Three of the best gadgets for pets

Humans love their gadget and they love their pets too so combining the two is a win-win situation for any retailer. Luckily for you, there's a host of top-notch products that your customers will go bananas for!

In our August issue, we've got a special on pet technology but for now, we wanted to tease you with these...and talking of which...

Pawbo Catch
PAWBO, part of the world-leading Acer portfolio, is set to make its debut at PATS later this year (24-25 September, Telford International Centre), showcasing its exciting new product innovations for the pet retail market. The Pawbo Catch is an innovative teaser toy that connects to an app allowing owners to interact with their cats while away from home.
More info: www.pawbo.com

 

Pawbo +
Investing heavily in the UK market, PATS will mark PAWBO’s first time exhibiting in the UK, bringing with it its exciting PAWBO Theme Parkconcept. The theme park currently includes the interactive Pawbo+ pet camera. If you've ever wondered what pets do all day, you'll soon find out.
More info:  www.pawbo.com

PitPat
Originally seen on Dragon's Den, the PitPat is a device that straps onto a collar and helps owners track how much exercise their pet is doing. It's a great bit of kit for anyone whose pet is a bit...well, podgy.
More info: www.pitpatpet.com

Read the full feature in the August issue, available at the end of July. To subscribe, click here.

 

 

 

Orijen Original Treats – Review

Reviewed by Nicki Manning, Dudley, Hattie and Gracie

With three dogs in my house, it can be hard to find something they can all agree on. But they love these treats!

I especially liked them as they are very soft and easy to break up. This is particularly good for sharing between all dogs. Gracie, our new pointer pup, especially loves these, and is happy to oblige with recall training, bounding toward me to sit for her tasty treat. She also has a sensitive tummy and these small portions are perfect.

 For those who are training young dogs, these treats are a really good idea – keep them in a pocket of a favourite
‘dog-walking coat’.

The treats are packed in a sturdy resealable pouch and one pack represents many, many treats. Great value.

The price initially appeared high, but on testing I believe they are really good value, and will definitely keep them in my dog training armoury. I will definitely be buying
them again.

 

 

Forthglade unveils two new product ranges at PATS

Forthglade, manufacturers of natural dog food, this week announced the launch of two new product ranges.  The original UK pioneers of natural wet food for dogs has unveiled its first ever dry dog food, as well as a selection of grain free functional dog treats.  With focus remaining on high quality ingredients and a ‘Junk Free Promise’, the new products further establish Forthglade as one of the leading brands of premium natural pet food.

Cold Pressed, natural dry dog food

The new Cold Pressed dry food for dogs is 100% natural and provides a complete nutritionally balanced meal for dogs aged from 2+months. The wholesome recipes are gently pressed for just a few seconds at low temperatures ensuring all the natural goodness of the ingredients is retained within the meals. As with all Forthglade recipes, the Cold Pressed range contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is hypo-allergenic. The meals include 30% duck or chicken, 5% liver and 5% white fish, as well as brown rice, vegetables, fruit, omega 3 oils, vitamins, minerals and botanicals.

Unlike many dry foods on the market, cold pressed is very easy for dogs to digest as it gently breaks down in a dog’s stomach without absorbing water, making it the most natural way to feed a dog a complete dry meal.

Forthglade’s Cold Pressed comes in two recipes – Duck with Brown Rice and Chicken with Brown Rice – and can be served as a complete dry meal or mixed with any of the Forthglade wet food ranges. Available to order from April 2017, the dry food comes in 6kg and 12kg bags with an RRP of £34.99 and £59.99 respectively.

Natural Functional Treats

Forthglade’s grain free hand-baked natural treats will be available in four varieties:  There will be a training treat with cheese, a salmon treat to support joints and bones, a turkey based treat for fresh breath and a calming treat containing chicken.  All 100% natural, grain free and free from nasties.

Available in 150 gram pouches in cases of seven, the heart-shaped treats will retail at £2.99 per pouch. The treats will be available from May 2017.

Lily's Kitchen serves up a Great British Breakfast

Thought it was only humans that enjoyed a big breakfast? You're wrong! Dogs love one too but only when it's made especially for them.

