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Holiday Gifts for Dogs

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Or are you just getting started? Your canine buddy definitely deserves a special present or two! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet lists some holiday gifts for dogs.

Toys

If your pooch could write Santa Claws his own wish list, we suspect that toys would be at the top of it. Actually, making sure Fido has plenty of appropriate toys is very important! You can opt for classic dog toys, like rope pulls or tennis balls. Or, try something more modern, like a mechanical ball launcher.

Beds

Fido is always adorable, but he manages to be extra cute when he’s snoozing in a comfy doggy bed. This would make a great gift for your four-legged friend! Senior dogs and large breeds may prefer orthopedic beds, while smaller dogs might like beds with raised sides.

Dinnerware

Did you know that raised dishes are more comfortable for dogs to eat from than bowls on the floor? Give your furry buddy’s dinnerware a ‘pupgrade’ and get him elevated bowls. Fido may also enjoy a pet fountain.

Spa Treatment

Many dogs find a good massage very soothing and relaxing. Book your canine pal a session with a pet masseuse! This is a great option for senior dogs.

Homemade Treats

Man’s Best Friend will definitely be thrilled with a package of his favorite store-bought treats. However, if you like cooking, you can also make Fido some snacks. This is a wonderful gift for Fido’s four-legged buddies, too! Just stick to recipes that use only dog-safe ingredients.

Training

Could Fido stand to work on his petiquette? Enroll him in doggy obedience classes. Of course, your furry pal won’t be particularly impressed by seeing his enrollment information on paper. Treats and toys will get that tail going!

Pupscription Boxes

Want to give your dog a gift that keeps on giving? Sign Fido up for a subscription box. You also get to watch your furry best friend’s adorable reaction whenever he realizes that he’s got mail.

Grooming Supplies

Fido may not love baths, but he’ll look—and smell—much better with proper grooming. Puppy shampoos, brushes, nail clippers, paw balm, doggy dental products, and pet wipes can all make great stocking stuffers!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Ashton Animal Hospital, your Norwalk, CA veterinary clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

6 Ways to Pamper a Senior Dog

Is your canine pal entering—or already in—his golden years? Your pet’s senior years are a very special time. However, while Fido may always be a puppy at heart, his needs will change as he grows older. Here, a Downey, CA vet lists some great ways to spoil a senior dog.

Comfy Bed

There are few things more adorable than senior dogs napping comfortably in their beds. One of the best things you can do to keep Fido comfortable is to get him a good doggy bed. Orthopedic beds are excellent for senior dogs, because of the extra support they offer.

Elevated Dishes

Fido may find it easier to eat from raised dishes than from bowls on the floor. This is because your pup may have to splay his legs to eat from ground level. This can strain his neck and back.

Swimming

Swimming can be great exercise for older dogs. Because the water will support Fido’s weight, it’s much easier on his bones and joints than other activities. Just be sure to check with your vet first, as swimming isn’t suitable for every pooch.

Pain Management Treatment

There are now quite a few different options for helping our canine companions feel better. Fido may develop hip dysplasia, arthritis, or other medical conditions that cause him pain and/or affect his mobility and quality of life. Ask your vet for specific treatment recommendations.

Massage

Massages can be just as soothing and beneficial for dogs as they are for people. Look for a good pet masseuse, and treat Fido to a relaxing session.

Love

The time we have to spend with our furry best friends often passes much too quickly. At the end of the day, Fido really just wants to spend time with his best buddy: you. Dogs don’t have as much time as we do, so by the time they reach their senior years, every moment we spend with them is precious. Make your canine friend feel loved and safe by offering him lots of treats, ear scritches, and belly rubs, and just spending time with him. Our four-legged friends often become super sweet and lovable as they age. You may really enjoy this special stage of your beloved pet’s life!

Do you have questions about senior dog care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Downey, CA pet clinic, anytime.