Gift buying isn’t just for two-legged family members. Many parents of furry “children” are in the final holiday rush to find presents for their four-legged family, too.

A good gift for a dog or cat requires a slight shift of perspective, said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian and director of continuing education for the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Many pet owners consider their animals to be family members, so finding the perfect gift is important,” Biggs said. “For example, toys are important for a pet’s well-being because they help fight boredom when the pet must be left home alone. Toys also can help keep a pet from developing certain problem behaviors. Make sure safety is at the top of the list when shopping.”

Avoid objects with strings or ribbons and those with small parts that can easily be chewed off. Steer clear of toys that can cause choking or gastrointestinal obstructions. Read more…

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