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Great gifts for pets and pet-lovers on your list

The holiday season is here and you can stop chasing your tail wondering what’s the best pet present to buy. With this holiday gift guide, you don’t have to feel like an underdog when finding the perfect gift for the deserving four-legged companions and doting pet parents in your life. And if you want to stay out of the doghouse during the holidays, the holiday tips will keep your wintry adventures fun and festive!

Dogs and cats are gifted at napping, and Petco carries a wide variety of pet beds designed for dreaming animals. The Cuddler Bed in Berry ($14.99) is a round, plush comfy zone for dogs to easily climb into and relax — perfect for older canines. The Red Plaid Cat Bed ($18.74) will have your cat snuggling up to the stuffed sides, and the no-skid bottom will keep even skittish kitties grounded.

Tip: Make sure to have a comfortable bed for your dog or cat to relax on and help them stay away from the holiday dinner table — especially since candy canes and other sugary treats can be toxic to dogs.

Crazy Critters pet toys will have your little crazy critters jumping for joy! The Fox & Raccoon Stuffing-Free Toys ($9.99) are super-soft and a dog’s perfect hunting toy. If your Christmas canine is a chewer by nature, then the All Natural Mega Munch Sticks ($4.99) made of bark-covered willow branches will have your dog chomping and chasing this multipurpose toy. ($4.99 - $9.99; for more information visit: petco.com)

Tip: Keep your dog busy and entertained with a new Crazy Critter toy as you are running around getting everything perfect for the holidays.

The Ubisoft Petz Nursery 2 video game is the perfect holiday gift for the entire family, especially if you’re thinking of adopting a new pet this holiday. Animal lovers can bond with 22 different animals while discovering each breed’s likes and dislikes. Ubisoft Petz Nursery 2 helps players learn which pet is the right fit for your family, and adds to what you already know about beloved pets. Nurture and create relationships with baby “petz” by feeding them, providing shelter and watching them grow! ($29.99; for more information visit: ubi.com)

Tip: Instead of pulling down the Christmas tree or helping you “rearrange” your holiday decorations, your kid(s) will keep busy with the Ubisoft Petz Nursery 2 video game.

We all have Land’s End jackets — now our dogs can, too! Every dog needs an extra layer when running from one holiday hound party to the next. Your dog will keep warm throughout the wintry cold with a Land’s End Fleece Dog Jacket, perhaps in seasonal red or green, with a memorable monogram. This cozy, machine-washable, polyester fleece jacket protects dogs in the ruff-est of climates. ($19.50; for more information visit: landsend.com)

Tip: Not all dogs are huskies! It’s important to keep your dog or cat warm this chilly winter season. Remember, a cold or snow-covered dog can turn into a sniffling dog.

If you’re planning some holiday travel with your snowbound pets or know a pet parent who is, artist William Wegman has created the gift for you! The exclusive William Wegman Crypton Super Fabric Throver works like a tarp but looks like a topline blanket. The “Throver” (for Rover) can be used to cover and protect outdoor car seats and indoor sofas. This must-have pet present is available in two designs — Show (six colors) and Gameboard (five colors). The Throver is easy to spot or machine clean, and is stain and odor resistant. ($149; for more information visit: cryptonfabric.com)

Tip: Use a William Wegman Throver to keep your furniture clean for all the holiday guests! The Throver is easy to clean, and will help keep your furniture pet damage free, saving you from buying a new sofa or couch.

Final note: Do not give pets as gifts! This isn’t Scrooge speaking, but it is important that the receiver is ready to play, love and care for the pet 24 hours a day! Unlike an ugly pair of wool socks, pets aren’t gifts you can just toss aside or return. If you do know someone who’s ready to become a new “mommy” or “daddy,” make sure you adopt as there is every breed, size, color, shape and personality available.

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