December 2014
A Breed Apart

It was another banner year for the pet care industry, which was expected  to surpass the $55-billion mark by the…
Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy magazines—which are celebrating their 50th and 45th anniversaries, respectively—will retire in early 2015, making way for two new magazines from I-5 Publishing. Modeled after the media network's successful websites, and, Catster and Dogster magazines will deliver the same relatable and entertaining content for…
Lincoln Bark has become the official treat of SitStayRead, a Chicago non-profit organization that partners certified reading-assistance dogs to Chicago Public schools and inner-city community programs. SitStayRead helps improve reading fluency for children in grades one through four by allowing children to read aloud to dogs, which increases kids’ confidence.…
Organizers of the Zoomark International trade show, which will be held in Bologna, Italy, May 7-10, said there has been increased interest in the show from international exhibitors. Organizers report that 20 percent of the new companies that have registered are international exhibitors. The show’s exhibitors can utilize the MyZoomark…
Coastal Pet Products has redesigned four patterns in its Pet Attire Styles collection of sublimated collars, leashes and harnesses. The patterns Plaid Bones, Special Paws, Black Bones and Special Paw Brown were redesigned to offer a more updated look for all pups. In addition, the company has added two skull…
Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell, will be the opening keynote speaker at the 23rd-annual Petfood Forum 2015, which will be held April 27-29 in Kansas City, Mo. Galaxy, who focuses on saving cats from rescue shelters, will kick off the conference on April 28.In his…
Ryan Torigian has joined Ethical Products, Inc., as senior vice president of sales. Torigian has an extensive background in the pet industry with experience in sales. He began his career in his family’s distribution company before working with Central Garden and Pet. Most recently, he spent three years with Precision…
Messy Mutts has unveiled a line of fashionable and functional dog care products. It includes Silicone Single and Double Feeders, Non-Slip Stainless Steel Bowls, Chenille Mats and Towels, along with other products for dogs and homes. The Silicone Single and Double Feeders have a non-slip base that prevents damage to…
PetSmart has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium led by U.K.-based BC Partners, Inc. The transaction would be valued at approximately $8.7 billion, representing a 9.1x multiple of PetSmart’s adjusted EBITDA1 for the 12 months ending Nov. 2, 2014.The transaction was unanimously approved by the…
Innovacyn, the makers of Vetericyn animal wound- and skin-care products, named the winners of its fourth-annual Vetericyn Loves Animals online charity giveaway. The eight non-profit organizations that received the most online votes and won more than $2,500 in prizes are: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue of Charlotte, N.C.; Ghetto Rescue FFoundation of…
Vital Essentials has added Jeff White to its sales team. He will lead the development of the Vital Essentials brand for the Western U.S. region, focusing on pet specialty markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. White has extensive sales experience in…
Long Island Pet Professional (LIPP), a pet industry networking group based in Islip, N.Y., has become a national organization, rebranding itself as American Pet Professionals.The group debuted a new website,, for its members.  The website, which can be used by members and nonmembers, has user-friendly functionality, and members can…
AdVet Inc. has debuted a pet hygiene line that was formulated by veterinarians and groomers with natural and effective ingredients. The line includes Natural Cleanse Dog Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as Aloe Vera Waterless Shampoo Spray. The company’s shampoos and conditioners feature tea tree oil, rosemary, vitamin E and…

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Industry Calendar

January 9-11, 2015: The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Oaks, Pa.

Phone: (631) 423-0620


January 9-18, 2015: Pet Pro Cruise 2015

Southern Caribbean

Phone: (321) 368-6622


January 17-21, 2015: North American Veterinary Conference & Trade Show

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Orlando, Fla.

Phone: (800) 756-3446


January 23-25, 2015: 14th Annual World of Pets Expo

Maryland State Fairgrounds

Timonium, Md.

Phone: (800) 882-9894


January 26-29, 2015: PIDA Management Conference & 47th Annual Meeting

Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa

Bonita Springs, Fla.

Phone: (443) 640-1060


January 29-February 2, 2015: Groom Boat Cruise 2015

West Caribbean

Phone: (321) 368-6622


January 30-February 1, 2015: Lehigh Valley Pet Expo

Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex Halls

Allentown, Pa.

Phone: (631) 423-0620


February 6- 8, 2015: 15th Annual Super Pet Expo

N.J. Convention & Exposition Center

Edison, N.J.

Phone: (301) 564-4050


February 7- 8, 2015: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Arlington Convention Center

Arlington, Texas

Phone: (708) 932-8044


February 14-15, 2015: 3rd Annual World of Pets Expo

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Va.

Phone: (800) 882-9894


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