Contents FEBRUARY 2018
Cover and Table of Con Ten Ts: shu TTers ToCk
19 How a California Animal Shelter
Responded to the State’s Wildfires
19 6 Pet-Tech Products Showcased at CES
22 Retailers Forecast Their Fortunes
With 2018 in full swing, pet product retailers
share their expectations for the year ahead
and predict which pet categories are
likely to grow or decline.
25 Market Outlook: Home Pet
Food Delivery Is the Future
PET DEALER FOCUS
26 Retailer of the Year
Championing the cat population in dallas, and
beyond, Pet Product news’ 2017-2018 feline
friend retailer of the Year is truly an advocate
of the furry feline set.
30 Inside Look: Pet Releaf
32 Beyond Grain
as consumer awareness increases and more
manufacturers offer grain-free diets for dogs,
category sales continue to rise.
34 New Products
36 Work the Behavior Problem
as dogs spend more time with their owners,
problem behaviors—and products that help
alleviate these issues—are getting more attention.
40 Safe, Natural Ingredients Top Demands
dog and cat owners are buying more skin and
coat grooming products, with purchasers
focused on ingredients and efficacy.
44 New Products
45 Frozen Foods Heat Up
specialty marine food options help pet
specialty retailers keep market share
and grow their bottom line.
46 New Products
47 International Waters: Industry Forms
PIJaC and the industry rally in support of hawaii’s
48 Housing Upheaval
small mammal enclosures are being upscaled
and upsized as market pressures create niche
space for independent retailers.
51 New Products
52 Trending Treats
new formats and ingredients might get tails
wagging, but pet owners insist treats must be
healthful and all natural.
55 New Products
56 Seeking the Source
Consumers are asking questions about the
sourcing and production of cat food, and many
are equating usa-sourced ingredients with
higher quality and safety standards.
59 New Products
DOG & CAT MARKETPLACE
65 Retailer Profile: Something Special
from nutritious food and treats to dapper
accessories and colorful playthings, Jett
and Monkey’s dog shoppe has the perfect
swag for any canine.
66 Buying Direct
Why purchasing directly from independent micro
manufacturers is sometimes the right thing to do.
6 Industry News
11 Trade Show News
13 Acquisition News
14 Distribution News
17 Pet Charity News
18 Product News