Archive for the ‘Products & Services for Cats & Dogs’ Category

Concern Over Pet Safety Causes Sales Growth For Natural Pet Products Market

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

cain-able.jpgConsumer concern over pet food safety, stemming from continuing pet food recalls, combined with an already high consumer interest in natural and organic products, will propel the market for natural pet products from $1.3 billion in 2007 to $2.5 billion by 2012, according to Natural, Organic and Eco-Friendly Pet Products in the U.S., a new report from Packaged Facts.

The report shows tracked sales of natural pet food through supermarkets, drugstores, and mass merchandisers surging in 2006, rising more than 200% to reach $29 million. Sales exploded during the first two quarters of 2007, however, nearly tripling to $82 million and further showing the impact of changing consumer perceptions in the wake of the recalls.

“The impact of the pet food recall may be felt for years to come, as consumers make product safety a top concern and marketers respond by placing appeals like product safety, reliability, and quality at the forefront,” notes Don Montuori, Vice President of Publishing. “Although pet specialty outlets are still the primary venue for natural and organic products, these products are rapidly infiltrating mass-market outlets, where growing demand represents big opportunities for natural and organic marketers.”

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CatStuffReviews.com’s Cat Product Reviews Highlights

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Cosmic Pet GrassHere are some highlights of cat product reviews on Catstuffreviews.com (Itchmo’s cat product review website) for this week:

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DogStuffReviews.com’s Dog Product Reviews Highlights

Monday, September 24th, 2007

HurleyHere are some highlights of dog product reviews on Dogstuffreviews.com (Itchmo’s dog product review website) for this week:

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Tokyo Oxygen Bar For Dogs Offers Pick-Me-Up

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Dog Oxygen Bar

Does your canine need an extra boost? Is she dragging her paws around the house? Perhaps they just need a breath of fresh air — or a burst of oxygen.

The Air Press, which has more than 20 oxygen bars across Japan, has opened its first oxygen bar specifically for dogs in Tokyo.

The dogs are placed in an air-tight cylinder and oxygen is pumped in the unit. A 30 minute oxygen treatment costs $18.

The owner of the dog oxygen bar said: “If you do not live in a city, you can let your dogs run around a huge place like in the highlands, freely. But in the Tokyo area, home space is very limited while dog walks are only occasional. So it will be very difficult for dogs to stay in good condition without this extra health support.”

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CatStuffReviews.com’s Cat Product Reviews Highlights

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Pet carrierHere are some highlights of cat product reviews on Catstuffreviews.com (Itchmo’s cat product review website) for this week:

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DogStuffReviews.com’s Dog Product Reviews Highlights

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Dog Saddle packHere are some highlights of dog product reviews on Dogstuffreviews.com (Itchmo’s dog product review website) for this week:

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Wal-Mart Reviewing Lab Results Of Lead, Toxins Found In Pet Toys

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

CatnipWal-Mart has announced that they are in the process of reviewing Expertox’s lab results of elevated levels of lead, chromium and cadmium being found in two China-made pet toys sold at Wal-Mart.

The company was sent a copy of Expertox’s lab results on Friday. On Monday, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman asked ConsumerAffairs.com for the UPC codes of the two products in question and more information about the chew toys.

Melissa O’Brien, part of Wal-Mart’s corporate communications division, wrote: “As soon as this detail is received we will involve our Compliance Safety group who can initiate testing among a sample with the independent labs we use that are government approved for product testing. We will follow up with our Compliance Safety group on this today and let you know our actions.”

ConsumerAffairs.com contacted the FDA regarding the lab’s results, but the FDA does not regulate toys for pets. The FDA spokeswoman said she was unaware of any governmental agency with regulatory power over pet toys.

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Lance Armstrong Foundation Claims Pet Collars Infringing On Trademark

Monday, September 17th, 2007

BarkstrongThe Lance Armstrong Foundation has filed a lawsuit against Animal Charity Collar Group and its owner Chris Ohman. The foundation is claiming that the animal organization’s pet collars with “BARKSTRONG” and “PURRSTRONG” infringe on Armstrong’s yellow “LIVESTRONG” bracelets.

The Oklahoma based group started selling its cat and dog collars in 2005. They operate a website, www.barkstrong.net, and sell collars through various pet retailers and veterinarians in the Tulsa area. The organization claims to give a portion of their proceeds to animal charities.

In the lawsuit, the Lance Armstrong Foundation said it: “is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges that defendants gave only a small fraction of their revenues to animal charities.”

