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Long-Lasting Treats for All Types of Chewers

Long-lasting treats for all types of chewers.

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BIGGER THAN A TRAINING treat and longer lasting than a biscuit, dog chews can be handed over to reduce anxiety during a long night of thunderclaps or offered as a distraction when the grownups are trying to play. Next time you’re stocking up, take a break from stinky farm-to-shelf rawhide and look for a more refined approach to dog chews.

Rawhide Alternative

Many customers have lost their taste for traditional rawhide, turning to rawhide alternatives instead. Get your twisted ligaments and chewable hides from companies that use clean processing and steer clear of preservatives, grain, gluten and hormones — bonus if it’s from free-range animals like water buffalo. Some of these treats can be cut down to size, too, which reduces the choking hazards presented by traditional rawhide.

Tripe Twists
Redbarn Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: A single-ingredient beef tripe chew sourced from free-range cattle.

SALES TIP: Call it a clean-label treat, which means it’s free from artificial preservatives and chemicals.

redbarninc.com, (562) 495-7315

$2.49

TruKnox Lil’ Pete Knots
Innovate Pets

KEY FEATURES: Made with real chicken and natural herbs, these rawhide-free dog treats look and feel like real rawhide.

SALES TIP: Choose this chemical-free alternative to rawhide — dogs won’t know the difference.

innovatepets.com, (865) 408-7455

$9

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Wild Eats Cheek Chews
Hyper Pet

KEY FEATURES: Nutritious, easily digestible and long-lasting chews that break into small, bite-size pieces so dogs don’t have to swallow them whole.

SALES TIP: Chews with a wow factor: Water buffalo cheeks are a unique and chewable protein.

wildeats.org, (800) 456-5778

$6.99

Long-Lasting

All chews are marketed as long-lasting, so differentiate one from another by selling chews with a story. Talk about the traditional and natural methods created by the indigenous people of the Himalayas, or hype chews made by Mongolia’s premier pet food processor. Use human-grade food words, even if it means keeping a straight face when you say, “Your dog is going to love this artisanal lamb trachea.”

Dog Chews from The Himalayas
Platinum Pets

KEY FEATURES: Chews processed with natural yak and cow milk, then dried and smoked for several weeks.

SALES TIP: Talk up the traditional methods that these chews are drawn from.

platinumpetsusa.com, (360) 524-9780

$17.99

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Lamb Trachey Chewz
Clear Conscience Pet

KEY FEATURES: Crafted from artisanal roasted lamb trachea and infused with a dry rub of flax, carrots, tomato and spinach.

SALES TIP: These treats are juiced with omegas and phytonutrients, plus chondroitin, glucosamine and collagen.

clearconsciencepet.com, (239) 984-2705

$12.95

Herders Choice Chews
Ummp (Mongolian Chews)

KEY FEATURES: Made from a rare rawhide process that eliminates chemicals, opting instead for natural lactic acid.

SALES TIP: This special process is based on traditional methods by Mongolian yak herders.

mongolianchews.pet, (307) 655-7400

$3.95

Jerky

A hunk of jerky can keep a dog going for a while. For dog owners who need medium-size distractions or give treats to promote good saliva production, stock up on the jerky side of things. There are treats with a simple dehydration process, some with added probiotics and some that are a collage of foods with fruits and vegetable chunks visible in each jerky strip.

Healthy Balance Natural Dog Chews
Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: All-natural chews free of gluten and antibiotics, with added probiotics.

SALES TIP: These chews come in three interesting shapes: large strips, meatballs and kettle chips.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$6.99

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Chicken Jerky Strips
Nature Gnaws

KEY FEATURES: Oven baking builds flavor in this all-natural treat, made from free-range chicken breast.

SALES TIP: Select a size: The crispy strips can be doubled up or broken down to suit dogs of all sizes.

naturegnaws.com,(954) 998-2266

$29.99

Wag More Bark Less
Cloud Star

KEY FEATURES: High-protein jerky treats with added antioxidants from fresh apples, cranberries and sweet potato.

SALES TIP: These chews can be as much as 50 percent crude protein per serving.

cloudstar.com, (800) 361-9079

$15.99

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8 Bird Foods to Attract Multicultural Customers

Multicultural shoppers make big waves in the bird world.

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STOCK UP ON NATURAL bird food blends and treats labeled “Made in the USA,” data from a new report suggests. “Bird Products: U.S. Pet Market Trends and Opportunities” by market research firm Packaged Facts notes trends in bird nutrition are being set by influential Hispanic and Asian customers, who are far more likely to own birds for pets than other companion animals.

Crunch & Fun Parrot Treat

L’Avian Plus

KEY FEATURES: Pistachios, peanuts, raisins, pineapple and pine nuts — this specially formulated bar includes a complex mista of real fruit and nuts.

