Holiday pet gift ideas: Hostess gifts for pets

Holiday pet gift ideas: Hostess gifts for pets
If you're heading out for the holidays, don't forget a gift for your hostess' pet.

Over the river and through the woods…it’s time for many of us to hit the road for the holidays. When you pack up your Christmas gifts, did you remember to purchase a pet gift for your host’s or hostess’ pet? Hostess gifts for pets are a big hit.

“The interesting trend is that many people are coming in an asking for gifts for other people’s pets,” says Brad Kriser, owner of Kriser’s pet stores with locations throughout Chicagoland, Denver and Southern California. “People say the host or hostess love it that you took the time to get something special for their pet as a hostess gift.”

That gift for your hostess’ pet could range from a toy to a treat to many other things. So, a little advance work helps so that you’ll know if they have a cat or a dog (or multiple pets). Kriser says knowing the size of a pet is key if you’re getting a toy so it’s not too large or too small. Like holiday seasons in the past, there’s a range of Christmas and Hanukkah-themed toys. Treats also take a little thought.

“If you’re selecting some type of food or treat, keep in mind that some pets may have food allergies just like people do,” adds Kriser. “Look for food or treats that may trigger less of a reaction. For example, many pets have issue with chicken, turkey and beef, making venison, rabbit or duck protein a better idea.”

Since many pets have issues with grain products, it helps to shop for food or treats that are grain-free as well. As far as the cool pet coats, sweaters, booties and other items that may be a bit off the beaten path, it’s good to leave their selection to a pet’s family.

Of course winter is here to stay and some pets may need a few extra things to be more comfortable in the cold and snow. Here's a peak at some products that may be helpful for your pet and some winter pet safety tips.

To check out one of the Kriser’s near you (Max the cat has been known to shop in Libertyville), go online for a listing of stores.

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