Christmas gifts for pets are more common than ever

Trisha Clark at A1 Pet Emporium said business has been brisk this holiday season.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: December 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm •  Published: December 15, 2012
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Trisha Clark and her husband opened A1 Pet Emporium three years ago. The store at 2911 W Britton Road sells everything from food to cupcakes and Oklahoma City Thunder outfits for dogs and cats. Holiday business is up this year.

“There's not one major thing that stands out more than others as far as what people are buying this year,” Clark said. “We've sold a lot of chews that are healthy and last a long time. We're getting more people that want treats made in the United States.”

Clark said she began buying Christmas gifts for her pets 20 years ago, and this year her four dogs and one cat will get something.

“I think more people are treating their pets as family members,” she said. “Not only do the kids have stockings, the pets do too. For some people, their pets are their family so there's a desire to make sure they get something fun for Christmas.”