As far as holiday traditions go, few are more endearing or warmly
received than the holiday stocking. Not only is a stocking
innately stuffable (and stockings seem to get bigger every year!)
but it also makes a statement, sitting above the hearth or near
the tree, that every member of the family is cared for and in
your thoughts.Well, lots of pet parents consider dogs and cats
part of the family, and a part of the happiness and festivities
of the holiday season.There are so many great options to fill
your pet's Customized
Holiday Paw Stocking! If you're looking for a toy that is as
fun for you as it is for your pooch consider getting some
Fat Cat Dog Toy Rings.If snacks are more of your pet's thing
then bring the fun with delicious Greenies
Pill Pockets for dogs and cats.
And if you're convinced your dog was a runway model in a previous
life maybe a sharp sweater is the way to go. Check out this
Doggy University sweater. Check out our Holiday
Buying Guide for Dogs and Cats for
more great gift ideas!
Healthy Treats For Your Dog
Treats play a versatile role in dog growth and development.
Whether you use it as a training reward or you use them to keep
your dog occupied, your dog would definitely be happy to have
something to munch on. As fun as they can be, dog owners must
exercise caution while giving treats to their dogs. If you give
treats for no apparent reason, it can be detrimental to the
health of your pet. That said, here are some healthy treat ideas
for your dog:
popsicles – This is a great treat to help your pet
cool down in the warm summer months. Just mix one cup of fresh
peanut butter (unsweetened and unsalted, ideally) with some
water and a mashed banana. Freeze this mixture on a wax paper
and give it your dog when it is fully frozen.
Apples – Apples
are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and calcium. Just make
sure that you limit the intake. Cut the apple into small
pieces, and remove the core and seeds. The plus side of giving
your dog fruits is that they are low in calories. Since a lot
of pet owners have a tendency to go overboard with treats,
fruits are a safer alternative.
These are the perfect treat size for dogs. They are chock full
of health promoting antioxidants and are also a great source of
Carrots – Dogs
like fruits, thanks to their natural sweetness. What about
veggies? When it comes to vegetables, carrots are an excellent
choice as they are rich in vitamin A and fiber. Most dogs will
eat carrots cooked or raw, but make sure that you cut up the
raw carrots so that they don't pose a choking hazard.
jerky – This treat is more in line with what you
would find at the pet food aisle in your local supermarket.
Just scrub the potatoes thoroughly and cut them into half-inch
strips. Bake it in an oven at 225 Fahrenheit for four hours.
treats – If you do not want to feed people food to
your pup, then there is nothing wrong with the commercial
treats you would find in the market. Since treats are not a
balanced diet, there is technically nothing that constitutes as
a wholesome treat.
No matter what treat you choose, make sure that they do not make
up ore than 10 percent of your dog's daily diet. Though the
aforementioned foods don't cause any harm to dogs, it is still
important that you discuss your pet's dietary concerns with the
veterinarian. Although it is tempting to share your food with
your dog, it is not in their best interests. People food is too
rich and can wreak havoc on the canine digestive tract.