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A Renewed Passion

New leadership and a new distribution model have jumpstarted growth for The Company of Animals’ U.S. operations.

Toys with a Powerful Purpose

Mustafa Koliva, president of OoMaLoo, discusses how his company’s handmade toys enrich the lives of not only pets, but also women in need.

Industry Evolution

Pet industry veteran Mark Hirschberg, president of Multipet International, discusses the positive and negative impact of the rapid changes being experienced in the pet industry.

Meet the PIJAC Board

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s Board of Directors includes some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the pet industry, all focused on protecting the well-being of companion animals and the pet trade.

One for All

The World Pet Association’s Good Works program is designed to benefit the entire pet industry.

Still Naturally Appealing

Consumers continue to seek natural foods for their dogs and cats, and manufacturers are developing more offerings in response.

A Healthier Chew

As Millennial shoppers increasingly drive pet product trends, the market is seeing a wider variety of simple, all-natural dog chews.

Avoiding Troubled Waters

Water quality is a crucial aspect of maintaining an aquarium, and many hobbyists need a major assist from their local pet specialty retailers to get it right.

Controlling Customer Conduct

With a healthy dose of patience and good humor, pet retailers can curb disruptive customer behavior and protect their animal charges without ruffling any feathers.

Habitat Trends

Retailers who stay informed about all the products that are available in the habitats category and keep an eye on what small pet owners are seeking can maximize sales possibilities.

An Instant Connection

Licensed products offer pet retailers an opportunity to tap into the resonance that certain characters and brands have with shoppers.

Local Attraction

Gorge Dog has established itself as the place to go for dog-lovers in Hood River, Ore., whether they need a bag of food and a new collar or a keepsake T-shirt to take back to their hometown.

Outside the Box

Exotic proteins are making significant inroads in the food and treat markets, offering pet parents novel and nutritious alternatives to traditional meats.

Superfoods from the Sea

Grizzly Pet Products offers a range of high-quality, all-natural nutritional products for pets made from wild-caught, ocean-based ingredients.

Baked-In Goodness

Pet owners want baked and gourmet treats to be special snacks with clear nutritional benefits.

An Admirable Approach to Stopping Abuse

When handled correctly, animal-abuse registries can be an excellent tool for keeping pets out of the hands of those who would do them harm.

Educating the Educators

The Pet Care Trust’s Pets in the Classroom program is proving that classroom pets help kids learn.

Plush Gets Tough

Pet owners may have once hesitated to purchase plush toys for their dogs, but today there is no reason to hold back, as manufacturers of these toys have focused on adding strength to the fun.

A Movement with Momentum

The Made-in-the-USA trend continues to gain steam in the pet care market, where consumers equate domestic sourcing as a clear sign of product quality and safety.

Weathering the Storm

The continued availability of pets is under threat, posing a serious problem for all sectors of the industry. To secure their future, retailers, manufacturers and industry associations must come together to tell the public their side of the story.
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