Best Gifts For Pets In East Bay

December 14, 2012 5:00 AM

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to remember the four-legged friends in your life. If stumped for ideas, gift options range from specialty foods to Christmas toys. When searching for the perfect present for a loved-one’s pet or your own, look no further than these East Bay pet stores.

Wags and Whiskers Pet Boutique
1528 Locust St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 935-2275

Wags and Whiskers is the local Walnut Creek mom-and-pop stop for organic dog foods and supplies. The knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you select the best dining options for even the most picky of eaters or those with sensitive stomachs. This boutique carries a wide variety of hard-to-find dog food brands and even offers doggy birthday cakes. Keep an eye out for special holiday offerings in addition to the large selection of toys, collars and leashes.

Paws On Piedmont
3974 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 601-7297

This popular neighborhood pet boutique caters equally to both dogs and cats. The well-educated staff is always willing to help customers select the right products for their pets. If you’d like the option of letting your pet select his own holiday gift, well-behaved pets are always welcome to shop with their owners. Paws on Piedmont offers a vast array of holiday-themed dog and cat gifts including Santas, penguin chew toys and Hanukkah toys. If you’re looking to gift a lonely kitty with a companion, make sure to check out the twice-monthly Maine Coon adoption events.

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Holistic Hound
1510 Walnut St.
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 843-2133

The best gift you can give your pet is the gift of good health. Holistic Hound in Berkeley offers natural products and services for both cats and dogs. Owner Heidi Hill promotes natural pet-care education through classes, can refer holistic pet-care providers and sells complementary pet health-care products for every ailment from allergies to arthritis. In addition to the extensive selection of supplements, whole foods and pet beds, Holistic Hound will also be offering special holiday-themed treats and toys during the Christmas season.

Dog Bone Alley
1342 Park St.
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-5800

Dog Bone Alley in Alameda offers a wide selection of products for cats, dogs and owners. Like at many of the other nearby independent pet stores, the staff here is passionate about pets and excels at customer service. Dogs are allowed off of the leash inside the store. With reasonable prices competitive with some of the bigger chain pet stores, there are loads of holiday gift options from doggie carriers to holiday toys, collars and treats.

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East Bay Vivarium
1827 5th St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 841-1400

For those whose pets tend to be of the non-furry ilk, East Bay Vivarium is the stop for holiday shopping. This Berkeley spot caters to reptile and amphibian owners, as well as sells a variety of snakes, lizards and turtles. While it does not carry holiday-specific items, it does offer gift cards and an extensive selection of pet supplies from cages to foods. The staff is an excellent source for information on the proper care and handling of a variety of reptile and amphibian species.

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