Ask any dog lover what they want most for their dog and the majority of us will say, “health and wellness.” We want our dogs to live as long as possible, so wellness gifts for dogs is something every dog parent can use.
Luckily, you’ve stumbled onto this blog post to do some shopping for the holidays or anytime…if good health is on your dog’s wish list or that of a dog lover you know, here are 16 items to finish up your shopping or just because (p.s. these make fab stocking stuffers, too):
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External Health Wellness Gifts for Dogs
Here are four gifts that will help your dog’s external health stay in tip top shape. Think coat and skin when you shop for these treasures, as we’re going for the gold without breaking the bank:
Multipet Genie Small Dog Grooming Brush: We own several of these; my dog loves the feel of the painless brushing. The more you brush your pet the more evenly distributed oils are leaving your pet with a healthier and shinier coat.
Vetericyn Plus All Animal Wound & Skin Care: I keep a bottle of this in my dog’s first aid kit at home and when we travel for any sort of wounds or unexpected boo boos.
Only Natural Pet Pure&Clean Itch Relief Shampoo: This shampoo is great for dry, itchy winter skin and it is soothing . It is free of sulfates, parabens, phosphates, phthalates, synthetic dyes, perfumes or DEA.
Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Soft Gels: A quality Omega-3 fatty acid is good for the skin, joints, nerves, or dogs having any condition associated with inflammation (skin allergies, immune-mediated diseases, arthritis, cancer, etc.).
Internal Health Wellness Gifts for Dogs
Here are four gifts that will keep your dog’s inner workings functioning properly. We are users of all four of these, so we have years of experience with each of them and hope they make great additions to your dog’s healthcare maintenance:
Urine Test Strips: Okay, not the fanciest gift but this will pay for itself time and again because you can monitor your dog’s urine at home between vet visits. Dip the Urine: Seriously, check your dog’s urine from home. I purchase the Urinalysis Test Strips that test for many different levels of things in my dog’s urine. If your dog battles urinary tract infections (UTI’s), these strips can be a lifesaver for detecting levels such as pH and blood in the urine in between vet visits. Here are secrets to preventing a dog urinary tract infection.
Joint Protection : My dog has had two leg surgeries due to ruptured ACLs (ligaments in the rear legs). As such, I want to be sure I coat his joints. Our preference is Cosequin Advanced Strength, which we have been using for years. I use the Advanced formula because I noticed a distinct difference in my dog’s gait function on it. We crush up one capsule with a small mortar and pestle and mix with his food at lunch. If you are just starting a dog on a supplement, ease into it, watch for any signs of digestive issues (diarrhea), and be sure to talk to your dog’s vet about any contraindications in advance. More on safely slowing dog arthritis here.
Dr. Dodds’ NutriScan Food Intolerance Test for Dogs: This is one test we use and highly recommend. Uncover your dog’s food sensitivities to put him on the right diet for optimal health. You are sent the kit, easily obtain a sample of your dog’s saliva with the kit, mail it back and in a few weeks you find out what food ingredients your dog should avoid.
Dog Safe Toothpaste: I am firm believer in daily dog teeth brushing. Dogs cannot spit, so a pet-safe toothpaste is what you need to use. This makes a thoughtful stocking stuffer, too. Learn to get your dog used to toothbrushing here.
Dog Emotional Well Being Gifts
These four gifts will keep your dog wagging. We are firm believers that a happy dog is a healthy dog, and emotional well being of a dog is very important. A bored dog is also an unhappy dog, so here are four items to consider:
Nina Ottosson Brain Game for Dogs: My dog is a lover of these games, and they make for great indoor, winter, and rainy day play. This one is great for dogs of all sizes, but be sure to supervise with the parts of the game.
Indoor Treat Dispensing Ball: Our dog will play for a while with this one, and we let him go for 20 minutes or so. We even time him for fun to see if he can beat his own record. Pair this with kibble you feed or low-cal dog treats and you’ve got some fun indoor fun.
ZippyPaws X-Large Burrow Log and Chipmunks Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy: We just cannot take the cuteness overload on this. The extra large log size and stuffies make for a fun. I like it for stuffing other toys into it. Supervise your dog and this might not be the best choice for heavy chewers. Heck, I am forever sewing stuffed animals, so go for it with this one.
Treat Tossing Camera for Dogs: For folks who want to interact with their dogs when they are away or running errands, this one has a pet camera and treat dispenser and works with Alexa!
Paw Protection Gifts for Dogs
Paw Pad Protection: Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection is a barrier, food-grade wax for dog paws/pads that acts as an invisible boot. Developed in Canada for sledding dogs, apply a thin coat on pads and between toes, weekly. It dries in seconds and does not stain, is nontoxic, non-allergenic and ranges from $12-$20 depending on size. Good on hot pavement, sand and sand burn, snow and ice, salt and chemicals.
Pawz Purple Water-Proof Dog Boot: We have used these for years. Protects against snow, ice, heat and chemicals. You get three sets (12 total) per order, and they last me the whole winter and beyond with average usage. Allow your dog to get used to one of them on his or her paw indoors before moving on to all four paws. It took my dog about five minutes. Each dog is different, so be patient.
Millers Forge Nail Clipper with Orange Handle: Dog nail care is incredibly important. This is the winner for me, hands down, for control of the nail and enabling me to take slices and short bursts instead of one huge clip or cut with another type of dog nail clippers. This are comfortable in my hand and I feel more in control. Learn how we take care of dog nails at home here.
In-Home Paw Care: Only Natural Pet Soothe & Shield Paw Balm is a staple here. It keeps paws moisturized without staining.
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