The ability to offer a unique and innovative mix of products has always been a key competitive strength of pet stores. But as increased competition from online outlets and other retail channels have raised the stakes for these often relatively small retail operations, it has become more important than ever for pet store owners and operators to identify the latest and greatest merchandise to hit the market.
With this in mind,Â Pet BusinessÂ uses its annual Industry RecognitionÂ Awards as a platform to honor standout products across a variety of pet care categories. To find our award winners, the editors ofÂ Pet BusinessÂ search through the hundreds of vendor press releases we receive each year, as well as the aisles of the industryâs major trade shows and even local pet store shelves to find the most exciting and functional products that the industry has to offer. Of course, with so much innovation coming out of the industry every year, this is never a simple task. However, the field has been narrowed, and without further ado, the winners of the 2018Â Pet BusinessÂ Industry Recognition Awards areâŚ
Eddie Bauer Collection
Eddie Bauer PET dog apparel fromÂ PetRageousÂ Designs includes the Snowfield Performance Vest. This medium-weight, water repellent vest has a chevron-quilted pattern and includes a useful zippered pocket and reflective safety stitching on its black binding. This garment is just one of several styles that entirely captures innovation, function and fashion.
LavasoxÂ Heatproof Urban Booties fromÂ SaltsoxÂ features a radiant heat barrier in the sole to protect paws from high surface temperatures while maintaining the thin-sole design thatÂ SaltsoxÂ pioneered. A highly ventilated upper allows air to circulate, and a high-tech rubber sole provides abrasion resistance and secure footing.
Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.)
California Dreaming Memory Foam Bed Collection
The California Dreaming Memory Foam Bed Collection from P.L.A.Y.Â is ideal for large or senior dogs that need extra support for their joints. Each bed has a high-density memory foam center cushion covered with a soft, yet durable microfiber fabric. All are filled with the companyâs eco-friendlyÂ PlanetFillÂ stuffing.
Club Lux Pet Bed
Sauderâs Club Lux Pet BedÂ is designed with the same materials and features used in the companyâs seating products. This comfortable and ultra-chic bed is made withÂ DuraPlushÂ vinyl and a thick, 4-in. cushion, and features decorative upholstery tacks and a high-side design.
TheÂ BrodieÂ BowlÂ places a pet in an upright, ergonomic feeding position using a unique step-up design. Featuring a tilted bowl platform and adjustable height and size options,
this raised pet bowl helps promote pet digestive health.
DrinkwellÂ 2 Gallon Pet Fountain
PetSafeâsÂ DrinkwellÂ 2 Gallon Pet Fountain is an automatic, quiet water fountain. The easy-to-clean product has a large capacity and encourages pets to drink more. It features dual filtration to remove bad tastes and odors, constant circulation and an adjustable water flow.
KingÂ KalmÂ CBD Line
KingÂ KalmÂ CBDÂ from KingÂ KanineÂ is made with high-qualityÂ phytocannabinoid-richÂ (PCR) broad-spectrum oil suspended in the highly beneficial omega-3 rich krill oil.Â Available in 75-, 150- and 300-mg formulas, it is great not only for reducing anxiety and stress, but also promoting overall wellness in dogs.
Grizzly Pet Products
Grizzly Calming Aid
Grizzly Calming Aid from Grizzly Pet Products containsÂ PCRÂ Hemp Oil combined with krill oil for superior absorption. It does not contain THC. Grizzly Calming Aid has veterinarian-established dosages for efficiency and safety, is long-lasting for any dog or cat, and isÂ NASCÂ compliant.
Commuter Pet Carrier + Car Seat
TheÂ Gen7Â Commuter Pet Carrier + Car Seat is easy to transfer in and out of the vehicle and uses the seat belt latch and shoulder strap to be safely secured in place. Suitable for pets up to 20 lbs., it features an easy-to-clean, machine-washable comfort pad.
Tasmanâs Natural Pet
Chicken On-Hide Bison Rawhide
Tasmanâs Natural PetÂ Chicken On-Hide Bison Rawhide Rolls & Twisters Premium Dog Chews are based off of the brandâs Bison Rawhides and flavored with natural U.S.-sourced chicken. Three rolls and two twister sizes are available in stand-up pouches.
BarkworthiesÂ Variety Packs
TheÂ BarkworthiesÂ Variety PacksÂ contain products that vary in chew durations and textures to ensure every dog is satisfied while supporting positive dental health with active chewing. Available in Large Dog, Medium Dog, Small Dog and Puppy sizes, each pack contains a variety of appropriately sized, premium, all-natural chews.Â Â
Bacon in a Blanket
The Bacon in a Blanket retriever roll from Wholesome HideÂ is a safe and satisfying chew for dogs. Itâs made from a roll of USA-sourced smoked pork hide and wrapped with fresh beef hide. This treat comes in a 9-10-in. variety and a 4-5-in. version for smaller dogs.
