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All I Want for Christmas: Pet Gifts on a Budget

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for your furry friend this Christmas, but don’t want to stretch the purse strings?

According to statistics released by the Blue Cross, around half of us will be making sure our pets don’t miss out on a festive gift this year. 

If you are a pet owner who has your pet’s name included on your Christmas shopping list, remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your pet happy. In fact, there are so many fun and festive things you can build by hand that won’t cost the earth. 

We want to share with you our favourite low-cost, ‘do it yourself’ gifts so you can make them for your own companions. Find out how you can make your own rabbit yule log Blue Peter style, put a twist on your Mary Berry inspiration to make your dog a yummy Christmas cake, or get crafty and create a festive feather toy for your kitty! 

Caution: Please supervise your pet at all times when you give them any of the below gifts. 

Rabbit yule log

rabbit yule log

What you’ll need: 

  • Edible twine
  • Hay
  • Edible paper 

 

Christmas cake for your dog

This yummy and moist Christmas cake recipe for dogs is safe for your furry companion to eat. Although this cake can be made all year round, it especially makes for a fun way to give your dog a cakey treat at Christmas! 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter
  • Dog biscuits to decorate 

How to make the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
  2. Mix together the flour and baking soda in a mixing bowl
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well
  4. Pour mixture into a greased and lined cake tin and bake for 40 minutes
  5. Leave the cake to cool
  6. Ice the cake using low-fat cream cheese and decorate with dog biscuits
  7. Voila! It’s time for your pooch to rate your baking skills!  

Please remember to be wise and only give your dog small pieces at a time. You should store the cake in the fridge.

The irresistible cat toy

cat toy 4

What you’ll need:

  • Toilet roll holder
  • A selection of feathers
  • Several jingly bells
  • Cardboard pilfered from a cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue (non-toxic and water based) 
  1. Take your cardboard toilet roll holder and glue feathers inside both ends cat toy 1 cat toy 5
  2. Cut out two round circles, with tabs, from the cardboard. Fit one of the circles into an end of the toilet roll holder and glue into place
  3. Pop the jingly bells into the tube
  4. Glue the other cardboard circle onto the opposite end of the toilet roll holdercat toy 3
  5. The cardboard toilet roll holder is a little dull, so feel free to decorate the outside using coloured pens
  6. Ta-dah! Your present is now ready to give to your cat! cat toy 4

We want to wish your pets a happy Christmas and we hope they enjoy your festive creations. 

Have a stress-free Christmas 

We would also recommend purchasing an over the counter product like Zylkene, Feliway or Adaptil for your pet to use over the Christmas period if you know they are likely to become stressed. 

These products make use of natural pheromones to keep your pet calm and stress-free, even as your house begins to fill up with family members. They’re easy for you, too, as they do not involve you having to administer any tablets!

Remember, as the festivities begin to gear up a notch, there are a number of foods and other items that are poisonous to pets and should not be given, even as a treat! 

Steer clear of the following items this Christmas to avoid your pet becoming seriously ill: 

  • Onions and garlic
  • Alcohol
  • Cooked bones
  • Chocolate
  • Poinsettia
  • Mistletoe 

If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of the above items, it is important that you visit the vet immediately. All our practices have a 24-hour emergency service, so if you need a vet in an emergency, please contact your local Medivet practice using our online practice finder 

We hope you and your furry friends have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Feel free to share your creative photos with us on our Facebook page!  

Posted December 6, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Seasonal Care

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