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Holiday time is for pets too. Mall Santa Clauses are hosting pet photo visits, weekly dog and cat adoptions/rescues are being held throughout Orange County and kitschy Christmas and Hannukah pet toys are being stocked in stores throughout the area. Keeping health and safety at the forefront is most important when it comes to selecting holiday gifts for your favorite pets. Don’t forget the birds on your list! There are several OC stores that do the best job in offering safe and engaging pre-tested toys, premium foods and treats, healthy grooming services and the wonderful opportunity to rescue an animal.
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(credit: Kriser’s Natural Pet)


Kriser’s Natural Pet
1044 Irvine Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 515-0000
www.krisers.com

Kriser’s Natural Pet store, which also has locations in Irvine and Laguna Niguel, is known for helping pet parents nurture their dogs and cats. Hot holiday gifting for cats is easy at Kriser’s – check out Flashing Mat and Purr Pillow from PetStages, PURRfect feather toys and Nekochan Birbug that’s ideal for pouncers. Maintaining its all-natural care philosophy, Kriser’s Natural Pet offers natural foods and treats, top choice grooming products and services, toys that stimulate physical and mental development and training kits. The holidays often bring extra anxiety to a pet, but fortunately Kriser’s also offers Pet Remedy, a special blend of essential oils which help calm without sedating or drugging the animal.

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The Puppy Store of OC
Westfield Main Place
2800 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 835-2275
www.orangebone-oc.com

The Puppy Store does wonderful work with Brooklyn’s Bridge Animal Rescue and Orange Veterinary Hospital’s Second Chance Program, offering the community the opportunity to adopt a dog (and wrap him up in a bow and put him under the tree) this Christmas. Whether families or individuals are looking for registered purebreds or adopting a lonely pup, the Puppy Store can make dreams come true for both sides. In addition, the store carries the latest and hottest pet fashions and accessories. Fit for every personality, Puppy Store has a chic merchandise line of pet apparel, collars, leashes and toys.

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Animalia
16389 Bolsa Chica Road
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 337-7630
www.animaliapetspecialty.com

Animalia is a specialty shop catering to dogs and cats. Customers shop here for high quality pet food and treats, toys and accessories. Clever specialty items including picture frames, greeting cards, clocks and candles make great gifts for pet parents, while cozy dog beds, freshly baked dog cookies, cat nip, balls and squeaky toys are fun for dogs or cats. Each month, Animalia welcomes pets and their parents to the store for anesthesia-free dental cleanings and vaccinations, provided by Qualified Pet Dental. If in serious need of a bath, dogs are welcome to clean up in Animalia’s unique self-service bathing suites. Everything from basic “Beach Bum” baths are available to luxurious “Surf City” baths. All washes include a stainless steel raised tub, professional air dryer and warm water.

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Omar’s Exotic Birds
903 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 572-8353
www.omarsexoticbirds.com

The pet bird community has come to rely on Omar’s Exotic Birds since 1984. Bird lovers choose Omar’s sot only for products and services, but for support, expert advice on daily caring and nurturing, as well as for bringing home a new baby bird. The babies are perched in full view and not in cages so customers can get that rare up-close perspective. Toy gifts for birds are essential — the more the merrier. Choose from Omar’s toy wall, which features different textures, colors and types. In addition to interesting toy gifts, Omar’s offers grooming services for a range of birds (canaries, cockatiels, lovebirds and finches, African greys, Amazons, toucans, lories, mini or full size macaws, etc).

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(credit: Nina Jussila/DOGMA)


DOGMA
6755 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 737-5950
www.dogmaoc.com

Martnel Bonacquisti, owner of Dogma-Irvine, shares her passion and commitment to the animal world through her stores. She curates her own knowledge and experience through offering premium pet food, treats and nutritional supplements, safe and stimulating toys and chews as well as chic pet wear and other pampering items. Well-being and safety is Dogma’s top priority. Bonacquisti’s assortment of fashionable merchandise includes “Sniffany & Co.” blue pet beds, Burberry-style dog jackets and a “Chewy Vuitton” pillow. Cute and tasty pumpkin ginger treats from Healthy Dogma, pupcakes and Love Bites are fun gifts for pups. Both of their stores have a very large selection of unique toys, beds, carriers, collars, harnesses, car seats and grooming care items a well and they most likely have the largest selection of pet apparel in Orange County. They’re always at the forefront of trying to provide a fun and informative experience for our valued two and four legged customers.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.