Fido’s Holiday Wish List

Dog are much more than just pets: they are our friends, confidantes, and unofficial family members. Fido’s love and loyalty make him a wonderful companion! As the holidays approach, your pooch may be right there with you as wrap presents; cook; hang decorations; and prepare for seasonal festivities. Man’s Best Friend also deserves some special gifts at this time of year. But just what should you get your canine pal? A Poway, CA vet offers some great options below.


Our furry buddies are adorable when they feel playful. There’s nothing cuter than a frisky pup happily bounding after his favorite plaything. New toys make great gifts for Fido! You can get store-bought toys, but you can also make some great DIY doggy toys. For instance, you can cut an old tee shirt into strips, and then braid the pieces together into a rope toy. Look online for more ideas. Just be careful with what you offer your pooch: items with sharp edges, small pieces, or dangling threads should be avoided.


If there’s one thing our canine friends love, it’s food. Just be sure to only give Fido things that are safe for him. Some good options are plain, cooked, meat without the bones, skin, or fat; sodium-free broth; cooked, unseasoned potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, pumpkin, or squash; homemade beef, fish, or turkey jerky; and shredded deli meat. If you like cooking, you can make your furry friend some yummy homemade snacks. There are some great recipes for doggy treats online. Ask your vet for more information.


Does your canine buddy have thin fur? If so, a new doggy sweater may make a great gift for him. Just be sure that Fido’s clothes are not tight, constricting, or itchy. We also recommend avoiding items with zippers; dangling threads; or small pieces, like buttons.

Belly Rubs

We know, you can’t put a belly rub inside a Christmas stocking. However, at the end of the day, your beloved pet really wants nothing more than to spend some quality time with you. Talk to Fido, pet him, and play with him. You’ll be rewarded with unconditional love and tail wags, which are both very precious gifts.

Happy Holidays! Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Poway, CA animal clinic, anytime.

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