The holidays just aren’t quite complete without something special for our furry friends. If you find yourself searching for just the right thing for them, consider one of these!
For Dogs who love squeaky plush toys, but ruin them within a day with punctures, go for the Kyjen Invincible Snake Dog Toy, a stuffing-free plush toy that comes with either 3 or 6 squeakers and a tail that rattles. The squeakers continue to work even if punctured!
If you don’t need the plush outside, you can’t go wrong with any of the Kong Squeezz toys – These toys are always durable and also continue to squeak when punctured.
We love dog treats that are easy to make yourself – you know exactly what is in them. For those who have baking on their schedule you can try this recipe and let us know how your dog likes them:
Homemade Dog Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup nonfat powdered milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup hot water or chicken broth
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. You may have to use your hands as it will be very dry. Pat it onto a cookie sheet to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes of your choice. You can let dry or bake in a 350 degree F oven until firm, about 10-15 minutes.
Once you’ve made your treats, you can use them in one of the treat dispensing toys to help keep your dog engaged and happy for hours! Look for durable, easy to clean dispensers like the Kong Ball or a Tux Treat Toy (you can mix the treats with peanut butter or dog food and serve either frozen or thawed)!
For your feline friend, try Hagen’s Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit for a complete sensory activity center. This is an expandable product which can be made larger with add on components too!
Of course, everyone knows how much cats love boxes. The Japanese Company, 9Lives makes a perfect magazine table that doubles as a hiding place for your kitties. While shipping for this item may be prohibitive, you might be able to use the concept for upcycling something similar.
And then there are the old standby’s, tried and true toys that all cats seem to love including feather dancers, string toys (for use with supervision), and catnip plushes (we like the refillable kind).
If you find your pet has a favorite gift this year, please share on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/LongviewAnimalHospital along with photos! It might just make our list for next year!