June 2016

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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.

Keeping Pets Safe and Contained

When it comes to pet pens, gates and crates, pet owners are looking for products that are secure, stylish and easy to use.

Telling Our Story with Finding Dory

With the release of the new movie Finding Dory, the pet industry has an opportunity to educate the public on fish keeping, environmental stewardship and the need to protect the aquarium hobby.

Re-making the Pet Bed

As going green becomes mainstream, reusing unwanted materials to create unique pet products allows manufacturers to become creative – and pet parents to sleep soundly.

A Full-Time Staff Brings Big-Time Benefits

Would you be better off with more full-time employees in your aisles?

The Shape of Success

With a wide assortment of healthy, natural treats and chews, Pet ’n Shape has been “Serving Happiness to People and Pets” for more than a decade.

Putting Politics Aside

The very real problem posed by substandard breeders and shelters will never be addressed effectively unless the pet industry and animal-welfare groups can come together for the good of the animals in question.

Shedding Light on Leashes & Collars

Len Horowitz, founder and CEO of 4 Paws Tech, discusses how his company is making dogs “beautiful by day and visible by night.”

Tie It Up with a Bow

Grooming accessories do more than adorn a beloved pet; they communicate a grooming salons’ appreciation for its customers.

Fine Feline Fare

The cat food market is bursting with a variety of flavors and formats perfect for pleasing an increasingly choosy customer base.

On the Cutting Edge of Nutrition

Sara Kuris-Morgan, founder and CEO of Frenchie’s Kitchen, discusses how her company’s human-grade, made-in-the-USA diets meet the demands of today’s discerning pet owners.

Evaluating the Aquatics Department

Pet specialty retailers need to consider a number of factors, including their livestock assortment and the quality of their employees, when assessing their aquatics department.

The Sizable Sulcata

The African spurred tortoise, or the sulcata, can make for a fantastic pet, in a colossal way, but pet owners need to be forewarned and forearmed with all the information they will need to care for these immense creatures.

Creating Demand

Any product can sell if it is marketed correctly.

The Right Stuff

Pet birds need the right foods, and in appropriate amounts suitable for their particular species, in order to thrive and stay healthy.

The Facts of Fiber

When evaluating foods for small pets, remember that the ideal level of fiber depends entirely on the animal’s dietary lifestyle.

A Fresh Spin on Retailing

Offering allergen-free foods and helping the community has been a winning formula for TailsSpin.
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