6 Things Fido Wants for the Holidays

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Or are you a last-minute shopper? Either way, don’t forget to pick up a few things for your canine buddy! Fido definitely deserves a special something. In this article, a McHenry, IL vet lists some of the things that may make your pet’s wish list this year.


Our playful canine pals absolutely love getting new toys! You can offer Fido classic doggy toys, like squeaky toys or rope toys, or try something new, like an automated laser pointer or a mechanical ball launcher. If you have a puppy, little Fido may enjoy some chew toys. Puzzle toys are also great, especially for frisky pups and dogs that stay home alone while their human buddies go to work. Ask your vet for recommendations.


A doghouse is a great addition to any yard! Choose a sturdy one that is well-insulated. (Note: avoid doghouses that are made of pressure-treated wood, as it is toxic to dogs.) Fido’s outdoor home should be raised off the ground, so snow and rain go beneath it. It should also be situated so the door faces away from prevailing winds.

Puppy Play Zone

Does Fido already have a doghouse? Make his outdoor time even more fun by putting a puppy play zone around it. You can add a sandbox, a deck, ramps, tunnels, and lots of outdoor toys. A kiddie pool will also be great in summer. Of course, you may need to wait until spring to set everything up, so put some toys and treats in your four-legged friend’s stocking to hold him over.

New Bed

Help Fido sleep more comfortably at night by getting him a new doggy bed. Large breeds and senior pooches may enjoy orthopedic doggy beds, while smaller pups may prefer beds with raised sides.


Nothing gets that cute tail wagging like the thought of a yummy snack! Fill Fido’s stocking with his favorite store-bought goodies. You can also make your pet some homemade doggy treats. Look online for safe, suitable recipes.

Subscription Box

Did you know that there are now subscription boxes for dogs? This is a great option for pups that go through their toys quickly! Plus, you get to watch Fido get excited over his mail every month.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your McHenry, IL pet hospital, anytime. We’re happy to help!

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