The buzz on this show centered on tinctures, capsules, powders, chews and pet treats containing CBD oil being touted to help manage pain from arthritis, reduce separation anxiety, improve mobility and even bolster cognitive function in senior pets.
Here are some other products that are rising in popularity:
- Whimzees - This new dental chew contains no artificial colors and is free of the three G's: grain, gluten and GMO. It contains taurine and comes in various shapes and sizes to accommodate dogs of all sizes and has earned approval by veterinary dentists.
- Meowijuana - This company makes cat toys and treats made from 100-percent, naturally grown catnip in the United States. Don't let the name fool you - none of the products contain marijuana. A popular product is called "Get Smoked Refillable Fish" - a cat toy in the shape of a rainbow trout that is filled with organic cat nip.
- Sherpa Forma Frame Pet Carrier - This soft-sided pet carrier roomy for cats and small dogs up to 22 pounds is airline-approved and has passed independent crash tests, making it safe for use in vehicles.
- Bernie's Perfect Poop - If you are seeking a solution to help your dog pop out healthy poop, consider this digestive support supplement that contains prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes and other healthy fibers. The two-fold goal: dogs with healthy digestion and lawns with easy-to-pick-up poop.
- HoneyCure - This natural veterinary-approved wound care product contains natural manuka honey and organic tea tree oil. It is safe to use on cuts, scrapes, hot spots, ulcers, burns and other acute wounds on dogs and cats to naturally clean mild to moderate wounds.
- Hauspanther Scratch Pole - This adjustable cat scratcher with natural seagrass rope fits under any table or desk. It acts as a fifth leg just for the gotta-scratch-cat in your life. No-slip pads on the top and bottom keep this pole from sliding while protecting your furniture and floors.
- Petique 5-in-1 Pet Stroller - This lightweight pet stroller features breaks, stainless steel wheels, a large storage basket and cup holder tray. It easily and quickly folds up for storage.
At this year's Global Pet Expo, entrepreneurs vied for the Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize. Finalists included the creators of PlayDate, an in-home monitoring system inside a ball you can remotely control to get live video and audio feeds of what your pet is doing while you are away from home. Also in contention was Cat DNA, an easy way to genetically test your feline's health and genetic markers. And the winner? The innovation prize went to Guardian Vets, a business-to-business platform that acts as an after-hours triage service for veterinary clinics so clients (free of charge) can have access to their veterinary clinic even when it's closed.
By Sarah Zumhofe