The Pet Supplies Blog: February 2008
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Friday, February 29, 2008  

Want to be a Pet Groomer, Pet Sitter or Dog Trainer?- CLICK HERE!

The Pet Industry is Exploding as the US Population Ages.

It's true and the numbers are IN to prove it. Why is the Pet Retail and Service vertical expanding so much? It all leads back to the Baby Boomers and the trends that their "aging" have established. But how long is the trend going to go on? When will pet ownership and extravagant spending on furry friends plateau?

Not soon if PIDA, APPMA and Backer can have anything to do with it.

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, the Pet Industry Distributors Association, and H.H. Backer Associates Inc. are teaming up to expand the nationwide Pets Add Life public service announcement program, delivering a common message about the benefits of pet ownership as well as the responsibilities of owning a pet.

Maybe you have seen one of the TV commercials?

Entrepreneur has also jumped on the band wagon with a great book on starting a pet business - it covers:
  • Getting funding (if necessary)

  • Finding suppliers and products

  • Equipping your business - whether it be a Dog Sitting business or Pet Spa

  • Attracting—and keeping—customers

  • Pricing competitively for your locality

  • Taking your business online - getting exposure for your pet business

  • Keeping records

Some other good resources:


Monday, February 25, 2008  

Cat supplements and Vitamins are Gaining Popularity- CLICK HERE!

From Kittyvite Senior to Cat Meal Replacement Products - the popularity of Cat Supplements is growing by leaps and bounds.

Before 2K came, supplements for cats could be found on the shelves of a few stores but they were largely unknown in the pet industry - and not prescribed by many Veterinarians. It stands to reason that many owners - concerned with thier own health - follow suit with thier cats. The trend started with dog supplements - but quickly moved to cat owners.

The newly found interest in vitamin supplements and healthy or holistic products can probably be attributed to three things:

  • Recent pet food recalls

  • A desire for more holistic alternatives for both humans and pets

  • Rising costs of veterinary care with an emphasis on preventative care

There are many supplements available that solve specific health problems for cats -- everything from hairballs to over active kittens to anxiety.

Cats are famous for having urinary tract infections and hairballs - pet manufacturers have addressed these health problems by offering treats, vitamins and supplements formulated specifically to address these feline issues. A few of our favorites:

  • HomeoPet Cat and Kitten Digestive Upsets A homeopathic formula that provides relief for cats that throw up 20 minutes after eating. Vomiting or diarrhea are quickly relieved.

  • UTI Paste for Cats Urinary Tract Health A popular supplement by Mark & Chappell that provides a source of dl-Methionine and natural cranberry extracts. This unique formulation acts as an aid in the management and maintenance of urinary tract health for your cat.

Education opens the door to possibilities for cat owners who are trying to prevent or treat a chronic problem in their cats and it seems that the pet manufacturer industry is finally stepping up to meet the prior educational lapse.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008  

Feng Shui for Pets - Your Pet Living in Harmony with your Home- CLICK HERE!

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement. It is enjoying a revival not only in China but in the USA as well.

According to Feng Shui, cosmic breath or ch'i energy permeates the atmosphere, the earth and all living things. Feng Shui experts seek to channel and enhance environmental energy or ch'i to improve human and animal energy and thus increase pet happiness, your wealth and prosperity. Feng Shui offers a method of integrating our personal humanistic energy so it flows in synchronicity with the entire energy flow of the universe. In this way we move gracefully and live in harmony with universal energies rather than opposing them.

According to Feng Shui, the energy of our home greatly affects our general well being and thus our pet's well being. Great pains are taken with interior and exterior design as well as furniture and object placement in a home designed by a Feng Shui Consultant so that everything works in harmony with the cosmic force or energy for the highest benefit possible. Most individuals who employ the art of Feng Shui report positive changes.

Serenity Health has developed Pet Beds that focus on the well being of your cat or dog.

Besides increased happiness, wealth and prosperity, they have also reported such things as improved health, more harmonious relationships and a general feeling of well being.

In nature, all things are in harmony. Animals living in nature live harmoniously with the energies that surround them. When animals spend most or all of their time in artificial indoor environments, they are at the mercy of the inharmonious energies that might be present in the environment.

Tea Tree Oil (formerly Melaleuca Oil) - is a natural antiseptic that stimulates the immune system. Effective for bacterial and fungal infections. 4 oz. Richards Organics Product.

Energies can greatly affect our cat, dog or other pet's health and emotional well being. You may have taken great pains to create a harmonious and esthetically beautiful atmosphere in your house without considering that, for your pet companion, things may not be inline
with Feng Shui. This can be better understood by taking a look at indoor life from the perspective of your cat, dog or other small animal. Get down at their eye level (or in the case of your bird .. get behind the cage) and take a look around. Often the area closest to the floor is the most neglected from a housekeeping standpoint, being the most untidy. It is all a matter of perspective.

What you experience and what your cat, dog or rabbit experiences can be quite different, indeed!

