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New Research Studies to Dig Deeper into the Health Benefits of Companion Animals for Vulnerable Populations

HABRI funds 5 new grants.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON, DC – The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) announced funding for five new research projects focused on the positive effects of human-animal interaction on human health. These new studies will examine the influence of pet ownership, pet caretaking or animal-assisted therapy on a wide array of health conditions among a varied group of populations, including older adults, children with pediatric cancer, and suicidal adolescents.

“With human-animal interaction research more clearly documenting the impact of the human-animal bond on mental and physical health, it is important to support research on how companion animals can benefit vulnerable and at-risk populations,” said Bob Vetere, HABRI president and chair of the Board of Trustees. “This new group of research projects is particularly exciting as two of the studies will add to existing HABRI research results on the benefits of dog walking for physical activity and the impact of therapy animal visitation on the quality of life of pediatric cancer patients. Two studies will look at mental health and preventing suicide among teenagers, a population that is often overlooked.”

Out of a total of more than 40 proposals received, HABRI has funded the following five research projects:

  • Emmanuel Stamatakis, PhD (University of Sydney): Increasing Dog-walking in the Community: What is the Potential of Wearable Dog Trackers? The PAWalks Trial
  • Megan MacDonald, PhD and Monique Udell, PhD (Oregon State University): Joint Physical and Social Well-being for Adolescents and Their Family Dog
  • Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN (Vanderbilt University): Pilot Study of the Effects of Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) on Quality of Life in Children with Life-Threatening Conditions (LTC) and their Parents
  • Sandy Branson, PhD, MSN, RN (Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth): Pet Caretaking and Risk of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Older U.S. Adults Participating in a Nationwide Longitudinal Probability Cohort Study
  • Alexander Muela, PhD (University of Basque Country): Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy for Youth in Residential Care: Preventing Suicide
  • “As HABRI enters its sixth grant funding cycle, we look forward to supporting these important projects, which will help expand our knowledge of the many ways companion animals are essential to human health and wellness,” added Vetere.

Since HABRI’s founding in 2010, HABRI has funded 26 competitive research projects from institutions across the globe, and has supported the creation of the world’s most comprehensive online library of human-animal interaction research, bringing its research funding to more than $2.75 million.

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Show off Your Pet’s Tricks with the Vital Essentials Nationwide Contest

It runs through Jan. 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE)With the new year comes new goals and adventures. So, while you’re working on your personal goals, don’t forget about your four-legged family members. January is National Train Your Dog Month and an excellent opportunity to make a resolution to learn something new with your dog.

Vital Essentials is hosting its first ever “Train Your Dog” Contest on Instagram to help promote the importance of socialization and training for happier, healthier dogs. The contest runs Jan. 13-27. Two winners will be selected from photos posted on Instagram with #TricksforVETreats.

Pet parents can enter our “Train Your Dog” Contest in three easy steps:

  1. Teach your dog a new trick or help them perfect one they already know.
  2. Capture a photo or video of your dog showing off their trick.
  3. Post the photo or video on Instagram with #TricksforVETreats.

All entries will be featured in Vital Essentials Instagram highlights. Winners will be selected on Jan. 31 and will receive a prize pack that includes five Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Family Size Treats, an $80 value. These newest additions to the Vital Essentials lineup are great for multi-dog families or for sharing on your pup’s play dates.

“Our high value treats are ideally suited for training puppies, teaching new tricks or reinforcing positive behaviors,” commented Melissa Olson, VP marketing and sales. “Because our treats are made from single protein and freeze-dried, their nutritional value is much higher than other treats that are highly processed. Dogs eagerly follow commands to get their Vital Essentials reward!”

National Train Your Dog Month was established in 2010 and is designed to promote the importance and benefits of training dogs. Too many dogs are turned into animal shelters each year for behavior and training issues that could be easily solved with proper socialization and positive training. Most importantly, training your dog is not just beneficial, it’s FUN!

For more information and to see some great pet tricks, follow Vital Essentials on Instagram. Contest rules available at vitalessentialsraw.com/sweepstakes

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Oxyfresh Launching Cage Cleaner and New POP Display at Global

The company will be at booth 5970.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Oxyfresh will be exhibiting and showcasing its full line of premium pet dental health and grooming products at Global Pet Expo. The Oxyfresh booth 5970 will be launching its new point-of-purchase display featuring products from its dental line, as well as its new non-toxic Cage Cleaner.

Oxyfresh does not use harsh chemicals or additives that can be harmful to pets. Its groundbreaking, proprietary ingredient Oxygene is what sets the company’s products apart. It is unique because it gently and safely neutralizes the bacteria that causes pet bad breath and periodontal disease, helping pets live longer, happier lives.

The Oxyfresh booth will showcase some of its most popular and beneficial innovations. These include: Pet Dental Water Additive, Pet Ear Cleaner, Pet Shampoo, Pet Dental Gel Toothpaste, Pet Dental Breath Spray and Pet Deodorizer, to name a few. The recently launched Pet Dental Kit will also be displayed, which includes everything needed to help pets achieve a healthy mouth and fresh breath.

“Our Pet Dental line has had tremendous success over the years, which is why we are very excited to offer our new point-of-purchase display highlighting some of our most popular dental products at Global Pet Expo,” says Mariano Tellarini, president of Oxyfresh. “This new eye-catching, high-resolution POP display will help us to continue establishing brand awareness, increase revenue, and promote our innovative pet dental care creations.”

In addition, Oxyfresh is excited to officially launch its new Cage Cleaner at this year’s show. The Cage Cleaner is ideal for cleaning kennels and cages for small animals (birds, gerbils, mice, etc.) Like all products at Oxyfresh, Cage Cleaner is made in the USA, cruelty-free, non-toxic, safe, gentle, effective and won’t disrupt immune system.

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Europet Brings Unique Pet Products to US

The first two brands to be intoduced are Croci Spa from Italy and RelaxoPet from Germany.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Europet’s mission is to bring new European pet products to the U.S. market.

“We will be supplying “Europe’s best kept secrets” to American pet retailers across the country,” says Daniel Stopnicki, owner and founder of Europet, which is a subsidiary of My Family Canada.

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Stopnicki has been in the pet industry for nearly 40 years, specializing in market development for high quality European brands. Having been dedicated to the aquatics segment from the 1990s into the 2000s, he made the switch in 2016 when he introduced the revolutionary My Family Engraving system brand to both the USA and Canadian market place. As the owner of My Family Canada, he is the exclusive Canadian distribution partner for My Family.

Having solidified the My Family distribution network in the U.S., Stopnicki has transitioned out of the market development role with My Family USA. He is now able to focus on bringing his passion for high-end products and unique pet industry marketing expertise by providing access to the lucrative U.S. pet supply industry to a select number of European brands.

The first two brands that Europet will introduce are Croci Spa from Italy and RelaxoPet from Germany.

Europet is the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for Croci Spa, Pet Products from Italy. Croci was founded in Varese in the 1990 thanks to the entrepreneurial intuition of the Croci brothers. The company later gained success in Italy and abroad developing its own high-quality branded products.

Europet is also the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for RelaxoPet, a compact sound module that provides high-frequency vibrations for deep relaxation in dogs, cats, birds and even horses. Invented by Frank Bendix, the RelaxoPet pro Animal relaxation trainer can be used to relieve anxiety-related stress situations in most pets by influencingstress reaction in a subtle and hardly noticeable way — even preventively.

Europet will be exhibiting at the upcoming Global Pet Expo where it will have officially launch its new products.

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