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Natural and sustainable gift ideas for your pet

Did your dog make the “nice” list this year? Reward her with one of these natural and sustainable gift ideas!

Have you ever given your pet a gift for the holidays, her birthday, or just because? If so, you’re not alone. A 2015 survey from rover.com found that approximately one-third of pet parents purchase a gift for their pets on special occasions. And a whopping 95% have given their pets a Christmas gift!

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect present for your four-legged best friend. This year, rather than stuffing her stocking with another ball or the doggie equivalent of junk food, consider giving her something you can both feel good about. Here are some thoughtful natural and sustainable gift ideas to consider.

An earth-friendly dog toy
Bypass that mass-produced squeaky toy for one that keeps the planet happy. A number of companies now produce balls and other toys made from sustainable materials like bamboo and hemp. Some even offer toys that are recyclable, so you don’t have to worry about adding to the earth’s growing landfills once Fido’s done with it.

A hand-knitted sweater
Nothing says “I love you” like keeping your dog warm and snug with a cozy sweater. If you’re handy with knitting needles or crochet hooks, you can find a number of patterns online for your furry friend. Make sure to choose a yarn that’s soft yet durable, is antimicrobial, and that washes easily. If you’d rather purchase than purl, look for a sweater that’s as unique as your pup, and created with care by an experienced artisan.

Handcrafted dog desserts
Similar to people, dogs appreciate a special treat every now and then. But many treats cause digestive upset because they’re filled with chemicals and preservatives and who-knows-what-else. Instead, opt for healthy, natural, handcrafted treats to gift to your pup this year. If you make them yourself, choose wholesome, high-quality ingredients and steer clear of foods that are toxic to dogs like raisins, chocolate and onions. If you’re short on time or baking isn’t your forte, seek out nutritious and delicious gourmet doggie desserts made by small family-owned businesses, such as those crafted by Chews Happiness.

Time
If your dog could talk, she would probably tell you that the best gift you can give her is time with you. Commit to coming up with different ways to give your fur babe more of yourself in the New Year. Take a training class, go on long walks, cuddle on the couch or share some special delicacies together! Whatever you decide, do your best to make her the center of your world…because you are definitely the center of hers!

Above published in Animal Wellness Magazine

 

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