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A Shirt to Repel Fleas and Ticks … and More Business-Boosting Products for January




Bug Off!

Fleas and ticks pose a health hazard not only to animals, but also to the humans who care for them. Groomers and other pet professionals, reduce your risk with this INSECT SHIELD top, which features the repellent permethrin bound tightly to fabric fibers. It comes in sizes S-3X, with the odorless repellent lasting 70 washes.


Sweet Treats

Your human customers deserve treats, too! Give sweets that also promote your store, with help from MY CUSTOM CANDY. The company will put your name/logo on candy hearts — perfect for Valentine’s Day — as well as on the packaging. Not to worry: The hearts do not contain xylitol, the dangerous-to-pets artificial sweetener.

Price varies by quantity and packaging

Crazy Ferret Lady

Dog and cat lovers can find fun T-shirts just about anywhere. Fans of other pets? Not so much. Stock these tees from ANIMALHEARTED and make their day! We love the ferret offerings, but the company also makes T-shirts for those who have birds, fish, reptiles and other small animals (and dogs and cats, too, of course) in their lives.

From $23.95


Create a Co-brand

Don’t have the time or money to launch your own line of dog toys? Partner with SODAPUP. The company can create custom labels, featuring your store’s name and logo, for many of its natural rubber toys and treat dispensers. Best of all? The customization doesn’t cost extra.

From $10.99

Stiffy Stabbies

From their slug sniffer to curlable posterior, hedgehogs are adorable. Illustrator SOPHIE CORRIGAN captures it all in her Anatomy of a Hedgehog line with Society6, an online retailer with a wholesaler program. The illustration adorns cups, notebooks, pillows, even clocks — any of which which will catch the eye of your hedgehog-loving customers.

$12.99 and up



NASC Media Spotlight

At first it was just an idea: Animal supplements needed the same quality control that human-grade supplements receive. But that was enough to start a movement and an organization —the National Animal Supplement Council — that would be dedicated to establishing a comprehensive path forward for the animal supplements industry. In this Media Spotlight interview, NASC’s president, Bill Bookout, talks to PETS+ interviewer Chloe DiVita about the industry today: Where it’s headed, what’s the latest focus and why it’s vital to gain the involvement of independent pet product retailers.

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