Cats, in particular, are extremely sensitive to the energies given off by different objects and the energies generated by different configurations of objects.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008  

Holistic Pet Health: Pet Diseases and Natural Cures- CLICK HERE!

Beware - strong opinions will be exposed in this article. I am an believer of natural remedies both for myself and my pets.

Contradictory to my opinions, modern veterinarian medicine feels, in most cases, that the elimination of the symptom that your pet may have is the same as elimination of the disease that may be hurting him or her. In allopathic medicine (the type of veterinarian medicine that we are used to) - a symptom is usually thought of as the dog or cat's real disease and the goal is to hold back, decrease or eliminate this symptom in your beloved pet.

This is often done without addressing the underlying cause of your pet's pain. Bringing this to the human level, let's say that your tooth hurts and the dentist injects a local anesthetic. The pain goes away but that does not mean the problem is gone! If we use pet medications to suppress these symptoms in our pets then the vital force tries to create new symptoms to compensate for the pet's imbalance that is still there.

If the vital force is strong, then the original symptom your pet may be suffering from may return. Otherwise, it may be unable to express on the same level and create a symptom in your dog, cat or other pet that is more interior and could be much worse per Herring's Law.

HomeoPet products by Tomlyn can eliminate problems with your pet naturally. Many of Synergy Labs Pet Products (Richard Organics) are effective also.

Featured above (picture) is Nature Remedies Pet Alive: Performance Plus

Performance Plus contains a specially selected combination of herbs known to improve physical and mental performance in pets, including show animals as well as pets in training classes.
This winning formula also helps to promote brain health and functioning in elderly pets.
The herbal ingredients chosen are known for their ability to support healthy memory functioning, concentration and mental alertness.

It also promotes adrenal health to support the body’s natural ability to endure and remain consistent in all demanding situations.

Especially aimed at pets that participate in shows and competitions as well as those undergoing training classes, Performance Plus helps to give cats and dogs the competitive edge.
Performance Plus is also highly recommended for mature pets to help promote brain health and assist with routine age-related forgetfulness.


Friday, February 15, 2008  

Greenies dog treats - The Debate is over / Lawsuit Settled- CLICK HERE!

The Greenies lawsuit was settled late last year and the new Greenies are proving to be more popular, nutritious and safer than ever.

The company never really admitted to a problem and they repeatedly said Greenies were safe when used as directed. The big argument was that consumers needed to buy the correct size of treat and make sure that the dog adequately chewed it and didn't gulp it down. Seems obvious? But sometimes it's hard to keep an eye on your dog the entire time he is enjoying his or her treats.

Still, the company changed the packaging of Greenies to make its warnings more visible. Most importantly, they came out with a new formula late last year that is more digestible and designed to break down into smaller pieces during chewing.

I have to admit, I always thought that this lawsuit was similar to the "My coffee was too hot at McDonald's thing". Hopefully this very opinionated comment won't get too many RUFF comments.

According to the company: Greenies®dental chews are based on scientific data on biometrics, which analyzed canines unique physiology such as tooth position, skull shape, weight and bite force.

Traditionally, pet chews are designed strictly based on size and weight of a dog, but the biometric research shows that texture and shape of a dental chew are as important as size when it comes to the way dogs chew.

That’s why Greenies® dental chews come in five sizes from “Teenie” to “Jumbo” that fit any dog’s needs perfectly.

Jumbo for dogs over 100 pounds
Large for dogs between 50 and 100 pounds
Regular for dogs between 25 and 50 pounds
Petite for dogs between 15 and 25 pounds
Teenie for dogs between 5 and 15 pounds

Here you go: Buy $75 worth of Greenies at and use coupon code: michbiz to save $5.00

Go Green, Go White and Go Greenies!


Tuesday, February 12, 2008  

Pet Store Pro™ to Launch at Global Pet Expo- CLICK HERE!

Web-based employee training for pet retailers:
Animal care fundamentals
Selling strategies and merchandising techniques
Brand-neutral content
Convenient, easy and fun to use on- and off-line

Free to qualified retailers Brought to you by your distributor partners and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA).

Visit us at Global Pet Expo at Booth 2515 Feb. 14-16, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center

Created by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), Pet Store Pro provides busy retailers with an effective tool to ensure that employees receive consistent information about animal care and pet products and learn basic business skills to interact with customers with confidence and success. The program will be available free to qualified retailers at

The modular format covers a variety of topics of importance to pet and pet product retailers and their employees, including selling skills and customer service, merchandising techniques, and pet care and maintenance in seven core categories: dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals, fresh water fish, and salt water fish. Content is brand-neutral so it applies to the wide array of pet product lines at individual stores.

Used as a stand-alone or as part of an existing training program, Pet Store Pro is designed to be convenient, easy, and fun to use. It can be accessed 24/7 from any computer with an Internet connection, allowing retailers the flexibility to assign study at the store during downtime or after hours, or at home. Test scores are e-mailed to the student and manager, providing rapid feedback and accountability.

Study guides and chapter tests also can be printed for offline use.
Pet Store Pro was developed by the distributor members of PIDA to address the need for structured training resources by their independent retailer customers.

