Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If not, you aren’t alone! Don’t forget to pick up something for your dog. Fido definitely deserves a special gift! After all, he’s loyal, loving, and super cute. Store-bought presets are fine, but if you want to save money, or just like being crafty, you can also make your pet’s things. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some homemade gifts you can make your dog.
It may be easier than you think to make your pooch a cute little jacket. You can find patterns online that you can make from scratch. Or, you can upcycle a small sweater.
A comfy doggy bed is a great gift for your furry friend! If you have a large breed, turn over a coffee table or table with four legs. Stain or paint it, then add an orthopedic pet bed or a child’s mattress. A hard-shell suitcase, end table, or hatbox can be upcycled into a cute bed for smaller dogs. Look online for more ideas.
Is Tug-O-War your pup’s favorite game? To make a rope toy for your furry pal, cut an old tee shirt or pillowcase into long, thin strips. Next, you’ll want braid those strips together. To make it prettier, use alternating colors. Then, braid the braids together. Tie the end off into a big knot. Voila! Instant happy dog.
Many of our four-legged buddies hate walking on snow. You can’t really blame them: going barefoot in freezing weather probably isn’t much fun! Salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icers can also damage Fido’s paws. You can also buy your pet some soft booties. Or, make your own! Look online for ideas and instructions.
Do you enjoy cooking? Why not make your pup some yummy homemade treats? You’ll find some great recipes online. Just stick to the ones that use ingredients that are safe for Fido. Some suitable options include sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; liver powder; wheat germ oil; natural peanut butter; eggs; cheese; bacon bits; wheat-germ oil; and whole-wheat flour. Certain fruits and veggies, such as pureed pumpkin or squash, bananas, peas, and carrots, are also safe. Ask your vet for specific advice on safe and unsafe foods.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Moore Animal Hospital, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime.