Pet Presents: Giving in it’s many different forms

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Dogs in Diamonds: What's wrong with this picture?

As the holidays are right upon us, I have been nothing short of shocked at the ritzy and expensive gifts that are on the market for our four-legged family members.

Louis Vuitton pet carriers for $2100, doggy diamond collars for $378,000 and home pet spas for over $1200?

Actually this last one may have some hydrotherapy benefits depending on it’s features that could potentially save owners of dogs with limb injuries some money over the course of a lifetime.

I am honestly surprised a market for these extravagant gifts exists, but then again, I don’t have jewelry or Louis Vuitton on my Christmas wish list.

I guess the point of giving your pooch $3000 cologne is your pet will honestly love it. Of course, they would honestly love a new boomerang squeaky toy just as much, but it is without doubt that pets are much more gracious and appreciative at receiving gifts than we are as people.

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With pets, there is no baggage, no ulterior motives, and no fear of misinterpretation. Which is why we love our pets so much!

Unconditional love.

While we did spend some money on our pets this Christmas, I think their real joy will be some extra lap time and love, or for the dogs, a trip to the park off leash when we get our first big snow.

If you haven’t purchased a gift for your pets, consider giving something else entirely. Perhaps you can open your home to a new animal and become a foster parent (we just applied and are anxiously awaiting the application process!), or even a gift to charity.  Perhaps your cat will catch a cold and you will take them to the vet to keep him healthy.

ask a vet, dog health symptoms, hydrotherapy for dogs, physical therapyThere are a million things to spend your money on these days, but here’s a free way to help.  We aren’t biased to only pet charities, but one of our favorites, World Vets, is in the running for a $25,000 grant. The contest ends today, and all you have to do is vote. It is free and takes less than 30 seconds.

As for you, how will you be including your pets in your holiday rituals? Do you have a wonderful new pet toy you discovered, or do you have a favorite charity you give to? Tell us.

Happy holidays,
Dr. Laci


Dr. Laci Nash Schaible, DVM

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December 15, 2010 at 20:49

I can’t imagine spending that much on a pet. Every pet I know loves attention, a special treat, a game of tug with an old sock, a warm bed at night or other simple things, as much as they’d love a designer-label gift.

December 16, 2010 at 12:03

Pete, No kidding right! I don’t think any pet really appreciates a diamond necklace. As a vet, I’m thinking–what if they eat it? I’m sure diamonds could do some damage to the intestines!

Thanks for commenting.

May 16, 2012 at 14:11

I have decided to put 75-100$ aside a month for my cats my own porsenal insurance for them. I have heard of sooo many situations (all with different insurance companies) where the owner thinks the dog or cat will be covered for some injury/surgery/long term medication, but then some how there seems to always be a loop hole and the companies appear to be able to get out of helping with the vet costs. It really blows my mind. My sister has a cat that is diabetic and sure, the insurance will pay for a limited amount of medication and care.. a very little amount. After working it out, for the length of time that my sister paid the insurance it would have been wayyyy cheaper to put it aside herself, which is what she does now too.I live in Canada so if you live elsewhere, the programs might be better, but from my own experience and others, I don’t think it’s worth it, especially with cats, particularly if they are indoor cats.Cheers!

December 16, 2010 at 02:59

I never understood the purpose of buying pets things like jewelry. If you have all that money, buy your pet something they can appreciate. Buy them a ranch, farm, petting zoo … you know what I mean.

Clearly such gifts are not intended for the pet, not in real sense anyway. The spa – that I can see.

We normally give something yummy for the belly, extra quality time and extra special walks.

This year though, we also have to get Jasmine a rubber chicken she fell in love at the therapist :-)

With J.D. it doesn’t matter much what’d he get, as he would just eat it within minutes. So for him it is better something actually eatable.

December 16, 2010 at 12:17

Jana, The spa was the only thing I could try to imagine too, but the pictures of it really didn’t look too therapeutic, more beatifying, but trying to see the beneficial side of something at least!

As for me, I struggled when our medical bills were racking up at the university hospital for our pets. I wondered, is it right to spend thousands on a single pet when it would go so far in a rescue? After all, that’s were all our pets came from.

It didn’t stop us though, and in the end it made me feel a little guilty, but I would have felt more guilt I suspect if we hadn’t done what we felt compelled to do.

Extra walks, extra car rides, extra love, silly play, extra food, it’s so easy to make them happy!

December 16, 2010 at 15:15

Dear Laci. Well, we didn’t plan on spending all this money. It just adds up one bill at the time …

I feel stressed because our financial situation is really bad now, but I don’t feel guilty. Every life has a value. Yes, could have done all kinds of things with 50G but Jasmine needed it. So that’s where it went.

As long as we can see the hope that it will buy her extra time of full life, how could one stop?

December 17, 2010 at 10:11

Jana, I think it is wonderful that you saw her need and fulfilled it. I am happy you have been blessed with more happy times with her both for Jasmine’s sake and your whole family.

Jasmine and JD are truly lucky to have you and Jerry for parents.

Hope I didn’t come across as placing blame–it’s so hard in the techy age to interpret words without tone and expressions!

December 17, 2010 at 15:25

Dear Laci, I didn’t read it as blame, you said you felt guilty, so that’s self-blame :-)

I believe that everybody has to make decisions according to their own heart.

December 16, 2010 at 09:19

Why buy $3000 cologne for my dog, when there is FREE squirrel piddle in the back yard to roll in?

For Christmas the pets here get to beg at the dinner table, which results in all the family members receiving a thank you lick in return.

Along with volunteering with my favorite organization my pets require me to send a few bucks to their way from them.

December 16, 2010 at 12:20


Apparently some people have too much money on their hands!

Looks like a great organization; thanks for sharing!