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Holiday Gifts for Puppies

December 1, 2016

As the holidays approach, many of us are busy buying and wrapping gifts for our loved ones. Of course, our canine friends are also on many shopping lists. Over the course of the next month or so, there will be furry tails wagging everywhere as dogs discover their presents. If you have a puppy, you’re definitely in for some adorable moments this year! If you want to make little Fido’s first holiday season extra-special, read on for some great gift ideas for puppies from a Leesburg, VA vet.


Toys are an absolute must for puppies. Not only do they help little Fido with the pain of teething, they also offer him a healthy outlet for all that energy. Give your four-legged buddy a variety of playthings, including chew toys, puzzle toys, and rope pulls. Don’t forget to get some cute pictures of your puppy playing with his new things!


One of the best ways to pamper your pet is to give him a comfy bed. Keep Fido’s breed in mind when you go shopping. If your canine pal is going to grow into a big dog, he’ll benefit from the extra support of an orthopedic doggy bed. Smaller dogs, on the other hand, often prefer beds with raised sides.


We strongly recommend that all dogs be crate trained. Fido’s puppyhood is a great time to do this! For one thing, crate training works very well in conjunction with housebreaking. It’s also just good to get your pet used to his crate while he’s young. Chances are, your pooch will need to be crated at some point, either during travel or while visiting his vet or groomer. This will be much easier if your furry friend thinks of his crate as a safe little den. When choosing a crate, go by your pet’s estimated adult size: otherwise, he may quickly outgrow it.


If there’s one thing all dogs love, it’s treats! You can buy your puppy’s snacks, but you can also make Fido some yummy homemade goodies. Just be sure to use only ingredients that are safe for your adorable pet. Some good options are shredded meat; eggs; cheese; bacon bits; whole-wheat flour; plain yogurt; bananas; and pureed pumpkin. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Leesburg, VA animal hospital, if we can ever be of assistance.