Healthy holiday gifts for your pet
When you’re making your holiday shopping list and checking it twice, don’t forget to pick up some new treats for your four-legged best friend. Here are a few healthy and eco-friendly stocking stuffers for the nice (or naughty) dog or cat in your family.
Green toys from Honest Pet Products
Created by Mary Wolff, this eco-friendly line of pet toys is made with safe, durable and natural materials. The line's original toy, the Eco-Fetcher (from $9), was inspired by a game of drink-coaster fetch between Wolff and her Yorkies, Willie and Sophie. Since then, Honest Pet Products has expanded to include several natural hemp and wool toys for dogs and cats, made by mentally and physically challenged workers; the brand's sheep's-wool cat toys are handmade by impoverished women in Mongolia. For the holiday season, every purchase comes with a festive reusable tote bag.
M&J Dog essentials for the pampered pup
Treat your dog to a home day-spa treatment with M&J's Holistic Dog Spa Basket ($68), full of the brand's signature holistic grooming products infused with natural oils, herbs and botanicals including Nutrient Fusion Pre-Bath Treatment, Purely Clean Shampoo and Conditioner and Show Dog Shine Leave-In Conditioner. Another great holiday gift set for your pampered pooch is the HollyWoof Essential Dog Gift Basket ($98), which comes in a reusable washtub and has been gifted to famous dog-lovers such as Oprah, Justin Timberlake and Drew Barrymore.
West Paw Design makes catnap time eco-friendly and fun
Whether your feline is big or small, your kitty will look forward to taking a catnap on West Paw Design's cozy Nature Nap Oval mat (from $23). The machine-washable mat comes in six colors and is fashioned from a custom-designed fabric with poly-knit backing and thick recycled fiber batting inside, for extra comfort. Larger rectangular beds compatible with standard-size kennels are available for dogs.
Fromm treats for the calorie-counting canine
Like their owners, dogs also fight the battle of the bulge. To keep your canine slim and trim, pick up Fromm's healthy one-calorie treats ($4) in tempting flavors like Cranberry Liver, Liver and Cheese. To help maintain weight and food allergies, Fromm also specializes in grain-free dry food for dogs and cats, and grain-free canned food for cats, all packed with vitamins, fresh protein and vegetables (no meat byproducts). Look for Fromm Family Foods products at an independent pet store near you.
PetSafe's healthy pet water and food stations
If you want to make sure your pet is safe -- down to the bowl he or she eats and drinks from -- then pick up PetSafe's Healthy Pet Water Station and Healthy Pet Food Station (from $29), the first top-of-the-line gravity water and feeding stations with removable stainless steel bowls. While some pet food and water bowls and containers are made with plastic that includes bisphenol A (BPA), a type of plastic that may have questionable effects on the health of humans and pets from leaching chemicals and toxins, the PetSafe Healthy Pet Stations are made from BPA-free and FDA food-grade plastic.