Tips for Buying a Gift for Your Pet

Our pets are part of the family.

So why not include them in the fun of holiday gift time? There’s no scarcity of pet products and potential gifts out there. But not all products are created equally, so consider the following before heading out shopping:

Avoid Impulse Buying

Have a plan before you start shopping and know what you are looking for. You may be tempted with a ton of options when it comes to pet products as you head into a store or go online, but they may not all be suitable for your pet or may be of low quality.

Think About Quality

Most of what you buy for your pet will end up in or around his mouth, so go for high-quality products. Make sure you know the origins and processing of any treats you buy. Choose human-grade treats with no chemicals or synthetic preservatives. Toys should be treated similarly; buy toys made in the USA when possible. Also, make sure they are made with nontoxic materials. Ask questions of the company’s customer service staff when you need more information—they should be happy to answer.

Don’t Just Go For Sale Items

While the holiday shopping season is definitely a sale-centric one, don’t buy something for your pet just because it’s on sale. Instead, research first and then go out in search of your pet’s gift to find it for the best price possible.

Study Your Pet

The key to finding the right gift for your pet is to know what your pet likes. Does he like baked treats or chewy treats? Is he a power chewer who destroys almost any toy? Is his favorite bed wearing out and it’s time for a new one? Figure out what will really make him happy—then buy it.

Avoid Simple Supplies

The goal here is to make your pet happy. With that in mind, look for things he actually wants rather than needs. Leashes, collars, food dishes, and grooming supplies are all things your pet accepts as part of his life, but not necessarily gets excited about.

Let Your Pet Choose

Next time you’re at the pet store, take him over to the toy section and see what he gravitates toward. Keep that in mind for when you’re ready to do some holiday shopping. Along the same lines, if he has some treats he absolutely loves—get these for him as part of his gift.

Show your pet some holiday spirit by buying him a gift or two during the gift-giving season. Watching him enjoy his new gift will make Christmas Day even more fun.

Meet the Author: Jessica Peralta

Jessica Peralta has been a journalist for more than 15 years and an animal lover all her life. She has had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and rabbits. Her current children are a German shepherd named Guinness and a black kitten named Riot (and he lives up to that name). It’s because of her love for animals that she focused her journalistic career to the world of holistic animal care and pet nutrition. In between keeping Riot and Guinness out of mischief, she’s constantly learning about all the ways she can make them healthier and happier.

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