Holiday gift ideas for pets

Some feel pets shouldn't be left out of holiday celebrationsJust because it’s usually the children who write the Christmas lists doesn’t mean Santa forgets about well-behaved pets over the holidays.

Some pet owners tend to incorporate their furry friends into the holidays by giving them little presents and treats, according to the South Town Star. While it depends on the owner, dogs and cats are usually the most common gift receivers.

Pet present ideas can range to anything from a fun toy to something that relates to pet care, such as brushes or treats that help with their teeth.

Presents that focus on dental care could be a great gift idea for animals. According to veterinarian Lorraine Corriveau, eighty percent of dogs and cats need better dental care.

Perhaps one of the trendiest pet ideas is the new Snuggie for pets, an animal-friendly version of the popular human blanket-jacket hybrid.

Karen Krasowski, co-owner of I’ll Be Doggone in Mokena, Illinois, told the South Town Star that people weren’t just gifting their own pets.

"A lot of people came in for toys and bakery treats and collars and leashes," Krasowski said. "Some also bought hostess gifts for pet owners on their lists."ADNFCR-2720-ID-19519626-ADNFCR

Hallmark movie inspires foster pets trend for the holidays

Fostering a dog could lead to a permanent new friendFor those who are looking to spread some extra cheer this holiday season, why not consider taking in a shelter animal for the holidays?

USA Today reports that the Hallmark Channel’s movie A Dog Called Christmas has helped inspire people to act as foster families to animals for the holidays. Since the movie premiered over the Thanksgiving weekend, some shelters have been receiving a surge of requests for adopted pets over the holiday season.

"We’ve always had a great foster program,” Susanne Kogut of the Charlottesville – Albemarle SPCA, told the news provider. "But after people saw the movie, we got over 30 requests."

Kogut also revealed that some people end up growing so attached to the animals during their short stay, they worry about the pet’s health and future and end up adopting their once-temporary companion.

Fostering a pet could be in anyone’s reach, according to A total of 13,000 pet rescue organizations across the country are promoting the Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19519629-ADNFCR

Is Your Dog Scared of the Vet? 10 Great Tips

This dog is afraid of the vet.

“When my wife and I were newlyweds we adopted a rescued puppy—a tiny white ball of fluff that eventually grew to be a very smart, loyal Australian Shepherd. While he was still young, though, he contracted parvo and had to spend a week at the vet clinic. We almost lost him and were thrilled when he pulled through.

The incident left scars, though. Afterward, he lived in terror of going to the veterinarian’s office. Whenever we went, he would struggle and claw with all his strength, wrestle his way out of his collar, growl at the veterinary staff, and do everything possible to make sure the experience was miserable for us both.”

Does this Pets Best Insurance employee’s story sound familiar? At Pets Best, we are about more than dog insurance, we are dog lovers and owners, and we know how awful it can be to deal with a dog who hates to go to the vet. So we’ve assembled the following list of advice on the subject from a variety of dog owners and behavior experts. Have any further advice on this topic? Feel free to post it in the comments section below.

10 Great Tips if Your Dog is Scared of the Vet

1) Try changing your own attitude. Because dogs are sympathetic to human emotions, your dog may be picking up on your own nervousness, so stay calm and happy.

2) Reassure your dog that everything’s alright, but don’t do it too much; if you’re saying “It’s okay, sweetie, it’s okay,” over and over, your pet may think there’s reason to be scared.

3) Protective pet? You might try staying in the waiting room during your dog’s exam. Could be your dog is acting tough because he’s trying to protect you.

4) Heard the expression “travel broadens the mind?” If your dog is used to going places and socializing with people and other animals, the vet’s office won’t seem so scary.

5) Start going to the veterinarian’s office just to say “hi.” Your dog will learn it’s not a bad place after all.

6) Whenever you go, keep a bunch of treats in your pocket and reward the dog frequently. Eventually, the dog will associate the veterinarian’s office with food.

7) Small dog? Make sure they feel comfortable, safe and secure by bringing them in their dog crate.

8) Bigger dog? Use a shorter lead when you go to the vet—you’ll have better control and will be able to keep the dog close to you.

9) If your dog growls and snaps at people when scared, consider a comfortable muzzle. Make sure the dog gets used to wearing it at home first, though.

10) If nothing else is working, you may want to ask your vet about prescribing a sedative the dog can take before a visit to the vet. This may reduce the wear and tear that extreme stress can have on the dog’s body.

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Los Angeles looks to require microchips in pets

Los Angeles is asking pet owners to install microchips in their pets for a better chance of returning lost animals to their rightful ownersThe city of Los Angeles is considering requiring a microchip placement in pets that have been lost, which will fine their owners $15 if they’re found.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while local shelters are already implanting the chips in any dog or cat who is adopted, the City Council is looking to provide a motion that will require all pet owners to get one for their furry friend.

The City Council feels it is a matter of pet health, and that it will offer better chances of recovering the missing pet and returning it to its owner.

Linda J. Barth, assistant general manager for L.A. Animal Services, told the news provider that more that 4,000 dogs have been recovered, many of them with microchips. When the pets are returned to a shelter, a device is used to scan a tiny barcode that reveals the owner from a database.

The chips cost under $10 and the procedure is quick and painless to the animal, calming the fears of animal enthusiasts.

These chips may be a good idea for the country, as ASPCA reveals that only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of cats are returned to their owners.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19517167-ADNFCR

Scottish terrier ahead of the pack at dog show

Sadie's owner received a $50,000 cash prizeThe AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Long Beach, California has named their new champion – a Scottish Terrier whose full name is Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, or Sadie for short, according to the Los Angeles Times.

This isn’t Sadie’s first time being top dog. She also won in the Terrier group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and was named Best in Show at the National Dog Show.

Sadie beat out nearly 5,000 dogs for the coveted title. While Sadie got the bragging rights, her owner Amelia Musser received the $50,000 prize.

The show also features performance categories that dogs can win. Count Tyler Show Me the Money, or Tyler, was crowned the show’s top obedience dog. The Labrador Retriever took the prize for a second year in a row.

While dog health is very important to be crowned Best in Show, Sadie’s breed may have worked in her favor as the Westminster Kennel Club revealed that Scottish terriers are the second most common dog crowned Best in Show, only behind Fox Terriers.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19517163-ADNFCR

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