There are many benefits to owning a pet for people 50-plus, including combatting loneliness and encouraging exercise habits. A recent UK study on adults ages 40 to 79 showed that regular dog walkers were more active in cold, rainy weather. Even on the the worst weather days, their level of activity was 20 percent higher compared with people without dogs, Reuters reports.
And the holidays are the perfect time to stock up on your favorite winter essentials for your pets, especially dogs who are more likely to be outdoors. But what fabulous finds for Fido are available at a reasonable price? USA Today ranked the top 10 pet gifts under $40 to help prepare your pet for winter. Here are a few of our faves.
- Paw and nose lotions. Winter can be a rough time for pets with the dry air and icy sidewalks leading to chapped noses and paws. USA Today highlights the all-natural Burt's Bees Paws and Nose Lotion to soothe your pup's appendages. The product, which is free of parabens and petroleum, is available on Amazon for $4.87.
- Paw wax. As any pet owner who has ever tried to put booties on a dog can tell you, those wriggling balls of fluff often don't make it easy on us. But now there is another option to protect your pooch's paws from the elements. Musher's Secret pet paw wax creates a seal against salt and ice, according to USA Today. The product, available from Amazon for $12.25, can prevent chafing caused by icy conditions and sidewalk salt.
- Heated outdoor water bowl. If your dog loves spending his day outdoors, a heated dog bowl could be the trick to keeping him hydrated. The Farm Innovators Heated Pet Bowl, available in the 1-quart model on Amazon for $24.18, keeps water from freezing and features an anti-chew cord.
- Safety jacket. The SafetyPup XD Urban Reflective Dog Vest can help keep your pup safe on dark evening walks with a bright hue and easy to see colors. It is available on Amazon for $16.95.
- Heated pet pad. When the weather turns cold, humans love to break out the heated blanket, and it makes sense that our pets might enjoy a warm spot to sleep, too. The Milliard Heated Pet Pad, available for $49.99 at milliardbedding.com, incorporates fleece to make it even more comfy for your pet.
See the full list at USA Today.