. There are different sizes for dogs and cats (and even a bigger size for horses!). They are on the pricey side, but they are so worth it to control the pet hair explosions of the spring time!
What are you going to get your pet for Christmas?
If you can't decide, you can never go wrong with a gift certificate! We have gift certificates available for the Princeton Veterinary Hospital. A gift certificate purchase here works just like a credit on your account - use it for an annual exam, flea and heartworm prevention, microchips, food, or any other medical need for your pet. Come on in during regular business hours to get a gift certificate for that hard-to-buy-for pet owner on your list, or call us to purchase over the phone.
We will close at noon on Christmas Eve and are closed on Christmas Day. We are open our regular hours the rest of the week.
Have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy your celebrations with your family and your furry family members!