Lily’s Kitchen is launching its Great British Breakfast tin (400g), giving pet parents the opportunity to extend their special weekend breakfast to their four-legged family. With increasing numbers of owners sharing a meal time with their pet, occasion based recipes give parents the opportunity to give an exciting complete and balanced meal to their dog, safe in the knowledge that the natural ingredients are feeding their overall health.  Recent success of the Sunday Lunch tin (400g) showed a genuine appetite for recipes that are not only based on tasty human meals, such as Lamb Hotpot, but for recipes that help the whole family to enjoy a traditional meal time together. Breakfast is one of the nation’s favourite meal times and was a natural choice to add to the range alongside a top-seller Sunday Lunch. The Great British Breakfast recipe is a delicious combination of mouth-watering, breakfast ingredients including venison sausage meat (which is high in protein and one of the leanest meats), haricot beans (packed with natural fibre to support a healthy heart) ham and eggs, topped with parsley for digestive support and Lily’s Kitchen’s signature healthy herb blend.  The novel protein mix of venison sausage meat, ham and egg adds a further point of difference from the rest of the Lily’s Kitchen 400g tin range, encouraging existing shoppers to buy this recipe alongside their current repertoire while also attracting new customers into the brand.  Renowned for changing the way pets eat, Lily’s Kitchen continues to challenge the market’s biggest pet food companies by combining the brand’s approach to producing naturally nourishing pet food with innovations that provide a unique offering compared to existing products on the market. The new Great British Breakfast recipe, RRP £2.49, is available to order from 21st March 2017 and will be sold in independent pet shops and on the Lily’s Kitchen website (www.lilyskitchen.co.uk).    

Lily’s Kitchen is launching its Great British Breakfast tin (400g), giving pet parents the opportunity to extend their special weekend breakfast to their four-legged family.

With increasing numbers of owners sharing a meal time with their pet, occasion based recipes give parents the opportunity to give an exciting complete and balanced meal to their dog, safe in the knowledge that the natural ingredients are feeding their overall health.  Recent success of the Sunday Lunch tin (400g) showed a genuine appetite for recipes that are not only based on tasty human meals, such as Lamb Hotpot, but for recipes that help the whole family to enjoy a traditional meal time together. Breakfast is one of the nation’s favourite meal times and was a natural choice to add to the range alongside a top-seller Sunday Lunch.

The Great British Breakfast recipe is a delicious combination of mouth-watering, breakfast ingredients including venison sausage meat (which is high in protein and one of the leanest meats), haricot beans (packed with natural fibre to support a healthy heart) ham and eggs, topped with parsley for digestive support and Lily’s Kitchen’s signature healthy herb blend.  The novel protein mix of venison sausage meat, ham and egg adds a further point of difference from the rest of the Lily’s Kitchen 400g tin range, encouraging existing shoppers to buy this recipe alongside their current repertoire while also attracting new customers into the brand.

 Renowned for changing the way pets eat, Lily’s Kitchen continues to challenge the market’s biggest pet food companies by combining the brand’s approach to producing naturally nourishing pet food with innovations that provide a unique offering compared to existing products on the market.

The new Great British Breakfast recipe, RRP £2.49, is available to order from 21st March 2017 and will be sold in independent pet shops and on the Lily’s Kitchen website (www.lilyskitchen.co.uk).

 

 

Skinner's Petfoods launches new range

Suffolk based Skinner’s Petfoods have launched its ‘Life’ range. A premium range for all life stages, Life builds on Skinner’s extensive experience in developing the highest quality products for working dogs – something they’re now keen to share with pets, as explained by William Delamore, Skinner’s Marketing Director.
 
“Skinner’s Field & Trial range has been the number one working dog food for around 25 years and we’re well known throughout that sector because of our absolute passion for making sure we provide the dogs with the best possible nutrition. The main aim of our food has always been to produce happy, healthy dogs – and as Field & Trial is already doing that with working dogs we decided it was time to turn our attention to pets. With our proven track record we understand the importance of making sure all dogs have access to the best possible food and that is what our new Life range offers.”
 
Life has been carefully formulated with the help of vets and other experts in canine nutrition, to create healthy recipes featuring easily digestible chicken and is available in Puppy, Junior, Adult and Senior, with Sensitive available for those dogs needing a fully hypo allergenic option. The range is perfectly balanced with super premium ingredients – including optimum levels of all nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals – to form a highly palatable diet for all stages of a dog’s life.

