Contents JANUARY 2018
Cover and Table of Con Ten Ts: shu TTers ToCk
6 Show Recap: Aquatic Experience
15 Pet Food Manufacturers Go Transparent
18 Business Builder:
How to Boost Business During
the Mid-Winter Freeze
19 Market Outlook:
Corporate Responsibility in the
Form of Animal Welfare Is a
Perfect Pet Market Match
PET DEALER FOCUS
21 Pillar of the Community
Pet Product news’ 2017-2018 People and Pet
Partner retailer of the Year winner flourishes
around an offering of nutritious food and an
atmosphere of knowledge and empowerment.
25 Products Born of Passion
Pet Product news names the winners
of its 2017 editors’ Choice awards.
2018’s Must-Have Products
30 Aquatic Foods & Supplies
32 Cat Litter, Litterboxes & Litterbox
34 Dental Products
36 Dog & Cat Food
38 Dog Collars, Harnesses & Leashes
40 Flea & Tick Control Products
42 Herp Products
44 Herp Products
46 Small Mammal Products
48 Dog & Cat Toys
50 Show Some Love
for many cat owners, treats are the perfect way
to give pets some affection, but not just any
tidbit will do: retailers report increasing interest
in healthful, natural cat treats.
53 New Products
54 Less Is More
In a market with unlimited pet food options,
consumers increasingly trust the transparency and
simplicity of high-quality, limited-ingredient diets.
57 Oral Care Is On the Rise
With more owners aware of the need for good
canine dental health, manufacturers have upped
their offerings with an eye on efficacy,
convenience and price.
59 New Products
DOG & CAT MARKETPLACE
60 On the Safe Side
Pet owners want to protect their pets—and
that’s adding up to sales of health and safety
products for pet specialty retailers.
61 New Products
62 Maintenance Matters
To help aquatic hobbyists succeed, pet specialty
retailers and manufacturers endeavor to make
care and cleaning tasks simpler to perform.
64 International Waters: Zebras Seized at
The october 2017 seizure of smuggled fish is the
largest one on record in terms of the number of
amazonian species involved.
65 Demand Grows for Terrarium Supplies
livestock brings customers in to pet specialty
stores, but the right equipment keeps them
coming back for more.
MADE IN THE USA MARKETPLACE
66 Domestic Bliss
Pet specialty retailers and product
manufacturers strive to meet the growing
demand for made in the usa products.
68 New Products
69 Ready to Groom
Customers are increasingly seeking natural
grooming products, and pet specialty retailers
are boosting their offerings to capitalize
on the trend.
70 New Products
73 Retailer Profile: A Herp Destination
With the help of family and friends, aron Morrison
has built a thriving reptile store that has been
serving customers in California’s bay area for
more than two decades.
74 Why Consumer Shows Matter
attending consumer pet shows isn’t just
about making quick sales—it’s about starting
conversations that will earn your store
7 Industry News
14 Acquisition News
16 Pet Charity News
18 Pets in the News
71 Pet Industry Calendar