A Christmas Gift Guide For Your Dog

New toys

Treat your pooch to some new toys! Your dog will have great fun playing with them and the whole family can join in too!

Go For:
Good quality, durable toys that can withstand chewing, throwing and burying! Toys that are made of sturdy rubber and knotted rope are ideal for dogs. There are plenty of great quality, safe Christmas themed dog toys on the market.

Avoid:
Plush toys and teddys. They have parts that are easily swallowed and could cause harm, such as plastic eyes, buttons, noses and squeakers. They aren’t really designed for tugging, chewing or burying.

Battery operated toys. Make sure your dog’s new toy does not contain batteries. Batteries can cause serious harm to dogs if swallowed.

Yummy treats

Win over your dog with some Christmas treats.

Go For:
Some good quality dog treats. Ensure that they are made by well known brands. This way, you can relax knowing that the ingredients are safe for your dog to eat or chew on.

Avoid:
Too many treats. We all over indulge on the sweet treats at Christmas but try not to feed your dog too many snacks, it may make them sick. Overfeeding a dog can also lead to an abundance of health problems including obesity and diabetes.
Human treats. Our human Christmas treats can be dangerous for dogs. So, avoid feeding them:

  • Caffeine
  • Onions, garlic, and chives
  • Alcohol
  • Mouldy foods (bread, nuts and dairy)
  • Grapes & raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Top of Form
  • Bottom of Form
  • Yeast dough
  • Corn on the cob
  • Bottom of Form
  • Xylitol
  • Chocolate

Be sure to keep these foods out of reach, in case your dog fancies helping themselves!

Shampoo 

Ensure your dog looks and feels their very best for Christmas with a new shampoo! A clean, smart pooch is sure to win over your Christmas guests.

Go For:
A gentle and natural shampoo. Scrub up your pup with PET CARE Sciences Puppy Shampoo. The high-quality professional grade formula gently leaves puppies over 12 weeks old smelling great with their coat in wonderful condition. PET CARE Sciences also offers a 5-1 shampoo. It cleans, conditions, deodorizes, detangles and moisturises!

Avoid:
Cheap synthetic shampoos. Watch out for pet shampoos that contain Sulphates, Parabens, Phosphate, MEA or DEA as these can be harsh on your dog’s skin and fur. PET CARE Sciences shampoos are gentle and 96% naturally derived. The ingredients include soothing coconut oil and oatmeal.

Human shampoos. These also contain chemicals that are too harsh for a dog’s delicate skin. They are not designed for pets and tend to irritate them.

A Comfy Bed 

Has your pet’s bed seen better days? Your dog is sure to appreciate a brand-new comfy one! They can also retreat to it if the Christmas celebrations become a bit too much.

Go For:
The perfect shape and size. We all have different needs when it comes to a comfortable place to catch our zzz’s. There are beds available to every kind of dog. Take your dog’s preferences into consideration. Do they like to curl up in a snuggly bed or do they sleep stretched out? Do they have aches and pains? A memory foam bed may help them relax. Pet beds are better when they are sufficiently padded and are made from a comfortable material. If your dog is fan of mud and dirt, it is good idea to get an easily washable bed too.

Avoid:
Don’t go for dog beds just because they match your furniture or incorporate into your colour theme. They need to be a comfy, safe place for your pet.

Good luck and Merry Christmas from PET CARE Sciences!