Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Animal Lovers

 Two dogs and a cat with their Christmas presents under the Christmas tree

We know your pets are deserving of a great gift this holiday season! So we’ve rounded up some perfect gift ideas for the dogs and cats in your life.

Not to be left out, we’ve listed some of our favorite ideas for animal lovers, too!

5 Gift Ideas for Your Pets

1. Enrichment Toys

Enrichment toys like food puzzles are great for exercising your pet’s mind and preventing the behavior problems that result out of boredom. You can find enrichment toys in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices, and you can even make your own. Check out puzzle games and toys from Nina Ottosson -- They really put a pet’s mind to the test!



2. Healthy Treats

Pets can overindulge in treats around the holidays just like we do. So why not give the gift of healthy treats this year?

Dr. Servantez recommends Royal Canin’s line of healthy treats. “Royal Canin treats are nutritionally complete with true science behind their formulation.”

You can order Royal Canin’s original feline or canine treats as well as treats formulated to pair with your pet’s Royal Canin therapeutic diet through Badger Vet’s online pharmacy.

3. A New, Comfy Bed

Has your pet’s bed seen better days? Get them a new one for Christmas!

Pet beds come in all shapes and sizes. Consider your pet’s sleeping style, size, and activity level to decide on the best type of bed for your pet. With a wide range of styles, colors, materials, and prices, you’re sure to find one that compliments your home and budget.

4. Fancy Dishware

Make every meal special for your dog or cat with upgraded pet food dishes. There are some beautiful glass, ceramic, and stoneware pet food bowls available, all of which are sturdy, non-porous, and easy to keep clean.



5. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology has been a growing trend for people over the last few years. Now, your pets can get in on the trend, too! There are a growing number of pet health monitors and GPS trackers available on the market, including devices such as Whistle which does both. LED collars help keep your pet safe and visible in the dark. And you can capture the action from your pet’s point of view with the GoPro Fetch harness.

5 Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

1. Personalized or Pet-Themed Accessories

People LOVE their pets, and now you can give the pet lovers in your life a gift that lets them show off that love every day!

For ladies who love subtlety, a beautiful piece of pet-themed jewelry makes a good choice. Buying a gift for someone who would literally wear the love of their pet on their sleeve? Get them a personalized tee shirt or custom tote bag emblazoned with their pet’s picture.



2. Pet-Themed Glassware and Mugs

As a pet owner, having a sense of humor is practically a requirement. Celebrate the quirky -- some may say “bad” -- behavior of dogs and cats with funny tumblers or mugs.

3. Custom Artwork

The pet lovers in your life likely have photos of their pet around the house. But do they have a custom pet portrait? A one-of-a-kind piece of art makes a great addition to any room.

Another great idea is a pet photography session. Who wouldn’t love professional photos to capture the love between best friends!

4. A Subscription Box

Part gift for your friend or loved one, part gift for their pet -- Give the gift of a pet subscription box (ex. Barkbox, PawPack, and meowbox). Each month, the recipient will get a variety of goodies for their pet, including treats, grooming products, and toys. Do your research, as each service is slightly different.

 Dog silhouetted against colorful Christmas tree lights

5. Make a Donation to an Animal Charity

Make a gift in the name of your friend or loved one to an animal charity near and dear to their heart. After 7 years being involved with Friends of Noah, Dr. Servantez knows the impact a gift to a rescue group or shelter can have on the animals.

“Your gift to an animal charity directly benefits the animals,” shares Dr. Servantez. “First, it helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets by supporting spay/neuter surgeries. Your gift also helps to cover the cost of veterinary services, and the adoptable animals receive better veterinary care as a result.”

There are many wonderful animal organizations in our communities, including Friends of Noah, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, and the Humane Society of Jefferson County. Badger Veterinary Hospital is proud to support the work of all three!

Learn more about these great organizations and consider making a gift this holiday season!