Last minute shopping? Don’t forget Fido

If you give holiday gifts to your dog, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  According to a recent survey by American Pet Products Association, 53 percent of dogs and 38 percent of cats receive gifts – and they’re not giving them to each other. 

While cats, small mammals, reptiles, birds and fish make great companions as well, it seems that dogs are just easier to shop for, expecially with some pet shops devoted mainly to pooch pampering.  

In the northwest, Doggie Style in Manayunk and The Bone Appetite in Chestnut Hill do a brisk business in bakery items for dogs of all sizes. Treats are always a popular item and a great stocking stuffer.  Just make sure you don’t overdo it.  Too many treats can cause stomach problems for dogs, as well as humans.

Sweaters are another popular gift item for dogs.  Cozy coverings are practical for small, short haired and elderly dogs.  And while it’s hard to imagine a Husky in a sweater, it might be just the thing to make morning walks more comfortable for the dog that balks at cold weather.  Always make certain that any clothing item fits your pet properly.

Betsy Olix, owner of The Bone Appetite, recommended toys as a perfect last minute gift, and a good way to keep pets engaged.  Toys also provide a great way for dogs and their humans to interact.  Although Swarovski crystal collars and custom goose down bedding are always nice, time spent with your pets is the gift that they will most appreciate.

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