Pampered pets


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.

The pet industry is booming, and it's no surprise: Sixty two percent of U.S. households have a pet, according to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, and that percentage accounts for more than 70 million homes.

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Mixed-breed dog, 7 months old, sitting in front of white background

We like to pamper them, and have plenty of opportunity. Giant retailers and boutique stores are chock full of specialty foods and accessories for the furry, finned, or feathered members of our families.

It's no wonder we spend $52.87 billion annually on our pets.

So if Fido wishes to dine on ahi tuna or Flicka wants to prance in a fancy saddle, if your lizard wants to lounge on Tanzanian driftwood or your fish swim through a replica Coliseum, you will find it here in our pet gift and accessory guide. And if you want to toast your pet with a bottle of Zinfandel just for dog lovers, you'll find that too.

To the dogs ...

Raise a glass to a Mutt:

Zinfandel from Mutt Lynch Winery is an award-winning Sonoma County wine for dog owners who enjoy the noble grape. Choose from a wide selection of wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc for under $20 at Earth Pets.

Bone Appetite:

Makes toothsome applesauce-and-spice dog cookies frosted with yogurt, so appetizing that even an owner might be tempted to sneak a bite. Seasonally themed cookies are $1.99 each or three for $5 at Earth Pets.

All things Gator:

Shouldn't Fido have the chance to display his school spirit, too? From comfy, machine-washable Gator-embossed beds, $39.99, to a sharp Florida Gators Official dog collar bandana, $9.99, to a premium Gators pet jersey, $29.99, your pooch will feel all orange-and-bluetiful with a visit to PetSmart online's Team Shop.

Tiki Dog:

Dog food with retro-inspired labels is so appealing that even the pickiest dog will be wagging its tail in gourmet excitement. Choose from varieties like Pipeline Luau, Kaui Lahaina Luau, Hapuna Luau, or Tonga Luau for $3.99 per can at Earth Pets.

Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets:

Has the same benefits as the famous product for people — stress reduction! Natural and eco-products are a big new trend in the pet industry. Pooches find tranquility for $17.99 at Earth Pets.

What the cat wants...

Play-N-Squeak Caged Mouse Toy:

Will give your fabulous feline hours of action and enjoyment. What cat doesn't like to toss around a little mouse? Treat your cat to a little fun for $7.99 at Earth Pets.

Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals “Salmon la Veg”:

Cat food has Pacific wild salmon, egg, Russet potatoes, and pearled barley on its ingredients list. Kitties whose owners wish to indulge them with a yummy, restaurant-type meal can do so for $17.99 at Earth Pets.

SmartyKat Scratch Cabin:

Is an eco-product made of corrugated cardboard. Cats can scratch away in privacy for $9.99 at Earth Pets.

Beastie Bands:

Cat collars feature whimsical designs and Velcro closures, $5.99 at Earth Pets.

Firstrax Noztonoz Kookamunga Komfy Kitty Fish Bed:

(try saying that three times!) is a perfect cat-sized hideaway for those felines who would rather lounge than go fish. Find it for $19.99 at Earth Pets.

For the birds...

Insight Inside-the-Cage birdbath:

Is a convenient way for birds to wash themselves in their very own bathtub, $6.99 at PetSmart.

Insight Bird Hypno-Wheel mesmerizes for $4.99 at PetSmart.

Rinse Ace Shower Misting Bird Bath:

Offers two gentle bath settings for keeping feathers pristine. Birds that pride themselves on their appearance will find this bath product for $29.99 at PetSmart.

Horsing around...

Miss Amy's Horse Treats:

Are locally made bon-bons, $12.95 at Bits & Spurs Tack Store.

EOUS Cool-Dry All-Purpose Saddle Pad:

Features an embroidered horse, $24.99 at Bits & Spurs Tack Store.

High Horse “Winchester” Trail Saddle:

Has a double-padded seat for long rides and stainless steel conchos for adornment, $1,125 at Bits & Spurs Tack Store.

Lizards love...

Cambodian Temple Statue Decoration:

Adds an exotic touch from Blue Ribbon Pet Products, $17.99 at Pangaea Pets.

Exoterra Rock Outcrops:

Lets your slithery pal snake around, $29.99 at Hogtown Reptiles.

Fossilized Nautilus Shell from Bolivia:

Makes for an unusual paleontological decoration and is 3.5 million years old, $99 at Panagea Pets.

Something fishy...

Top Fin TF Robot:

Is pure silly fun for the tank, $9.99 at PetSmart.

Reef Master Test Kit:

Measures important aquarium levels, $34.99 at PetSmart.

Top Fin Stone Coral Aquarium Decoration:

With tiny plastic plants mimics underwater splendor, $28.99 at PetSmart.

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