Now that you have friends, family, and even yourself covered, there's one more very important member of the family that's deserving of a gift. That's right - don't forget your pets!
Pet supplies are a multi-billion-dollar industry. No surprise there, as pet moms and dads alike love showering their four-legged friends with chew toys, scratching posts, beds, treats, and even clothes.
And let's not forget about fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, reptiles, and a host of other critters.
But just like buying a gift for a baby or child, there are many safety factors to consider when buying gifts for pets. For starters, do your pets, or loved ones' animals, have any allergies? Several dog breeds are more vulnerable to food allergies than others. Therefore, it's best to avoid snacks with grain, meat, corn, and even soy.
There are many 'human foods' that pets have to avoid as well. For example, you should never give dogs candy, garlic, coffee, avocados, fruit, anything containing Xylitol, sweetener, grapes, onions, and more foods you can find listed at the ASPCA website
. The same goes for grooming supplies: Many dog breeds are allergic to regular scented dog shampoos and conditioners. If the dog you're buying for has sensitive skin, avoid ingredients with artificial colors, artificial fragrance, formaldehyde preservatives, paraben, mineral oil, and ammonium. As a general rule of thumb, if you can't pronounce the ingredient name you should probably think twice about putting it on your dog's skin
Other pet gifts to consider include catnip toys, aquarium decorations, new hamster habitats, collar & leash sets, frisbees, and holistic pet snack gifts.
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