(N.Morgan) Many animal owners regard their precious pets as members of the family and often include them in family activities, including holidays like Christmas.
When buying toys or treats for pets, safety must be first and foremost, so your pet can enjoy Christmas too without any trips to the vet.
Just as when purchasing toys or treats for children, several things must be taken into consideration.
Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can present its own set of challenges.
There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights — oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree.
Here are a few favorite gifts for your favorite dogs in 2016:
Flatties, some that squeak, are always popular, said Mardi Larson, a spokeswoman for the retail chain PetSmart.
They are also cheap.
For the holidays, PetSmart has some with Christmas motifs, like a bright green dinosaur in a Santa cap.
“Pets just love to destroy their toys. Flatties are safe because they have no stuffing,” Larson said.
You can’t go wrong with balls.
Lots of balls.
Or go for durable toys in sturdy nylon or rope.
Consider safety in such things as sewn-on doodads or other swallowable bits.
Pet beds & bedding
As all of us know, a pet’s bed is really part of the home decor.
So shopping for one in just the correct style, just the right color, light take an extra moment or two to find one that looks reasonably good as a gift.
Maybe choose one with a holiday theme for an added festive feel.
For a classic or rustic look, PetSmart.com‘s exclusive Pendleton collection includes beds in autumn colors or colorful stripes.
The company also has combination gift sets that come with a dog bed, cozy blanket and bone toy, all for about $20.
Gifty boxed-up collections that look like human food fit right into the humanization of a pets trend building over the years, Larson said.
Her company carries treats that look like cannolis and macaroons, along with a bag of treats in the shape of lumps of coal, from Bocce’s Bakery. Organic. $4.49.
Outwardhound.com sells a cheery plastic doggie slot machine that will dispense kibble when a dog pulls down a front compartment. $24.99.
If you are short on cash this season, the videos below give some awesome DIY gifts you can make at home for little to no extra money. Craft the unique gift and package it in colorful paper and ribbons to have that very special and thoughtful item to give.