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Progressive Insurance Introduces Pet Injury Coverage

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

ProgressiveMaybe your pet always loves hitting the open road and taking a joy ride. Or maybe your pet only rides in the car when you are taking him to the V-E-T. Do you sometimes wonder what would happen if you got into a car accident while your pet was riding with you? Will your insurance company cover your pet’s vet bills from the accident?

Progressive Group of Insurance Companies has announced that they are looking out for our four-legged family members. In most states, a Progressive policy with Collision coverage will now cover its customers’ cats and dogs.

“Progressive’s long history of product and service innovations proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks,” said Geoff Souser, product manager, Progressive. “Providing injury insurance for customers’ pets that they otherwise wouldn’t have is just one example of this.”

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CatStuffReviews.com’s Cat Product Reviews Highlights

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Paw Paw Cleaning Litter MatHere are some highlights of cat product reviews for this week on Catstuffreviews.com (Itchmo’s cat product review website):

DogStuffReviews.com’s Dog Product Reviews Highlights

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Petmate Indigo Dog HomeHere are some highlights of dog product reviews on Dogstuffreviews.com (Itchmo’s dog product review website) for this week:

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A Look At Mordecai Siegal, Author Of Dog Spelled Backwards

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Mordecai SiegalMordecai Siegal (pictured here with his dog, Danny) is a renowned pet writer. He was a pioneer in dog training books. His first book was Good Dog, Bad Dog, and since then, he has written 33 pet books. His most recent is Dog Spelled Backwards.

In comparison to when Siegal started out 37 years ago, America’s perception on pets has altered drastically. Pets are an integral part of our culture and our lives. We now have a spiritual and emotional relationship with our pets.

Dog Spelled Backwards compiles some of the best inspirational literature written about dogs, including works from Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Albert Schweitzer, and Rudyard Kipling.

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Animal Advocates Warn About Possible Problems With Microchipping Your Pet

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

MicrochippingAbout eight to ten million cats and dogs stray away from their homes each year. Many of these pets remain lost and are never found.

Because of these alarming statistics, pet owners are urged to properly identify their pets. And microchipping has become one of the more popular and important ways for pets to be identified and to ensure that your pet will be returned to you if he gets lost.

But the Humane Society and other animal advocate groups warn that microchipping is not always foolproof. They say that the chips cannot always be read.

When a stray pet comes to a shelter or a vet’s office, employees can scan the animal with a wand. If the pet is chipped, a code of letters and numbers show up that is tied to the owner’s contact information. The pet can then be returned to the owner.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says that is how it is supposed to work, but it always may not work that way. They say there are shortcomings to the microchipping process.

There are various brands of chips and they work on a variety of frequencies from 125 to 134.2 kilohertz. Each company makes its own scanners, and they can’t always read other scanners.

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Interview With Sittercity, A Pet Sitting And Babysitting Service

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Pets

Need a babysitter and a pet sitter? Or just need a pet sitter to look after your “baby”?

Sittercity is the nation’s largest database for babysitters, nannies, and pet sitters. You can also find tutors, elder companions, and house sitters. The service started in 2001 with babysitters, and just recently in May 2007, Sittercity expanded to include pet sitters.

There are currently over 150,000 pet sitters in their nationwide database. The pet sitters include people that pet sit but can also babysit or do other services as well, and professional pet sitters that have specialized animal training.

We spoke to Genevieve Thiers, the CEO of Sittercity, about their new expansion to include pet sitters. She said their company naturally expanded to include pet sitting because people are treating pets like children and are looking for someone that can look after their beloved pet.

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Pet Owners Socialize And Form Support Groups At Meetup.com

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Just a few of the Frenchies at our local meetup

Meetup.com has long been used for dating, political gatherings and book clubs. Now, pet owners all over the country have found a new use for this popular website – socializing and commiserating with other pet owners.

Let’s say you just adopted a Chihuahua puppy and you’ve never had this breed before. Your puppy is incredibly hard to housebreak and you’re at your breaking point. Your vet is tired of listening to your questions and the puppy classes you’ve tried are filled with huge, goofy labs. Your mother just thinks you’re completely crazy. Where do you turn for advice? Try turning to other Chihuahua owners that you meet on meetup.com.

For those of you not familiar with www.meetup.com, let me introduce you. Log onto the site and put in your city and dog breed or interest. Chances are high that there is an existing “meetup group” already started in your area. These owners of like-breeds get together occasionally to let their dogs play together while they discuss breed-specific issues.

You’ll also find groups of people with new puppies, deaf dogs, feral cats, and myriads of rescue groups. Think of it as a built-in support group for pet owners.

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