Family & Pets

Best Gifts For Pets In Washington DC

December 14, 2012 8:00 AM

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As the holiday season approaches all thoughts naturally turn to shopping for that perfect gift for friends and loved ones, including the family pet. There are lots of wonderful gifts to choose from in the Washington, D.C. area that will make the four-legged or feathered family member feel special during the holidays. From toys, clothing and furniture to opportunities to pamper your pooch, D.C. has your pet’s holiday needs covered.

Bandana Dog Collar
Barkley Square
311 N. Washington St. Ste. 200R
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 329-1043
www.barkleysquare.com

Price: $9.95 -$10.95

Deck your four-footed friend in a fancy bandana collar from Barkley Square for extra oohs and ahs from the family this holiday season. Shop ample varieties to choose from to perfectly showcase your dog’s personality, from casual to a little more dressy. They’re also far easier to get on an off than standard bandanas. Barkley Square also offers pet spa and taxi services for fully pamper your furry friend.

Dog & Cat Grooming
Healthy Dog, LLC
1364 E St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(888) 265-4049
www.healthydogstore.com

Price: $18 to $25

Face it, most pups don’t care about their beds or collars. They live for treats and high-quality lovin’. With all of the traffic coming through your house, it’s a guaranteed good time for your pup. Make him or her extra lovable with a deodorizing bath, trim up and ear wax removal. This is especially important for dogs with sensitive ears if you plan to have children in the house. Have it done a few days before everyone arrives so any ear sensitivities have a chance to settle down. Prices will vary based on length of dog’s hair and breed of dog so it is good idea to call ahead for a price estimate.

Petite Soiree Treat Bag
Doggie Style Bakery, Boutique and Pet Spa

1825 18th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-0595
www.doggiestylebakery.com

Price: $2.99

If it isn’t belly rubs, it’s treats that motivate your furry friends. While everyone is stuffing themselves with turkey and fixings, keep Fido in mind. Snag a quarter-pound bag featuring a popular party mix of Doggie Style Bakery’s favorite treats. The treats are cut into small pieces that are bite-sized, making them ideal for even the treat gulpers begging beside the dinner table. Doggie Style also carries top-of-the-line foods for cats and dogs, and offers a doggie spa.

Related: Pet-friendly

Catty Stacks Designer Cat Condos
The Big Bad Woof
117 Carroll St. NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 291-2404
www.thebigbadwoof.com

Price: $15.99

This designer stackable condo will keep cats busy for hours as they play, hide, nest and sleep in the stacks. The boxes are industrial-strength and may be moved and rearranged at will to keep cats interested. They may also be stacked high to make climbing structures to encourage exercise as cats engage in their favorite activities. The condos are also perfect for homes with multiple cats to keep them busy throughout the day.

Doggy Daycare
Dog-ma
821 Virginia Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-7805
www.dog-ma.com

Price: $36

If you’re going away for a day or plan on having a full house around a nervous pet, invest in doggie daycare. Pets get to play in a 7, 000-square-foot dog park at Dog-ma. They may also play inside. All playtime includes toys, games and some general obedience. Each dog gets personal attention during his or her stay, including snacks. Dogs must weigh at least 10 pounds to attend, and care is provide for up to 12 hours.

Related: Best Places to Take a Doggy Day Trip Near D.C.

For more great holiday gift ideas visit YourHolidayHints.com

Sarah Hearn is a freelance writer covering all things DC. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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