MORE THAN WHERE
Although “USA-made” has become a buzzphrase, some manufacturers are quick to point out that other criteria also are
important to consider when choosing a product.
Retailers should highlight those manufacturers who truly live
up to a made in the USA label through in-store displays or
“As the made in the USA category grows, consumers
need to be aware there is much more to learn about a product
beyond the American flag on the package,” said Holly Sher,
owner of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. in Wheeling, Ill. “Was
the product simply manufactured in the USA, or were the
ingredients sourced from the USA as well? Are the ingredients
natural and of high quality? Will it benefit the pet’s health?
Retailers should make sure that a product is not only
made in the USA, but also that its ingredients all are sourced
in the USA, said Eric Abbey, president and founder of Loving
Pets in Cranbury, N.J.
“It is important that retailers understand not all USA-made products are equal,” he said. “USA-made does not
automatically mean the product contains healthful ingredients. Review the ingredient panels when considering stocking
products on your shelves.”
BOBBI PANTER PET PRODUCTS offers its Itchy Dog Spray, Stinky Dog Spray and
Charlie Dog Spray, designed to complement its best-selling Signature Line Dog
Shampoos. Itchy Dog Spray soothes hot spots,
dry or irritated skin and mange, the company reports. Stinky Dog Spray degreases and removes all
odors, including skunk odor. Charlie Dog Spray
kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and lice
naturally with heavy essential oils that are great
for the skin. The products are made in the USA with
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CARU PET FOOD offers all-natural, bite-sized Alligator, Rabbit and Wild Boar Soft ‘n
Tasty treats. The baked, square-inch treats are made with USDA-inspected meat as the
first ingredient, plus blueberries and cranberries. The treats contain no ingredients from
China. Prepared in small batches with carefully selected, non-GMO ingredients, the
treats are packed with high-quality protein and fruits to help promote strong muscles
and a healthy heart, the company reports. They are made in the USA.
IMPERIAL CAT’S Scratch ‘n Shapes Large Big Cat is a downsized version of
Imperial Cat’s Big Cat scratcher, but it is still large enough for homes with multiple
cats. It features multiple horizontal and vertical scratching surfaces, a scooped top
for napping and two tunnel areas for play. It has sleek curves for scratching and
snoozing. Made in the USA from post consumer recycled materials, the scratcher is
100 percent recyclable after use.
HEALTHPRO NUTRITION’S Vita-GravyFX, developed by veterinarians, offers only
the highest-quality, third-party-verified, USP pharmaceutical-grade vitamins
and minerals to help maintain good nutrition and assist in filling nutritional gaps
commonly found in most shelf dog foods, raw diets and home-cooked meals,
according to the manufacturer. It comes in Puppy, Adult and Senior formulas. The
product is made in the USA.