We round-up some of the best toys, treats and more from local pet shops for your pampered pet.
Got an excited eater? This slow feeding bowl has ridges and mazes that help dogs eat at a slower pace, which prevents bloat and obesity ($33), Critter Jungle.
No matter the season, keep your best friend hydrated while on the go. This portable water dispenser by Gulpy is spill-proof and fits in most bicycle water cages ($13), Masters’n’Dogs.
Reward that good dog with Canadian-made, wheat-free, vegan Peanut Butter Banana Biscuits from Northern Biscuits ($10 for 500 g), terra20. Fetch a fishy treat: salmon skin bones ($3 each), Global Pet Foods. Encourage play (but not with your shoes) with the Foobler electronic treat dispenser. This gizmo is a programmable dog toy that lets you choose the time intervals it will refill with treats. It even has a bell that sounds to tell your dog it’s time to play ($36), Pet Circus.
Lucy the Giraffe will stick her neck out for that hound that loves tug-of-war ($13), from Critter Jungle.
Pups concerned about their environmental paw print will roll over for this Salsa Plush Monster—a plaything made from recycled plastic. ($16) terra20.
Love local? Look for made-in-Ottawa Buddy Bites ($10, Pet Circus), gourmet goods like frozen yogourt Pooch Pops ($4 each), and baked bones (two for $3.50) from online retailer and roving “treat trike” Flying Hound.
Ottawa’s Allison Shalla, aka The Pet Chef, offers pet nutrition consulting as well as home-made “HomeoPawthic” pooch products. Try Mellow Doggie ($15), a calming tincture for when thunder rumbles, or paw balm ($14), which protects pads from salt and snow.
Love the look? Pointer-Labrador Twix is wearing a Bella Bean Couture collar ($39) and matching leash ($49), Masters’n’Dogs.