Holiday Gifts for Fido

Are you planning to get your dog some presents for the holiday season? Fido is an important part of the family, so it’s only natural for him to get a few things of his own during seasonal gift exchanges. While classic doggy gifts like treats and toys are sure to get that furry tail going, there are plenty of other things you can get your pooch. A Raleigh, NC veterinarian offers some great doggy gift ideas in this article.

New Bed

A new bed can make a wonderful gift for Fido! Older dogs and big pooches will benefit from the extra support offered by orthopedic beds, while pups with thin fur may appreciate heated beds.

Paw Balm

Walking on snow, ice, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can really do a number on your dog’s furry feet. Add some paw balm or wax to your furry pal’s stocking.

Homemade Snacks

If you like cooking, consider making your canine buddy some yummy homemade doggy treats. There are lots of recipe options online. Look for those that use only dog-safe ingredients, such as peanut butter, yogurt, and bananas. These also can make great gifts for Fido’s four-legged buddies!

Automated Ball Launcher

Does your pet love playing fetch? Consider getting him an automated ball launcher, so he can chase balls to his little heart’s delight. A word of caution: larger dogs can choke on tennis balls, so this isn’t a good gift for big pooches.

Higher Education

Did you know that many dogs really enjoy learning new things? If Fido needs to work on his petiquette or basic training, enroll him in doggy obedience classes. Puppies may really benefit from puppy kindergarten, while other pooches may just enjoy learning some fun new tricks. Of course, you probably won’t get much of a reaction by telling Fido about his gift, so give him some toys and treats to enjoy in the meantime.


If Fido has thin fur, he may need some extra protection against the cold. When shopping for your pooch, be sure to avoid anything that is too tight or restricts his movements. We also don’t recommend getting dogs anything with dangling threads or buttons, as these things are choking hazards.

Season’s Greeting! All of us here at your Raleigh, NC animal hospital want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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