Gifts for Dogs for Christmas – Are We Carrying This Too Far?

Gifts for Dogs for Christmas – Are we carrying this a little to far to the extreme? 

The fact is that gifts for dogs at Christmas and other holidays is a real growth industry.  More and more people are buying gifts for their pets – special treats and food, special beds, pet clothing, and many other products.  Some people actually give their pet some sugary treat.

Do our pets need all of this?  Even more important, do some of these gifts hurt our pets’ health?

Let me say this.  My little dog deserves something special.  He is the sweetest, most affectionate dog we have ever owned.  He provides unconditional love to everyone in the family.  He is so excited when one of us comes home having been gone for a few hours.

But we don’t shower him with all kinds of gifts at Christmas.  We may give him an extra one of this regular treats on Christmas day.  That would mean an Antioxidant Health Bar or a Gourmet Dental treat.  He may even get a healthy pork hide bone (not rawhide that can be very unhealthy).  We try to pay special attention to him during the day.  There is so much activity at our house that is easy to forget the little guy.  But we seldom do.

We just don’t want to give him anything that might hurt his health.  If we give him special gift, we give it to him during the year.  For example, we bought him a nicer bed a few months ago.  He didn’t know if it was Christmas or some other day.  But I know he really enjoyed it.

I read an article that discusses gifts for dogs for Christmas.  It is called “Are Americans crazy for treating our pets like kids?”  Here is a short quote:

The shopping frenzy has begun. Sweaters, toys and cushy new beds.

All for “other” family members. The pets.

The season of giving inevitably prompts pet lovers (53% of dog owners and 38% of cat owners) to gift their animals, often lavishly, says a survey by the American Pet Products Association.

It also prompts the question: Is there something, well, weird about that?

According to a Kelton Research survey commissioned by Milo’s Kitchen pet treats:

•81% regard their pets as full members of the family.

•58% call themselves their pets’ “mommy” or “daddy.”

•77% buy pets birthday gifts.

•More than half say they talk about pets more than politics or sex.

Well, grinches, here’s what mental health professionals have to say about all this pet-loving goofiness: The blatant puppy love much of America is displaying does not spell the end of society as we know it, and the pet-obsessed are not pathetically off-kilter humans in need of intense therapy.

The entire article can be found here.

The article seems to support giving these extravagant gifts to our pets on holidays.  I go along with that as long as it does not hurt our pet’s health in any way.  Sugary treats are completely out.

What do you think about gifts for dogs for Christmas?  For that matter, gifts for any pets?  Thanks for your input.  Have a great holiday season.


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