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Revealed: The Millions Spent on Our Pets this Christmas

05 December 2014
Australian Veterinary Association

AUSTRALIA - Australians spend around A$673 million a year on pet products and accessories, so the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has compiled a useful list of pet gifts for anyone who wants to show their pets how much they love them this Christmas.

“Pets are an important part of the family and it’s not unusual for some pet owners to wrap up a present for their furry friend and put it under the tree,” said Dr David Neck from the AVA.

“There are many ways you can show your pet how much they mean to you without spending a fortune.

“What our pets need the most of course is our love and attention, and some good quality pet food.

“But there are some simple things you can give and do that they’ll really appreciate, which are good for them too.

“And then there are presents at the other end of the scale you could consider, if you feel like really spoiling them and having a bit of fun yourself,” he said.

Top Christmas gift ideas for pets include:

  • A fancy dog tag and doggy-couture collar will have your pooch looking like a million bucks. While microchipping increases the chances of your dog being returned to you if it gets lost, a name tag provides an additional source of identification.
  • A new Frisbee or rubber ball for your dog is a great way for both you and your best friend to spend time together and get exercise at the same time. And if you’re out in the sunshine why not put a new pair of Doggles (sunglasses for dogs) on your best friend?
  • Cats love cat caves – they take cat beds to a whole new level and many are made from eco-friendly material. Or maybe a new scratching post or hanging catnip toy in the shape of a fish or mouse will keep your kitty purring.
  • For the city-dwellers, you can now buy a backyard in a box which offers a mini-lawn. A great alternative for dogs living in smaller homes or apartments.
  • For your feathered friend, they’re sure to appreciate a new bird swing, mirror or healthy hanging munch ball.
  • Many stockists can provide personalised items such as Christmas stockings, bowls and placemats. Or you could go all out and by a mini dog or cat mansion!

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