Top 10 Gifts for Your Pet

dog with Christmas gifts

We’re sure you spoil your pet all year-round, but the holidays are an especially purr-fect time to shower your furball with love and affection — and gifts! Check out these great ideas to make this the best holiday season ever for your pet.

Treat puzzle. Stimulate your pet’s mind with a treat puzzle that requires a little problem-solving. Ranging from balls that dispense treats as your pet plays with them to interactive flip boards with hinged lids containing treats inside, the mental challenge is great for your dog or cat.

Orthopedic bed. Great for pets with arthritis, hip dysplasia, or joint pain, therapeutic beds provide the ultimate in comfort and support. They’re made of foam to conform to your pet’s body, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and have a washable cover.

Ball-launching gun. Fun for your pet — and even more fun for you! Ball guns like the Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon and Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster launch balls up to 75 feet. Plus, the hands-free pickup feature means you don’t have to touch slobbery balls!

Automatic laser pointer. Is your arm getting a little tired keeping your kitty entertained with a laser pointer? An automatic laser cat toy takes care of it for you and keeps your cat entertained for hours!

Collars and leashes. It may be time to upgrade your pet’s collar or leash! Whether you shop your local pet store or prefer a handmade creation, this gift will keep your dog or cat looking stylish all year long.

Dog and cat DNA test. Curious about your pet’s ancestry? With a simple swab of your dog’s mouth, Wisdom Panel will analyze the DNA and provide detailed information about your dog’s background. You’ll get a pie chart that includes the percentage of breeds detected, breed traits, a family tree, and whether he is at risk or a carrier of any diseases. Basepaws CatKit, which requires a cheek swab and your cat’s fur, will test for your cat’s ancestry and breed, including any wild cats ancestors. The company is working to expand its database and reporting capabilities, and will soon be able to provide information on health risks, carrier status, and breed traits.

Personalized place mat. Keep your floors clean with a customized place mat for your pet’s bowls. From rectangular to oval to bone-shaped, you can find a variety of styles and colors to suit your needs.

Shampoo. Your pet will look and smell great with shampoo treatments! Shampoo types range from hypoallergenic to medicated to pH balanced, so check with a veterinarian to see which one is best for your furry friend.

BarkBox and meowbox. Spoil your pet all year long with toys and treats delivered to your door every month! Each BarkBox is filled with goodies based on a theme — like “Chewrassic Bark” and “Sniffin’ Safari” — and comes with at least two toys, two bags of all-natural treats, and a chew. The cat version, meowbox, has monthly and every-other-month delivery options. Each box contains four or more goodies, like food, treats, and toys. The boxes are curated with cute themes such as “Bring on the Mew Year” and “Aloha: Greetings from Purridise.” Plus, if your cat has special dietary needs, the company will replace food items with toys.

Dental chews. Great for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, dental chews are a great option for most cats and dogs. They help reduce plaque, loosen tartar, and freshen breath. Talk to your vet to see if she recommends a certain brand and how often you should give your pet a chew.