Dr. Khuly’s Top 10 Gifts for Animal Lovers
Books make great gifts, as my recent post on the subject attests, but not everyone’s a book lover (though I may never comprehend this, it’s nonetheless true). That’s why I’ve put together this fun list. In keeping with my desire to offer you a selection of awesome pet-health-related gifts every year, here’s 2013’s holiday gift guide for animal lovers:
1. Wisdom Panel Breed Dog DNA Identification Test Kit. This was on last year’s list. But now that the 2.0 version is out, this well-respected at-home test is even more sensitive and specific than ever before. For $79.99, it’s just too much fun to pass up. What mutt lover wouldn’t want to know more about their pet’s parentage?
2. Whistle Go Pet Tracker. So I recommended this one last year too. What’s different, though, is that this year’s version of this popular GPS tracking device offers an “Activity Tracker” function as part of its online software. Tracking the difference in activity levels between pets is SO much fun. It might even help you manage your pets’ weight and identify health concerns early on.
3. Petcube Cam Indoor Wi-Fi Pet and Security Camera. Ever wonder what your cat does at night? Where your wayward terrier is escaping through the fence? Consider getting this super-cool gadget to help you keep better tabs on them. It’s a night vision video cam for the pet set. I’m impressed it’s only $49.
4. Blackfish. Considering a trip to an animal theme park that offers marine mammals for your entertainment? Watch this documentary (recently released on DVD) before ponying up an admission fee. If you’ve watched it already, consider gifting it. For less than $25, this is on my to-gift list for sure.
5. Personalized Pet Headstone. OK, so it doesn’t scream “Holiday!!” It will, however, make everyone cry when they see it under the tree (or a “gift certificate” announcing its impending fabrication). For the quality, I’m shocked that it’s only $74.99.
6. Laser Light Toys. I love laser toys. All of them. Maybe that’s because I spent too much of my teenage years at my local planetarium’s laser light show. In any case, they’re great ways to get your pets moving. Whether you spend $49.99 on this cool double laser device or spend $11 on these LED motion-activated pseudo-laser ball, you’re investing in their health. Get one this year!
7. National Geographic Magazine. It’s sort of like a book, but it’s not a book at all. And for the price, this is perhaps the most rewarding gift you can give an animal lover. At $15, it’s a steal.
8. Motorola Blink1 Wi-Fi Video Camera. More gadgets! This one is made for two-way communication with your pets. Watch them remotely, then tell them when they’re acting out inappropriately. Since it works right through your iPhone or Android smartphone, it’s easy to do. At $199, it’s a tad pricey, but since it can do double-duty as a baby monitor at night, maybe it’ll be worth it!
9. Custom Dog Nose-Print Pendant. Want another way to memorialize your pet… while she’s still with us? Consider this irresistible — if pricey — custom nose pendant. Made completely out of sterling silver, it’s a nose-print you mold at home and then send to the artist for casting. Beautiful, original and really classy. Curious about the price? $230 to $270, depending on the size.
10. SuperCat Catnip Crumples. These are SO much fun. And the nanotechnology involved makes them science-y too. Fold or crumple this paper and the scent of catnip is automatically released. The manufacturer says, “Nano Burst Technology means small bubbles of catnip scent burst during play for a long-lasting catnip experience.” Sure to release an equally powerful burst of energy from your couch potato for extra calorie burning power!