Pampering your pet over Christmas

Christmas is a time for showering your loved ones with presents and for many people that includes the furry members of the family as well!

Figures from the Australian Companion Animal Council show that there are an estimated 33 million pets in Australia. Approximately 36 per cent of households own a dog while 23 per cent own a cat. With just over 8 million households in the country, this means Australia has one of the highest incidences of pet ownership in the entire world.

If you’re planning to spoil your own beloved dogs or cats this year, here are a few ideas that might make for some great stocking stuffers.

Great gift ideas

Buying Christmas gifts for pets is becoming increasingly common, and you might be surprised to learn there are plenty of options out there for the cat or dog owner.

To bring your pets some festive cheer this season, you can’t go wrong with a Christmas-style collar. Have a look online or in your nearest pet shop to find red and green collars bedecked with mistletoe and holly, jingle bells and more – perfect for including your pet in the holiday spirit this season!

If you’re hanging up stockings for Christmas, consider getting an extra one for your pet and filling it up with those little gifts you know they will love. Catnip, toys and chewy treats are great options for stuffing the Christmas stocking.

On the other hand, if you’re in the mood to go all out for your pet on Christmas, there’s always a luxury pet bed that’s just begging to be purchased for your dog or cat.

Santa pet photos

Many Santa Photography services offer this option to pet lovers in the lead up to Christmas. It’s a great way to capture a Christmas moment and get Santa photos with your pet.

These photos make great Christmas cards and mementos, with even some photographers donating a percentage of their sales to local animal shelters and animal welfare groups. So if this is something of interest to you, search your local area for photo times and locations.

Many families send out a holiday-themed Christmas card every year. As another option to the Santa photos, why not take your own Christmas photo and include your pet in this as well? You can dress them up to the nines with seasonal inspired outfits such as a candy-cane striped vest, red and green coat or even a reindeer headband.

Making the holidays special for your pet

When you’re having the Christmas dinner at your house, you can include your pet in the festivities with a lovely Christmas-themed bowl.

You may also want to think about buying them a few extra treats, but remember to keep it in moderation and spread the treats over a week or two, rather than just giving them all to your pet on Christmas Day.

The festive season is also a great time to think about looking after your pet’s health. Pet insurance plans are designed to help cover the veterinarian bills for your dog or cat, so you can rest assured you will be able to afford any medical attention your pet may require in the future.

You can choose to cover your pet for accidents only insurance or get a policy which covers accident and illness, which as the name suggests offers more extensive cover, although an upper age limit of nine years applies when applying for this cover. You can also look to add routine care to your policy, which will allow you to claim for routine care benefits such as a blood screen, heartworm preventive medicine and vaccinations.
A pet insurance comparison can help you compare the most suitable products for your furry friend this Christmas.

These articles are provided as reference material to allow more informed decision making, but are not intended as being a complete source of information on any topic. All readers should make their own independent analysis on the topic to make sure they have considered the aspects that are important to them.