The Growing Appetite for Raw Pet Food

The Growing Appetite for Raw Pet Food

Raw fresh and frozen food for dogs and cats is a growing category, as humans want healthier nutrition for their pets. The benefits of feeding a pet a raw, balanced diets include weight control, better oral and digestive health and healthier skin and coat.

Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care

February is National Pet Dental Health Month – a good time to focus on helping pets stay healthy by maintaining their oral health.

Pet Food Follows Human Wellness Trend

Pet Food Follows Human Wellness Trend

Our dogs and cats are part of our families, and many of us enjoy pampering them as pet humanization flourishes. The development and sales of pet foods reflect this evolving trend. Today, many pet parents seek the same...
Toppers Are on the Rise

Toppers Are on the Rise

Meal toppers are ascending in the pet food category. Think of them like parmesan sprinkled on your spaghetti or granola mixed in your yogurt. These enhancers increase foods’ palatability with extra flavor and texture. Meal...
Supporting Vitality in Senior Pets

Supporting Vitality in Senior Pets

We love our furry friends and acknowledging that they are growing older is easy to push aside. But pet parents who meet the needs of senior pets with regular veterinary care and senior food, supplements and specialized...
Going Green with Cat Litter

Going Green with Cat Litter

There’s an emerging trend inside cat boxes. Environmentally friendly cat litter sales are increasing, as cat owners seek natural litter options that offer less mess, easy disposal, good fluid absorption and odor control....
Fish Food Primer

Fish Food Primer

Most pet specialty stores carry flake, granulated and pellet food for goldfish, bettas and tropical fish. By expanding fish food to include frozen food and specialized reef food and supplements, pet retailers can stand out...
New Pet Tips & Checklist

New Pet Tips & Checklist

A new pet brings a lot of changes to a home, whether a dog or cat is a well-researched family addition or a loving impulse at an adoption event. Here are a few tips and a new pet checklist that can help ease the transition...
Warm Up Sales with Cold Weather Gear

Warm Up Sales with Cold Weather Gear

Keeping pets happy and healthy during winter brings the opportunity for retailers to stock and sell cold weather gear. Winter pet products, such as beds, coats, sweater and boots, are expected to increase in popularity as...
Holiday Merchandising Success

Holiday Merchandising Success

Many Americans call their pets “fur babies.” It makes sense when you consider that there are more dogs (78 million) and cats (86 million) than children under 18 (74.2 million) in the country. Pets often are considered...
Treats Are Trending

Treats Are Trending

Treats are the number one impulse buy category in pet specialty. Whether meaty, crunchy, chews, dental or niche, treats are estimated to have the second highest sales growth (5%+) of any category except healthcare (8%,...
Get on Board with Freshwater Shrimp

Get on Board with Freshwater Shrimp

The bright colors and interesting behavior of ornamental shrimp are attracting hobbyists. As a hot trend in aquatics, keeping freshwater shrimp has spawned new products designed for these oddly shaped invertebrates and...
Pet Food Terminology Defined

Pet Food Terminology Defined

Independent pet retailers are seeing an increase in consumers shopping for “healthy” pet food, as they align their pets’ lifestyle with their own. You may find yourself frequently answering questions about natural pet food,...
Catch the Cat Craze

Catch the Cat Craze

Cats are beloved by their owners for their companionship and sometimes quirky behavior. As the most popular pet in the United States, 95.6 million domestic cats (versus 89.7 million dogs) are found in more than 47 million...
Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

  Hurricane Season runs through the end of November. Now is the time to prepare for a hurricane (or any emergency) that may threaten the survival of your pets. Creating an evacuation plan and preparing an emergency kit...