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Animal Supply Company Acquires Wilson Pet Supply

Spring Awakening: 12 Pet Products to Usher in the Budding Season

A Home Run in Pet Care

Brad Cantwell, president of MidWest Homes for Pets, points out some of his company's latest pet product innovations.

Answering the Call

The supplements and remedies category offers pet specialty retailers effective tools to help customers who are increasingly searching for ways to keep their dogs happy and healthy.

Global Growth

The 2015 edition of Global Pet Expo was a record-breaking event, according to a number of key metrics.

The Inside Story

It is not enough to offer a shampoo that leaves behind a fresh fragrance and a clean coat; today's pet parents want products with ingredients they know and can trust.

Natural Defense

Fleas and ticks can cause loads of problems for unaware dog owners, but pet specialty retailers can provide a preventative assist through education and products that effectively neutralize these nasty pests.

The Right Direction

Pet store owners and managers can improve the performance of their business by clearly conveying their expectations to store employees.

Bowl Them Over

Understanding small animals' needs, as well as the various features and uses of the bowls and bottles used to give them food and water, is key to boosting sales in this category.

Petsport Welcomes President

All Boxed Up

Litter boxes are not what they used to be-and that is a good thing. Manufacturers are offering an array of new features and colors in the category.

Bad Bird Gone Good

Pet owners often have to be trained to not inadvertently reward and encourage bad behavior in pet birds.

Sojos Introduces Wild Dog Food

Back It with Facts

When retailers engage their local legislators and regulators, it is best that they do so armed with data about their businesses.

Lighting Up Sales

Selling lighting fixtures and bulbs presents a number of challenges, but with well-thought out strategies, retailers can make the most of this must-have category.

Pet Travel is Soaring

PetSafe Brand Donates $8,000 to Help 136 Dogs Seized from Tennessee Home

Mars Fish Care Debuts API Fish Diets

Paws PR Names Senior Director of Digital Strategy

PIDA Adds Shorter Training Courses to Pet Store Pro

Fromm Adds Entrees to Gold Line

NASC Partners with PetHealthLive for Consumer Info Websites

Links-It Displays Help Retailers Merchandise Pet ID Tag Connectors

Celebrating National Puppy Day

Zoomark Expects More New Companies Exhibiting at 2015 Show

Supplement Company Dr. Kruger's Revamps its Formulas and Offerings

Kriser's Receives Capital Investment from River Hollow Partners

American Dog Toys Launches Spunky Pup Brand

Bravo's Re-branding Extends to Website

Logic Products Expands BarkLogic Line

Snuggle Pet Products Becomes Smart Pet Love

Piddle Place Makes Commitment to Shelters to Help Pet Owners Train New Pets

11 Organizations Receive Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants

British Pet Food Maker Canagan Makes its U.S. Debut

Andis Teams Up with Matrix Partners

Dogswell Acquires Natural American Pet Products and Natural Life Pet Products

Planet Dog Gives Websites a Facelift

Distributor Announcements: March 2015

Treats from Emerald Pet Products Receive Packaging Makeover

Only in Orlando

Orlando, well known for its fun and attractions for visitors of all ages, will soon roll out a host of mega-sized thrills, exciting new restaurants and a whole lot more.

Look Who's Happy Adds Floor Display to Sales Kit for Retailers

Fresh to Home Freeze Dried Patties from Stewart by MiracleCorp

The View from the Top

Become a pack leader at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council's 2015 Top2Top Conference in April.

Imperial Cat Goes Country with Cat Scratchers and Toys

Premier Shampoo and Conditioner from EQyss

Shop 'Til You Bark

The pet boutique segment is thriving as pet owners continue to look for high-quality products for their four-legged friends.

Suggestive Selling 101

Pet specialty retailers can improve sales and service by teaching their associates the art of suggestive selling.

Evolution in Skin Care

Recent scientific research has ushered in a new era for maintaining skin health in dogs.

P.L.A.Y's Purr & Pounce Cat Tunnel and Leeloo Cat Scratcher

Jump-Starting Sales

Smart retailers constantly implement new programs, products and services to grow sales in their stores.

Natural Balance Offers Gluten-Free Food Option for Dogs and Cats

Honoring Retailer Excellence

Soggy Doggy Doormat and Slopmat in Charcoal Grey

Sealy Makes Eco-Friendly Bed

Loving Pets Amps Up Bowl Selection

Bark n Bag Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with New Carrier

Quaker Pet Group Expands goDog Offerings

Petmate Fetches More Chuckit! Toys

GfK Offers Analytic Tool for Understanding Pet Owners

American Veterinary Distributors Association Supports HABRI with Donation

Evanger's Honors 80th Anniversary with Revamped Packaging

ökocat Soft Step

Global Pet Expo New Products Showcase Winners Announced

Zuke's Skinny Bakes 5's

Gen7Pets' Roller-Carrier

Petsafe Downsizes indigo Fresh Floss Bones

Schooled in Fish

Lights, filtration, fish and more-all the latest in the aquatics category are on display in the Everything Aquatic section of the show floor.

National Animal Supplement Council Partners with PetHealthLive for Consumer Info Websites

Dexas Partners with Eastman Tritan to Develop Pet Travel Products

Purina Unveils Pro Plan Bright Mind Foods

Grizzly Aids Joints

Essiac and Tru-Pine Pet Supplements

The Metro Stripes Slow Feed Bowl from PetRageous

Tuggo Downsizes for Smaller Breeds

Caru Bite Sized Soft ‘n Tasty Treats

Piddle Place Makes Commitment to Help Pet Adopters Train Pets

Woof Gang Bakery to Open Five Corporate Stores

Loving Pets Love Treats

A Natural Fit

Retail buyers will find all of the products and information they need to tap into the growing natural products trend in The Natural Pet section of the Global Pet Expo show floor.

Barkworthies Gets a New Look

Flexi Classic Leashes

APPA's Professional Women's Network

The American Pet Product Association's (APPA) Professional Women's Network (PWN) continues to keep members informed and connected, reports Marian T. Thielsen, APPA's associate vice president of sales and marketing.

Don't Go Without a Road Map

Preparation and planning before you hit the trade show floor can be key to making the trip well worth the investment.

Elmira Pet Products Debuts Nutram Food in U.S.

Q&A: PIDA's Steve King

Steve King, president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association, discusses the impact of consolidation among the industry's distributors, the health of the supply chain and the launch of the Pet Industry Management Conference.

New Products Showcase Winners Announced

Creating New Pet Owners

The Pets in the Classroom grant program is beneficial not only to elementary and middle school students across North America, but to the pet industry as well.

Petmate Provides Nighttime Visibility with Collar and Leash Collections

An Industry United

PIJAC is tracking legislative trends impacting the pet industry, but it will take an industry-wide effort to convince legislators and others of the benefits of the pet trade.

British Pet Food Maker Canagan Makes U.S. Debut

WellPet Adds to Wellness CORE Line

Angels' Eyes Plus

Petsport Grows Eco-Friendly Toy Offerings

Rush Direct Enters Feeding and Watering Segment with Stellar Bowls Line

Aquatop's Heater with Digital Controller

Identifying the Next Generation of Pet Owners

The research shows that Hispanic Millennials are probably pet marketers' next best bet.

TropiClean Introduces Fresh Breath Drops

PetQuip Brings the British

Socially Savvy

Seven tips on how pet specialty retailers can build savvy social media strategies.

Seven Key Pet Trends

Among the many trends shaping the retail pet marketplace, there were several that proved particularly important in 2014.
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