The range will be available for wholesalers to stock from the end of January and launches in
 12.5kg (RRP from £24.99) and 2.5kg (RRP from £6.99) bag sizes. The 2.5kg bags are re-sealable, for added convenience and freshness.
 
For further information on this exciting range of new products from Skinner’s contact your Account Manager or Skinner’s direct on 01379 384247 Email: will@skinnerspetfoods.co.uk

Spring's new launches

The TRIXIE sprinkler system for terrariums is a real gain for any terrarium and serves several purposes at the same time. It sprays and irrigates the plants, ensures a constantly high humidity in the terrarium and provides drinking water on the plant leaves. The pump pressure of the Reptile Rain can be continuously adjusted and it can be set to everything from a fine mist to rain showers. By using a filter you can use water directly from the terrarium itself, thus creating a water cycle. A low voltage system provides the utmost safety when using Reptile Rain separately. More info: www.trixie.de

Ancol have added a light up lead attachment to their BE SAFE, BE SEEN night safety range. It gives great visibility making it perfect for staying safe on the dark winter nights! Easy to use with any collar and and trigger hook lead, the hi-vis lead attachment simply fits between the two and illuminates the dog. It charges via a USB connection and you can get up to four hours of flashing light from just a 30 minute charge. 
More info: www.ancol.co.uk

Lily’s Kitchen is expanding its range of complementary treats for dogs with the launch of three new additions to the Truly Naturals range. The three new additions will sit alongside Lily’s Kitchen’s already launched Little Liver Rewards and have now introduced, Mini Venison Sausages 60g with the benefit of resealable packaging to help them stay as fresh as possible, Crispy Pork Bites 22g made using the best pork rind and Crunchy Tripe Sticks 80g are generously sized pieces of pure beef tripe.
More info: www.lilyskitchen.co.uk

The latest addition to the popular Drinkwell Pet Fountain range from PetSafe Brand has been unveiled and is set to prove extremely popular with consumers seeking the latest solution for pets who aren’t taking in enough water. Dogs and cats require 70ml of water per kg of body weight every day – the equivalent of more than a 2 litre carton of milk every day for an average large adult dog. The new Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain by PetSafe Brand is designed to encourage pets to drink more by providing a continuous circulation of fresh, filtered water. Holding up to 3 litres of water, more than the daily requirement for a large adult dog, it typically only needs to be filled up once a day, and boasts special features including carbon and foam filters. More info: www.petsafe.net/UK.

The right food for allergy-prone pets

Scratching an itch? A better diet could help

Scratching an itch? A better diet could help

Human dietary requirements are complex, as too are food allergies. The same can be said for pets with both dogs and cats being affected.

And it’s estimated that 10% of all allergies in dogs are relating to food.

Allergies and intolerances are different things – one causing itching and the other, the inability to keep food down resulting in diarrhoea or vomiting. This can be an extremely anxious period for pet owners while they try and ascertain the cause.

While elimination diets have become commonplace, many owners find great benefits from feeding foods targeted specifically to the problem – be this dry skin or excessive ear infections. But it is vital to recommend the right foods. On the next page, you’ll find some products to help your customers get the best products to suit sensitive-tummied terriers and allergy-prone poodles.

For up to date factsheets about pet nutrition and food ingredients, visit: http://www.pfma.org.uk/

Customer quote:

Sara Mason

Benyfit Natural – Meat Feast

Benyfit Natural – Meat Feast

A recent convert to Benyfit Natural, Sara Mason whose dog Harry suffered from yeast intolerance and was cured completely by switching to the Meat Feast recipe said, “I was beside myself with worry to see Harry with such sore skin from excessive scratching. Nothing I tried seemed to cure the problem until I found out about Benyfit Natural’s Meat Feast. I am very happy with the food Harry is now on, he is full of life and it's been a great help with his skin. “

 

Expert quote:

Dave Latham, the England Retriever Team Captain and his wife Stefanie who is also an international gundog competitor.

“We have been breeding and training Labradors for over 25 years and no food we have ever fed has given us so much benefit for our dogs than Sneyd's Elite Fish & Potato. It is fantastic for bringing up young dogs , even the ones with the most sensitive stomachs can deal with Fish & Potato like no other food we had so far. They have shiny coats, firm stools and lots of our customers and breeder colleagues are feeding their kennel now on Fish & Potato and have had the same experience we did.”