Category Archives: Pet Products

Global Pet Expo – A Few Favorite Things

“Global” is the annual pet expo where around 800 international vendors gather to spotlight their hot new products forglobal pet products pets to the trade. Held in Orlando Florida at a convention hall so big it would take days to really see what was on offer, Animal Cafe had an “in” – our friend and pet products expert Carol Bryant spent some time at Global so we picked her brain in this interview to get the lowdown on the show and also a paw full of products I think you’ll like!

Ketchup and mustard for dogs and cats was a very cleverly packaged eye-catcher, dispensing liquid vitamins for your pet pals. There’s also a great little gadget that lets you embed the dreaded, hopefully occasional pill your dog or cat needs into food that comes with it.

There’s news about a flexible bandage that even has a video to show you how to protect awkward areas. The bandage has no adhesive and the gauze is attached for ease of use.

A new offering from Kong for powerful chewers, and the last, a pre-biotic oral care agent that you add to a meal once a day to rid the dog of bacteria that causes bad breath. Carol swears that her dog Dexter looks like he’s had a whitening treatment=) And for the “a little bit weird” file, that same company has a product for humans! Maybe a way to save a little cash and still have whiter, brighter teeth?

Enjoy the podcast – drop by and say “hi” to Carol at her own blog, Fidose of Reality.

Dog Treats, Custom Recipes at Giggy Bites

Dog treats are found everywhere in boxes and bags at your local market, but with all the bad news on where ingredientsdog treats come from, lack of labeling, and the continued lack of government action in pulling chicken jerky made in China off the shelves to prevent more fatalities, we thought we would put a spotlight on some nice wholesome, nutritious “home” baked goods for dogs.

Giggy Bites, located in Pennsylvania, is a store with treats galore for all sizes of dog even for those with allergies. Carol Bryant talks about one of her favorite local places, one we can all check out through their website GiggyBites.

Enjoy the video:

Pet Dental Care: Ark Naturals Dental Chews

Pet dental care is still a hot topic, and while brushing teeth is the best method of preventing gum disease,pet dental chews  some might be more inclined to use Ark Naturals very convenient dental chews. It does not replace brushing, of  course, but it does help remove tartar build up and bacteria. If you do brush your dog’s teeth, these chews  can be used in-between brushings or when brushing isn’t practical.

For dogs who are, shall we say, steadfastly opposed to letting you in their mouths with a toothbrush or in the event your index finger could be imperiled and is needed for other pursuits, these chews are a great alternative!

Named one of the top pet products of 2011 by the Pet Business Industry, Ark Naturals dental chews are edible toothpaste that won’t upset the stomach and help reduce tooth decay and doggie breath. More on how this works in our video.


Do You Clean Your Pet’s Teeth?

pet dental healthBrushing your dog or cat’s teeth may not be high on your “to do” list, time being in such short supply, but believe me when you see what veterinarian dentists charge, you’ll run right out and get *something*, anything to start a prevention regimen.  A teeth cleaning for a small-medium dog is around $400 depending on where you live – and that’s before they find any bad or loose teeth.

There are products you can include in your new pet dental health plans.  Some are gels, some foam, others are water additives, and then there are sprays that change the chemistry of the pet’s mouth, which softens the tartar and washes it away.  The latter is what Carol Bryant and I talk about on today’s pet product review.

LEBA III has been double-blind tested (see it here) by the renowned Guelph University in Canada which rated effectiveness as “The animals receiving LEBA III showed a reduction of plaque, tartar and calculus. A reduction of gum inflammation was recorded and a general improvement of periodontal condition.” The product was administered twice a week. While we know under the gums will need attention at some point, according to the study and the company, this product can keep the need for dental anesthesia to a minimum in your pet’s life.  Take a look…

Pet Dental Health and Safety

Pet Dental Health Month reminds us that developing  the habit of attending to our pets dental hygiene at least three times per week, if not daily, is a great way to stave off gum disease and worse.  And surprise – it’s also National Responsible Pet Owner Month! Now who thought up that pairing  I wonder;)

The cost of dental care for pets, like all health care, has risen dramatically over the past  few years. Now more than ever practicing prevention should be on everyone’s mind.  In the video below, Carol Bryant and I talk about dental health care, alternatives to a toothbrush and canine toothpaste, review a product that has been around for nearly two decades, and cover some ingredients and treatments that shouldn’t be used. Enjoy!

Does Your Dog Love Squeaky Toys? Petsmart Exclusive!

Squeaky toys are often favorites in your dog’s world and it’s fun to watch their high delight in a new toy  – I guess that’s why so much is spent on toys, an average of $43 per year per household in a recent American Pet Products Association owner survey, and with 46.3 million dog loving households, you’re talking real money;)  Here’s one toy that won’t break the bank at $2.99 a Petsmart exclusive (when I looked the other day it was on sale).  Take a look at this:

Safety note: Always supervise your dog’s play.