SALES TIP: First it’s a treat, then it’s a toy: Birds can munch the snack and then play with the rig inside.

lavianplus.com, (800) 543-3308

$23

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Bird Lover’s Blend

Brown’s

KEY FEATURES: Five pounds of nuts, berries and bugs in one colorful package.

SALES TIP: To bring in a backyard bird brigade, this blend attracts colorful songbirds throughout the year.

fmbrown.com, (800) 334-8816

$8.99

Nectar Pods

Exotic Nutrition

KEY FEATURES: A fruit-based jelly treat that comes in three different fruit flavors and with a boost of added calcium. Sell the specially designed Nectar Pods Holder as an easy add-on.

SALES TIP: For homes with multiple types of pets, these nectar pods work for birds, fruit-eating mammals and day geckos.

exoticnutrition.com, (757) 988-0301

$5.99

Sunburst Gourmet Blend

Higgins Premium

KEY FEATURES: This food and treat combo recently rolled out with fresh packaging and features mixed fruits, nuts and legumes fortified with plant-based DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

SALES TIP: It’s all about the optics — Sunburst colors are sourced from seeds, spices and vegetables rather than chemical colors.

higginspremium.com, (800) 878-2666

$12.49

Sizzle N’ Heat

D&D Commodities

KEY FEATURES: For outdoor feeders, this sizzling blend keeps squirrels out of the birds’ way.

SALES TIP: A classic product to introduce to the birdwatchers in your store.

wilddelight.com, (800) 543-3308

$18.99

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Organic Starter Crumbles

MannaPro

KEY FEATURES: Complete nutrition for young and growing birds developed without pesticides, medications or genetically modified ingredients.

SALES TIP: This blend of 19 percent protein and nutrients is an ideal start for young flocks of chicks.

mannapro.com, (800) 690-9908

$35

Parrot Food Pellets

Top’s Parrot Food

KEY FEATURES: These cold-pressed pellets keep natural nutrition intact and are naturally preserved with rosemary, rose hips, lemon and orange peel.

SALES TIP: Hype the ingredient label here: non-GMO, USDA organic certified and made in the USA.

topsparrotfood.com, (503) 286-1198

$5.26

Mealworms

Timberline

KEY FEATURES: Protein-packed mealworms are available in five sizes to fit the bill for birds that prefer a little wiggle in their meals.

SALES TIP: Timberline offers a strategic merchandising program for retailers to keep live food fresh and bring in repeat business.

timberlinefresh.com, (800) 423-2248

$1.99

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9 Items to Help Dogs Take on Mud Season

Use mud season to your advantage this year.

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“RASPUTITSA” IS THE WORD used in Eastern Europe, and in Alaska they call it “breakup”: It’s that soggy few weeks of late spring when low-riding Corgis and big-digging Malamutes always come home a muddy mess. This year, push rinse-free formulas for dogs that need regular spot checks and foaming cleansers for head-to-toe freshness.

Natural Shampoo Bar

Wondercide

KEY FEATURES: Freshly ground neem bark works as an exfoliant, getting dirty dogs extra clean and helping to alleviate common skin conditions.

SALES TIP: The bar lasts longer than liquids and prevents fumbling with shampoo bottles.

wondercide.com, (877) 896-7426

$2.49

Squeaky Clean Kit for Pets

Oxyfresh

KEY FEATURES: This cleansing combination pack includes a pH-balanced citrus shampoo and an alcohol-free solution to clean itchy, irritated ears.

SALES TIP: This all-in-one purchase covers dogs from head to tail.

oxyfresh.com, (800) 333-7374

$23.45

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Cape Towel

Tall Tails

KEY FEATURES: This towel has a collar with Velcro fastener plus two hand pockets for more control when drying.

SALES TIP: Super soaker — this terry fiber towel is 50 percent more absorbent than cotton.

talltailsdog.com, (937) 222-2132

$19.99

Oatmeal Honey Shampoo

Petology

KEY FEATURES: Ultra-fine colloidal oatmeal combines with honey extract to calm irritated skin while providing superior moisture, luster and shine.

SALES TIP: A long-lasting lather with long-lasting effects, and the creamy vanilla and honey keeps fur smelling good for days.

petology.net, (386) 672-1872

$14.99

Shed Control Shampoo

Pura Naturals Pet

KEY FEATURES: Sweet orange, coconut oil and omega-3 fatty acids moisturize and improve skin, and freshen coats.

SALES TIP: Reduce shedding, dander and allergens with this wash, and add on the sister Shed Control conditioner for shine.

puranaturalspet.com, (844) 698-4367

$15.99

2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Dr. Sniff

KEY FEATURES: A wash-and-go shampoo and conditioner naturally rinses unwanted odors and grime, leaving a subtle fragrance behind.

