Is Fido On Your Christmas Shopping List?

Most people consider their pets to be a part of the family, so when it comes time for holiday gift giving, many dogs and cats will find a gift under the tree with their name on it.  According to a PetFinder poll, 63% of dog owners and 58% of cat owners surveyed said they give their pets presents at Christmas, with Americans reportedly spending collectively about $5 billion dollars on holiday gifts for their four-legged family members.   When it comes to hanging the Christmas stockings, about 40% of dogs and 37% of cats will have a Christmas stocking of their very own.

While your dog or cat obviously doesn’t understand the meaning of the holiday, they will still pick up on your excitement.  Including your pet in the festivities with a small gift to unwrap on Christmas morning can add to the holiday joy for everyone.  Remember also that a special pet toy will help keep your pet occupied and happy while you’re busy with other holiday fun.  And best of all, while finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be difficult, your pet will be happy with almost anything you select just for him or her.

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Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the Outreach Specialist at 1-800-PetMeds® and works with the 1-800-PetMeds Cares donations program. She has loved animals as long as she can remember and has worked in several veterinary offices in the past as a veterinary technician. She has one cat, Kitsy, and frequently fosters kittens for a local rescue group. You can also find Erin on Google+.

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