For more information, visit PIDA Booth Number 2515 at Global Pet Expo, call 1-443-640-1060

Monday, February 11, 2008  

Free Marketing for your Pet Business- CLICK HERE!

Inbound links are one of the critical success factors for any web site and your new pet business website is no different. Whether you as a multi-million dollar online pet retailer -or a pet sitter with 10 clients - you can increase your business on the Internet by getting more inbound links to your website. This holds true for Pet Businesses and otherwise.

But how do you convince people to link to you? This is the difficult part. To start with, get your business listed in industry specific portals like Petazon. Petazon offers any pet-related business to list their website in our directory and link to their website.

(By the way, if you are located in Michigan - please submit your website to Michigan
Business Directory
for free)

If you are a online retailer that offers free shipping - you can submit your website to The FREE Shipping Directory

In search engine optimization, "off page" factors have become more and more important as they relate to search engine rankings. In particular, solid quality link popularity from pet
related websites can literally make or break a site with the search engines.

What is "link popularity"? In very simple terms, link popularity refers to the number and quality of the incoming links that point to your site. They are quality links if they come from legitimate websites that are related to your website.

Another way to build links is to submit a press release about your Pet Business. Petazon offers a free pet business Press Release syndication service.

Petazon offers a free listing for:

  • Pet Retailers

  • Equine Retailers

  • Pet groomers and horse groomers

  • Pond Supply companies

  • Wild bird and wild life companies

  • Companies that support the pet industry

  • ....and many more!


Thursday, February 7, 2008  

Let's Take a Walk -- Safely- CLICK HERE!

There are so many reasons to walk your dog. The main reason is that it will strengthen the bond between you and your pet. My dogs can hardly contain themselves when they see the leash coming out. People say it is easier to exercise with a buddy. Well, I have 2 buddies who go with me every evening. They listen to me and don't judge me.

Of course, it is healthy for both you and your pet to take regular walks. Working helps control weight and maintain muscles. Even if your pet plays outside all day in your yard, he will benefit from a regular walk. As pets age, their metabolism slows down and they needs walks to keep their weight down and to keep them agile.

If you walk at night, you must make your pet safe. Ethical Dog has a great new product line - the Spotbrites Glo-Brite LED Safety Dog Collar and Leash. The is available in a collar or leash and each have super bright, long lasting LED lights that flashes bright red, white and blue lights. The lights are visible up to 1/2 mile away. What a great way to warn passing motorists that youand pet are there. Use both the leash and collar for added safety.

Another product that I like is the Dog Mesh Reflective Harness Vest. This is a reflective harness that looks like a vest. The reflective harness comes with a matching 5 ft. reflective lead. It is a cute, but more importantly effective product.

Oh yeah, since I have 2 dogs, one 15 pounds and one 55 pounds, I use the Double-Dog Coupler.
It is perfect to walk the 2 same size or 2 different size dogs (like I do). You use your existing leash and just hook it onto the coupler. This product will keep 2 dogs safer by keeping them closer to you. I have seen my neighbors struggle with 2 leashes and dogs going in every direction (entertaining, but not safe).
Remember, your dogs are more than just your pets, they are a part of your family.KEEP THEM SAFE!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008  

Thermo-Kitty Hut - It's Hot in the World of Cats- CLICK HERE!

The new Thermo-Kitty Hut by K and H is the hottest on the market - and no pun intended there. It is targetted to the cat that is a bit on the spoiled side. It includes a dual thermostat 4-watt heating unit that warms the surface of the bed to a cat pleasant 102 degrees when in use. It's hot looking and keeps your cat warm.
ie... Paris --- Get a Cat!

The flexible hood allows you to position it up or down, curved or straight -depending on the mood of your discerning feline. The Thermo-Kitty Hut is 18 inches in diameter and is available in 2 colors - Sage and Mocha (what did you expect ... Green and tan?. Only use this product indoors .. but of course you wouldn't want your pampered cat to go out doors anyway. It is UL listed.

The UL stands for "Underwriters Laboratory". It used to be an Insurance Industry organization, but now it is independent and non-profit. It tests electrical components and equipment for potential hazards. When something is UL-listed, that means that the UL has tested the device, and it meets their requirements for safety - ie: fire or shock hazard.

Here you go, use coupon code: thermo2 and save $3.00 instantly on the THERMO KITTY HUT at GregRobert Pet Store. Keep this one secret.. only our blog readers.
This coupon will work on the K&H Thermo-Kitty Hut Mocha and the K&H Thermo-Kitty Hut Sage.

My sister bought the Kitty hut (I don't have a cat ..just a dog) and she felt that it worked perfectly BUT the sage green was a little lighter than she had expected when she ordered it. Other than that, she loved it, the cat loved it and stayed off the couches more.

To lure KILLER into the hut the first time (yes... my sister's cat is named killer), she sprinkled a bit of catnip in there. Now you can't get the cat out of the heated hut!
Cats that are too pampered will love the new K and H hut. And YOU.. the cat owner is going to love the up to date stylin'



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