Australians spend around $673 million a year on pet products and accessories, according to a recent survey, so it will come as no surprise that our pampered pets are set to be spoiled this Christmas.
“Pets are an important part of the family and it’s not unusual for some pet owners to wrap up a present for their furry friend and put it under the tree,” said Dr David Neck from the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).
“There are many ways you can show your pet how much they mean to you without spending a fortune. What our pets need the most of course is our love and attention, and some good quality pet food. But there are some simple things you can give and do that they’ll really appreciate, which are good for them too.
“And then there are presents at the other end of the scale you could consider, if you feel like really spoiling them and having a bit of fun yourself,” he said.
— AustVeterinaryAssoc (@AustVetAssoc) November 30, 2016
Pet Insurance Australia has also launched their yearly Pet Christmas Gift Guide full of wonderful ideas for the Christmas season.
Emily Grimes from Amaroo Pet (amaroopet.com.au), one of Australia’s leading online pet retail outlets agrees with Pet Insurance Australia that spoiling our pets at Christmas is a growing and important trend.
“They are such a valued member for the family, who doesn’t want to spoil their pets,” She says. “There is absolutely and increase in sales around the festive season, with so many great Christmas ideas and packages for pets.”
Dog gifts for Christmas
Some doggy gifts for 2016 to consider include:
A fancy dog tag and doggy-couture collar
“While microchipping increases the chances of your dog being returned to you if it gets lost, a name tag provides an additional source of identification,” says the AVA.
Pet Insurance Australia suggests the HedzUpPets Water Collar by Lisas Pet Products. To be worn to help prevent accidental drowning, the collar keeps your dog’s head above water, even if he becomes exhausted or unconscious.
A new Frisbee or rubber ball
“(It’s) a great way for both you and your best friend to spend time together and get exercise at the same time,” says the AVA.
“And if you’re out in the sunshine why not put a new pair of Doggles (sunglasses for dogs) on your best friend.”
Pet Insurance Australia suggests the NERF DOG Tennis Ball Blaster. High-powered blasting action launches your dog’s favourite fetching tennis ball over 50ft in the air. When your dog brings it back, stay in the game by placing the barrel on the tennis ball and pick it up “hands-free”.
A backyard in a box
For the city-dwellers, a backyard in a box offers a mini-lawn. A great alternative for dogs living in smaller homes or apartments.
Despite being odourless to humans (which makes them a great inside treat) they are irresistible to dogs and will most likely keep your dog busy for weeks if not months.
Or of course, you could simply go for a nice, meaty bone – or even a cupcake…
— Pet Insurance Aus (@PetInsuranceAus) November 18, 2016
Speaking of food, another suggestion from Pet Insurance Australia is the Outward Hound Fun Feeder. The Slo-Bowl is a natural, healthy, and playful solution for dogs that gobble their kibble too quickly. The nature-inspired designs promote natural eating habits by requiring dogs to forage for their feasts. Moreover, by prolonging feeding times, Slo-Bowls reduce the risks for bloat, regurgitation, and canine obesity. Dogs quickly learn to ‘chase’ their food through the maze of ridges and valleys, making dinnertime feel more like a hunt.
Of course, Christmas isn’t all fun and games for our pets – reading our warning on what not to feed your pets at Christmastime – and some tips on how to keep your pet healthy!