SALES TIP: The bottle has an easy pump top, and the two-in-1 formula means baths take half the time.

drsniff.com, (561) 901-5341

$7.49

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Oatmeal Waterless Foam Shampoo

John Paul Pet

KEY FEATURES: The special formula helps water grab the oil and dirt so they can be brushed out of the coat without rinsing.

SALES TIP: Sell it for senior pets struggling to get into the tub, and for spot cleaning dogs that love rolling in goose poop.

johnpaulpet.com, wholesalepet.com

$11.95

Flea and Tick Body Wash and Leave-In Treatment

Spina Organics

KEY FEATURES: Repel fleas and ticks with cedarwood and sandalwood in this organic shampoo and leave-in treatment combo.

SALES TIP: Straight A: anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antifungal.

spinaorganics.com, (310) 713-3223

$24 body wash; $16 leave-in

Conditioning Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Healers Petcare

KEY FEATURES: A highly concentrated formula using all-natural ingredients like tea tree oils and designed to help with a variety of skin conditions. It works for all animals.

SALES TIP: Great testimonials — this shampoo has been used throughout the veterinary market for years; now it’s in the retail space.

healerspetcare.com, (800) 924-7036

$12.99

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8 Toppers to Lure Cats and Dogs to Their Bowls

They are more than just a treat.

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PET OWNERS ARE COMING around to seeing food toppers as more than just a treat. For cats and dogs who are picky eaters or suffer from food allergies, toppers can provide an extra boost of nutrition and hydration, making them an important addition to the pet lover’s pantry.

Organic Bone Broth

Primalvore

KEY FEATURES: Only three ingredients: certified organic bone broth, collagen peptides (for joint health) and organic turmeric. Beef or chicken. 12-ounce pouches, sold in packs of two and six.

SALES TIP: For customers looking for more organic options, paired with clean ingredients.

primalvore.com, (800) 987-0544

$19.99 for 2

Tiki Cat Dash Tuna Flakes

Tiki Pets

KEY FEATURES: Only one ingredient: wild-caught bonito tuna. Naturally smoked and flaked for easy sprinkling over wet or dry food. 1.5-ounce bags, also available in mackerel flavor.

SALES TIP: Tuna is packed with protein (86 percent to be exact), satisfying kitty’s carnivorous nature.

tikipets.com, (866) 821-8562

$9.99

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Pour Overs

The Honest Kitchen

KEY FEATURES: Limited-ingredient wet toppers in three types: Bone Broth Stew, Pumpkin Stew and Superfood Stew, with three flavors in each grouping. 5.5-ounce TetraPak, sold in packs of three and 12.

SALES TIP: With nine slow-cooked flavors, there’s something for all palates.

thehonestkitchen.com, (866) 437-9729

$6.99 for 3

PureBites Mixers for Cats

Pure Treats

KEY FEATURES: Just the basics: pure meat, packed in water for extra hydration, to be served as a wet topper or meal mixer. Five chicken and seafood flavors. 1.76-ounce trays.

SALES TIP: Just one or two ingredients per variety, appealing to clean-eating enthusiasts.

purebites.com, (888) 388-7873

$1.79

Beef Bone Broth with Turmeric

Solid Gold

KEY FEATURES: Made from human-grade ingredients: beef bone broth, carrot, sweet potato, apple, sesame seed oil, turmeric. 8-ounce pouches. Serve as a topper or add to water.

SALES TIP: Super-spice turmeric is prized for anti-inflammatory properties, making this good for aging dogs.

solidgoldpet.com, (800) 364-4863

$3.99

Fetch Fuel Active

Presidio

KEY FEATURES: Blend of glucosamine, omega-rich oils, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote joint health and healthy skin and coat. 12.5-ounce pouches contain 25 servings. Part of a line of three formulas.

SALES TIP: Easy way for pet parents to sneak in some extra vitamins.

presidiopet.com, (888) 859-4280

$24.99

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SuperGravy

Clear Conscience Pet

KEY FEATURES: Just add water to the powdered mix. Barkinara red and Arfredo creamy white join the original brown. 4.5-ounce pouches come with a scoop to make 30 gravy servings.

SALES TIP: Hanging displays available, for squeezing more products into your food aisles.

clearconsciencepet.com, (239) 984-2705

$15.95

Smiling Dog Bone Broth

Herbsmith

KEY FEATURES: Bone Broth Kibble Seasonings contain only freeze-dried meat and bone broth, using USDA-certified sourced ingredients. Chicken (3.5-ounce) and beef (3.35-ounce).

SALES TIP: Serve wet or dry to appeal to picky pups. Cat approved, too.

herbsmithinc.com, (800) 624-6429

$9.49

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