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Homemade Holiday Presents for Fido

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.

Clothes

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.

Bed

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.

Rope Toys

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.

Booties

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.

Treats

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.

8 Great Holiday Gifts for Puppies

Has a puppy recently joined your household? Congratulations! We love seeing baby dogs grow from adorable balls of fur into happy, healthy adult pooches. With the holidays approaching, this is a great time for you to get little Fido some of the things he will need. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some wonderful gift ideas for puppies.

Stocking

First and foremost, get Fido his own little stocking. Fill it with yummy treats; doggy dental care products; grooming supplies; and paw balm or wax. You can also include some clippers, to help you trim your furry buddy’s feet.

Bed

A doggy bed is a great gift for puppies! If your pooch is going to grow into a big dog, get him an orthopedic doggy bed. Smaller dogs may like bolstered beds, which have raised sides.

Doghouse

Do you have a yard? Consider getting Fido his own doghouse. Choose one that will keep your furry friend cool in summer and warm in winter.

Obedience Training

Making sure your dog knows basic obedience commands is very important. Consider giving little Fido the gift of education by enrolling him in obedience training and/or doggy daycare. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Chew Toys

Teething can be a fairly painful process for our canine pals. Little Fido may gnaw on anything and everything in sight while his choppers are growing in. Get your pooch lots of suitable chew toys.

Fun Playthings

Toys keep our four-legged companions happy and entertained, promote physical activity, and provide them with mental stimulation. Get your little buddy a cute toy box, and fill it with suitable toys.

Crate

Fido will likely need to be crated at some point, either during travel or at his vet’s or groomer’s, so it’s a good idea to get him used to his crate now. (Tip: choose a crate that will be the right size for Fido when he’s all grown up.)

Veterinary Care

In order to get your furry buddy started out on the right paw in life, you’ll need to make sure he gets proper veterinary care. Exams, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccines, and parasite control are all crucial to your four-legged pal’s health. Make Fido an appointment … and offer him a yummy snack in the meantime.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!