We pamper them. We bring them where ever we go. We surprise them with something new on special occasions. They even get holiday presents. They are our pets! From high-end items to high-tech items, products for our companion animals now extend beyond traditional necessities. Some of the top product trends presented by The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA) are doggie shampoos, pet attire, brand name pet toys, homemade dog food and homemade dog treats; especially all natural dog treats and gourmet dog treats.
Going to the Dogs
More and more companies traditionally know for human products are going to the dogs. Big name companies including Paul Mitchell, Omaha Steaks, Origins, Harley Davidson and Old Navy are now offering lines of pet products.
With all of the pet food recalls many pet owners have turned to homemade dog food and homemade dog treats for their pups. While there are those people who are interested in dog recipes and cooking for their pets, a large population of pet owners simply do not have the time to do so. They want to give their pets a healthier alternative to the commercially produced dog foods and dog treats, and they are choosing to buy homemade pet products instead.
All natural dog treats have also become very popular over the last decade. It is true that some people think that all natural pet treats are too expensive. However, the benefits of feeding your pet all natural treats outweigh their cost, so there are also many owners who are choosing to feed their pets all natural pet products.
Pet Products Sold Here
Shopping for pet products is becoming easier than ever with an increasing variety of retail outlets now selling pet products. Right along side fertilizer and shovels, shoppers can now find pet products such as doggie doors and yellow lawn spot removers sold at many lawn and garden stores, nurseries, and major home improvement stores including Home Depot.
The Lap of Luxury
High-end items to spoil companion animals are must-haves for pet owners that spare no expense to please their furry best friends. Items such as faux mink coats for cold weather outings, feathered French day beds for afternoon naps, and botanical fragrances have become common for some posh pooches!
Special points of interest:
· 63% of US households own a pet, which equates to 71.1 Million Homes
· $41.2 Billion Spent on Pets in 2007
· An est. $43.4 Billion Will be Spent in 2008
· Pet Product Leader for 2007 was Pet Food: $16.2 Billion Spent on Pet Food and Treats!!!!