There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. And every now and then, especially around the holidays, it’s nice to treat them and show them how much they mean to you. But our dogs and cats can’t simply hand over their wishlist of toys and snacks. So, what are pet parents supposed to get for their beloved best friends this holiday season?
Whether you’re shopping for a tough chewer, fetch fanatic, frisky kitten, or the canine who has everything, here at ElleVet we’ve gathered the best staff-recommended gifts for dogs, cats, and the people who love them. After all, we all know that anything to keep your pet happy and healthy is a win for you, too.
1.Help ‘Em Up Harness
Joint discomfort can make everyday tasks like climbing stairs, jumping in and out of the car, and cuddling on the couch difficult for dogs—and mobility issues are challenging for pet parents to manage, too. The Help ‘Em Up Harness is perfect for dogs of all sizes and is both comfortable and safe. This harness is a must for owners of senior dogs, pups recovering from an injury or surgery, or those with other joint issues that limit their mobility.
2. Pop-up cat tunnel
Tunnel toys are great for letting your cat tap into their natural instincts, burn energy, keep trim, and stay out of mischief. Cats love a good hiding place—these tunnels can serve as a cozy snooze spot or hideaway for your feline friend. Playtime is important for cats at every age, and a tunnel will keep them stimulated and entertained without you needing to get involved. Gift a pop-up tunnel to your favorite feline and they will be hiding, peeking, and pouncing for hours on end.
3. Outward Hound Hide N Slide Dog Toy
Interactive dog toys are designed to help keep your dog busy while you’re away, stave off boredom, and provide opportunities for mental stimulation to engage a pup’s natural curiosity. Because these toys can keep your dog busy for hours, they’ll also help burn out really energetic dogs, which is a win for everyone. This Outward Hound puzzle is durable, safe, and built for long-lasting play.
4. Chuckit! Tennis Ball Launcher
This one is a long-time favorite of dogs who can play fetch all day…and the owners who can’t keep up. Throw balls faster and farther without tiring out your shoulder so you can play as long as your pup wants. Plus, the Chuckit! launcher is designed to be hands-free—no bending down over and over again to pick up the ball and no need to touch slobber-soaked toys.
5. PetSafe dog car ramp
If your dog is having trouble maneuvering the stairs or jumping in and out of the car, a ramp can make everyday tasks a little more manageable and comfortable for dogs with joint discomfort and mobility issues. Some ramps (like this one) are designed to help your dog in the car, while others can be set up next to the couch or your bed. A gentle incline and plenty of traction will help your dog get where they need to go safely and more comfortably.
6. Churu cat treats
Churu puree treats for cats come in a wide variety of yummy flavors including tuna, chicken, and beef. These squeezable, lickable treats are low calorie and packed with quality ingredients and important nutrients. They also come in pops and pillow-shaped bites, so even the most finicky felines can find a product they love.
7. Furhaven Pet’s Plush Sofa Orthopedic Dog Bed
Joint discomfort can not only make walking, running, and jumping challenging, but it can make it hard for dogs to comfortably sleep through the night, too. This is why a supportive bed is so important, particularly for older dogs and those with joint issues. The Furhaven pet’s Plush Sofa Orthopedic Dog Bed offers an orthopedic support foam base to protect dogs’ pressure points and joints, and the three-sided bolster design provides head, back, and neck support. Rest is essential, so help make your dog’s down time as comfy as possible.
8. KONG Safestix
KONG Safestix are the perfect throw and fetch toys for dogs. Made from flexible and durable plastic, these toys provide engaging fun for dogs who like to both tug and retrieve. They come in assorted colors and sizes for every dog and can be played with both indoors and outdoors. For water-loving dogs, these toys also float!
9. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Snoop Dog Toy
Challenge your dog’s brain with the fun and stimulating Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Snoop Dog Toy. The squishy yet sturdy toy allows you to add a treat and let your dog work to get it out. For pups who love to guzzle down their meals, this toy can also be used as a slow feeder. It’s made with non-toxic materials that are infused with peppermint oil, it is both safe and has an enticing minty scent.
10. ElleVet CBD + CBDA
Last but certainly not least is ElleVet’s full line of CBD + CBDA products for both dogs and cats. Whether your furry family member needs support for joint discomfort, itching, cognitive issues, or perhaps some holiday stress, ElleVet has you covered. The only pet CBD + CBDA on the market proven to work in multiple clinical trials, ElleVet is backed by science to be both safe and effective. Between a variety of delivery formats, there is a CBD + CBDA product for every pet.
Take home message
Before shopping for your four-legged friends, observe them to see what they need and like best. For toys, consider their energy level, motivations (food? snuggles? squeakers?), and favorite ways to play. Make sure that anything your dog or cat has access to is safe—beware of choking hazards, toxic materials, and food products that either can make them sick or aren’t healthy for them. Our pets give so much to us, so finding products that they love and can help make them more comfortable is just one way to say, ‘I love you.’