Pet retailers from around the world are in Las Vegas this week to showcase their latest pet products. SuperZoo, the largest pet industry trade show in North America, features every kind of pet product imaginable: foods, treats, toys, leashes, grooming supplies, pet apparel, and the latest gadgets, all under one roof. Since SuperZoo is not open to the public, here are some pet products that caught my attention.
New Dental Treats
Most pet parents know that dental chews can help keep their pet’s teeth clean and gums healthy. The Missing Link® has recently released Smartmouth™, a new dental chew designed to not only keep their pet’s teeth clean, but also to provide them with essential vitamins and nutrients. The Missing Link® Smartmouth™ Dental Chews have unique ridges and textured grooves to help clean teeth, provide omega-3 fatty acids to promote a healthy shiny coat, glucosamine to support mobility and joint health, and Stay-C™, a patented form of vitamin C, to help fight tartar and promote healthy gums.
Have you ever taken your dog on a hike but forgot to bring a bowl? If you have, you know how hard it for dogs to drink water from a bottle. Fortunately, pet parents can choose from a variety of portable travel bowls. I like Bella Roma travel bowls because they are lightweight, collapsible, BPA-free, and unlike cloth travel bowls, they hold water better because they keep their shape. They even come with a carabiner so you can clip them to your purse, backpack, or your dog’s harness or leash, and not forget them at home. https://lovingpetsproducts.com/product-category/dog-bowls/bella-roma-travel-bowls/
Do you have a dog whose super power is destroying toys in under 5 minutes? HERO® has an assortment of durable toys designed with your dog in mind. HERO® Outer Armor™ dog toys are built for intense play and use the latest advances in materials, design, and technology for durability. HERO® Chuckles are plush dog toys that squeak, crunch, or chuckle. Unlike many plush toys, they have reinforced lining and stitching for extra durability. They are available at pet stores nationwide and Amazon.
Eco-Friendly Cat Litter
When it comes to litter, pet parents have many options to choose from. For environmentally-conscious cat parents, Healthy Pet® Okocat™ litter is a great choice. Okocat™ litter is a 100% natural litter that is good for your cat, your family, and the environment. It’s made from reclaimed wood and doesn’t have the chemicals or toxins found in many litters. It also comes in a variety of formulas, such as clumping, non-clumping, and different textures so there’s something for every cat. While fairly new in the US, Healthy Pet® is part of JRS, a family-owned company with 100+ years of natural fiber product research. https://www.healthy-pet.com/okocat
Fashionable Dog Carriers
Let’s face it, our dogs love spending time with us. One perk about having a small dog is that you can carry them in a sling and take them wherever you go. Susan Lanci has a great selection of stylish dog carriers, ranging from her high-end Luxury purse carriers, to her more accessible cozy Cuddle Carriers. Both collections made out of soft, plush materials and are designed to look great. No matter which carrier you choose, you and your pampered pet are ready to hit the town with one of her fashionable carriers.
Dogs and cats know the value of relaxation. Whenever they have any down time, you are likely to find them taking a nap. There’s a reason it’s called a “cat nap.” That’s why your pet will enjoy a comfy new bed from Susan Lanci Designs. Cuddle Cups are unique beds that can be used 3 different ways: like a sleeping bag for pets that like to tunnel, pulled open like a blanket, or the sides can be rolled up to make a bed. Cuddle Cups made from plush materials and they are available in several fun colors and patterns.
Super Stylish Pet Accessories
Everyone wants to look their best and pets are no exception. Susan Lanci Designs offers an assortment of clothing and accessories to make sure your pet looks fabulous. Her selection includes fashionable collars with trendy prints, chic bows, and real Swarovski crystals. She also offers a collection of elegant dresses, classy coats, and stylish harnesses. Whether your pet prefers understated elegance, or fashion-forward trends, you are guaranteed to find something that will turn heads.
This is just a sampling of some of the many products here at SuperZoo. To see more fun pet products and some of the amazing animal celebs at SuperZoo be sure to check out my Instagram page @drruthmacpete
Summer is almost here. Are you and your pets ready for some fun in the sun? I have put together a list of summer must-have products designed to keep your pets entertained, hydrated, safe, and even clean this summer.
Kids aren’t the only ones who love summer, our pets love summer too. Pets enjoy being outdoors, being active, and of course, playing. An all-time favorite is the irresistible game of fetch. Unfortunately, many dogs have so much energy, we usually get worn out long before they get tired. The Chuckit® Classic Launcher is the perfect solution. It allows you to throw a ball farther with less effort so that your arm won’t wear out. You can also use it to launch sticks, and for a little variety, they even make a Chuckit® Ring Launcher to launch a ring that bounces and rolls. Best of all, these launchers allow you to pick up the ball or ring without using your hands so you can keep your hands free of slobber and slime. If you have a frisbee dog, the Chuckit® Fetch Flight frisbee is designed to be easy to throw, easy to catch, and easy for your dog to pick it up.
Safety Tip: Remember to take it easy and not overdo it on a hot summer day. Avoid running or playing with your dog during the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Instead, exercise or play with your pooch in the early morning or evenings when it is typically cooler. And remember to stay hydrated!
Whether playing in the park, hiking along a trail, or playing on the beach, remember to bring water for yourself and your pet. Remember to bring a bowl since most dogs have trouble drinking from a water bottle. Fortunately, there are lots of great options for a travel bowl. I like Bella Roma travel bowls because they are lightweight, collapsible, and unlike cloth travel bowls, they keep their shape and hold water better. They even come with a carabiner so you can easily clip them to your purse, backpack, or your dog’s harness or leash.
During the dog days of summer, make sure your pets have access to fresh water. Encourage your pet to drink with a Petmate Fresh Flow Home fountain. The Petmate Fresh Flow Home fountain is like having an artesian spring in your home. The fountain provides a running supply of fresh water. It recirculates water through a carbon filter to keep it fresh and odor-free.
Safety Tip: Be sure your pet has access to water and shade whenever they are outside. Always carry water and bowls whenever you are out with your pet.
Be water-safe with your pets. Not all dogs are good swimmers. If you take your dog to the ocean, lake, or on a boat, make them wear a life vest if they aren’t strong swimmers. Choose a life vest specifically designed for dogs, and make sure it fits properly.
When the weather gets hot, remember that the ground gets hotter! Asphalt and sand absorb heat. They can get hot enough to scorch your pet’s sensitive pads. Protect your pet’s feet by investing in dog booties. Remember, if the ground is too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.
After a long day at the park, beach, or mountains, you and your dog will return happy, tired, and most likely, dirty. Don’t let the dirt faze you. It’s easy to keep your dog looking like they just came from the groomer. Remember to use a high-quality pet shampoo specially formulated for pets, like VetDerm Solutions Super Hydrating & Conditioning Pet Shampoo. As a vet, I often saw people use human shampoos or harsh pet shampoos to bathe their dogs. Although their pet smelled great by our standards, these heavily perfumed shampoos overwhelmed their dog’s sensitive sense of smell and left their pet’s skin and coat dry and itchy. That’s why I teamed-up with dermatologist and founder of SkinResource.MD Dr. Paul Dean to make VetDerm Solutions Super Hydrating & Conditioning Pet Shampoo. Our shampoo combines the highest quality ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and soothe your pet’s sensitive skin. It’s tear-free and kind to your dog’s sensitive nose with no added fragrances.