For the outdoor enthusiast
When Doggles first came out around 10 years ago, most people thought that sunglasses for dogs were a novelty item. But they have proved to be invaluable in protecting the eyes of dogs that suffer from pannus, a disease that can cause blindness in dogs exposed to an excess of ultraviolet light at high altitudes.
But even normal dogs can benefit from Doggles, especially if they like to hang their heads out of the car window – and what dog doesn’t? Objects can fly through the air – rocks, plant material, and other debris – and cause serious injuries to the eye. Doggles are a great way to protect your dog’s when he heads out on the highway. Click here to see the Doggles.
For the vertically challenged dog
Dogs that have long bodies and short legs (Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, Basset Hounds, etc) are prone to developing back problems. Sometimes the problems are relatively minor, producing only a bit of muscle pain and soreness, but other times they are quite serious, and can result in partial or complete paralysis.
Veterinary neurologists tell us that many back problems could be prevented simply by keeping these dogs trim, and preventing them from jumping off of furniture. The impact associated with landing has caused many a dog to “blow a disc,” which means that the cartilage cushion between the vertebrae of the spine explodes into the spinal cord, resulting in serious damage. One great strategy is keeping your dog off the furniture to begin with, but if it’s too late for that, invest in a set of stairs or a ramp, so that your dog can easily climb onto and off of your bed and couch. Click here to see dog stairs.
For the toy murderer
Dogs love squeaky toys, and some of them seem to be able to rip open a toy and extract the squeaker with surgical precision in 90 seconds or less. This is frustrating as a toy-buying consumer, given that your dog’s interest level in the toy tends to wane considerably once the squeaker is gone. But squeakers are also notorious intestinal foreign bodies, as many dogs seem to feel that merely eviscerating the toy isn’t good enough: the entrails must also be ingested.
Nerf Toys – that’s right, makers of squishy footballs and foam dart-shooting machine guns – has a line of squeaky dog toys that are virtually indestructible. And I speak from experience, as my dog Pancake, a habitual toy destroyer, has been unable to eviscerate her Nerf football during the entire two years that she’s had it. Click here to Nerf dog toys.
For the health nut
Here’s a great stocking stuffer for your dog: fish oil. It’s a fantastic overall health supplement, boosting the body’s natural inflammation fighting defenses, helping to fight the pain associated with arthritis, and improving the quality of the skin and coat. Most dogs readily eat it, and actually enjoy the taste.
Welactin is an excellent product, and it’s manufactured specifically for animals. It comes in gel caps or liquid, which can be pumped directly onto the food. Click here to see Welactin.
For the techie
Obesity is becoming a huge (no pun intended) problem in companion animals. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. While it’s likely that one part of the problem is that these dogs are too sedentary, it’s also quite likely that most of them are being fed too much.
The PETKIT FRESH Smart Feeding Bowl makes it simple to feed your dog the exact amount he should be getting, and no more. The bowl features a built-in digital scale that displays the exact weight of food the bowl contains, so over-feeding is a thing of the past. The app that pairs with the device helps you determine the appropriate feeding amount. You can even pair it with an activity tracker to monitor calories burned based on exercise and consumption. I don’t have a link for this item.
On top of everything in this post and the one before this there are several other items that I always give my dogs.
This year I am giving my dog new M1-K9 collars, and new chewies (treats) along with some new ropes, pig ears, and anything else I find.
If you have any other questions feel free to email me at Germanshepherddogs@doglover.com