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Holiday Gifts You Can Make for Fido

It’s official: the holiday season is upon us. Don’t forget to pick up a few things for your canine buddy! If you’re a crafty type, want to conserve resources, and/or have a tight budget, you may want to make some of Fido’s gifts yourself. Here, a Flat Rock, NC vet lists great homemade holiday gifts for dogs.

Beds

A new bed is a great gift for Fido! If you have a small dog, you can upcycle a hard-shell suitcase, wooden crate, or hatbox into a cute pet bed for your pooch. You can also turn an old end table into a cute doggy bed. If you have the kind with doors, just take the doors off. If you have one with legs, turn it over. You can also do this with a coffee table for bigger dogs. A larger pup can also get comfy in an upcycled tractor tire, or a pallet bed. Just add paint or varnish to make it look nice, and then add some soft pillows or bedding.

Toys

For an easy rope toy, cut a tee shirt into thin strips, and then braid the pieces together. Braid the braids together, and then tie the ends in knots. Voila! Another easy dog toy can be made out of a plastic water bottle with the labels, cap, and ring removed. Tie an old tee shirt around it, and give it to your pooch. Just take it away if Fido rips the fabric, so he doesn’t accidentally ingest bits of plastic.

Treats

There are lots of treats you can make for your canine friend. Look online for recipes, or try your own! Just be sure to use only dog-safe ingredients. Some good options are peanut butter; sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; eggs; cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry without the skin, fat, or bones; beef liver; bacon bits; cheese; and whole-wheat flour. You can also add certain fruits and veggies, such as bananas, blueberries, strawberries, sweet potato, peas, carrots, and spinach. Some foods to avoid include garlic, onions, and chives; chocolate; pitted fruits; alcohol; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; and nuts. Ask your vet for more information.

All of us here at Kanuga Animal Clinic, your Flat Rock, NC pet clinic, want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. Please contact us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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