The âNO-CHOKEâ Control/Slip Lead from Groomers HelperÂ prevents the âchokingâ of pets by using the same proven principals of the companyâs patented Grooming Loop. It features an emergency quick-release buckle as an added safety feature and even has different use options for both brachycephalic and older âtrachâ dogs.
Up Country Ribbon Collars
Up CountryÂ offers more than 100 collar designs, including seasonal and holiday patterns in a variety of sizes. The ribbon collars are made from high-tensile strength nylon webbing with sewn-on stain and fray resistant polyester/nylon ribbons. All hardware is cast, not welded brass, for extra strength and it is made in the USA.
Signature Padded Collar, Harness & Leash CollectionÂ
TheÂ PetfaceÂ Signature Padded Collar, Harness & Leash Collection features padded neoprene inner layers for added comfort for both the dog and handler, as well as unique, easy-to-use metalÂ PetfaceÂ clips that are designed with a solid satin premium finish and are fully adjustable to ensure the perfect fit.
DiggsâÂ RevolÂ crate
TheÂ RevolÂ Dog Crate fromÂ DiggsÂ is a patent-pending, collapsible crate that is designed more ergonomic, simple to use, stylish and safer than other wire crates. Itâs easy to set up and easy to collapse, and has two doors, three access points and wheels for easy transport.
Safety Mate Gates
The Safety Mate gate from PrimetimeÂ PetzÂ is a tension-mounted gate that expands to fit openings from 24.5 to 41 in. Made from solid wood with a quick-release, one-handed latch, it features a two-way swing with double-locking system. It comes in a knockdown package that takes up very little shelf space.
FreshÂ SmileezzÂ All Natural Grain-Free Dental Chews
Emerald PetâsÂ FreshÂ SmileezzÂ All Natural Grain Free Dog Dental Chews freshen breath with parsley, dill and mint. The firm, chewy texture, deep ridges and wide shape surround the entire tooth for deep cleaning while coconut oil and kelp reduce bacteria. They are available in mini, small, medium and large.
Get Naked Dental Health Bones
All-natural, grain-free Get Naked Dental Health Bones fromÂ NPICÂ help remove plaque and tartar buildup during chewing. The vanilla flavored bones use five natural breath fresheners, including parsley, fennel, dill, green tea extract and peppermint. They are available in small, medium and large sizes in 6.6- and 15-oz. packages.
FreshBreathÂ Dental Chews
TropiCleanÂ Pet ProductsÂ relaunched its Fresh Breath byÂ TropiCleanÂ Dental Chews with three new flavors: Peanut Butter, Banana and Blueberry. The revamped formula includes natural ingredients like coconut, green tea and the natural mineralÂ SHMPÂ (SodiumÂ Hexametaphosphate), which is clinically proven to safely remove plaque and tartar buildup.
Pura Naturals Pet
Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo
PuraÂ Naturals PetâsÂ Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo kills and repels fleas or ticks with a fresh scent. The soothing formula is made with organic rosemary oil, which has natural antiseptic properties. It includes aromatic cedar and peppermint oil, which are natural repellents, and cinnamon oil to help inflammation.
Defense+ for Dogs
Defense+ for Dogs fromÂ Nutri-VetÂ is formulated to kill, repel and prevent re-infestation of fleas, ticks, mites and mosquitos. It does not contain anyÂ neonicotinoids, which are insecticides harmful to the bee population. It is available in four sizes to treat any size or breed of dog.
Fromm Family Foods
Four StarÂ NutritionalsÂ Rancherosaâ
Fromm Family Foodsâ Four StarÂ NutritionalsÂ RancherosaÂ is a western-influenced diet that is a hearty blend of beef, pork, pinto beans, trout and lamb together with butternut squash and pumpkin, inspired by life on the range. This grain-free kibble option is available in 4, 12Â and 26 lb. sizes.
Champion PetfoodsâÂ unveiled a formulation makeover and flavor additions for itsÂ ACANAÂ Singles line. The formulation improvement adds more high-quality, fresh meat protein, while reducing the number of carbohydrates and shortening the ingredient panel. The two new single animal-source protein flavors are Beef & Pumpkin and Turkey & Greens.
RawbbleÂ Freeze-Dried Diets
With 95-98 percent meat, organs and bone,Â BIXBIâsÂ RAWBBLEÂ Freeze Dried complete and balanced recipes are packed with nutrients and flavor. The small pieces are easilyÂ rehydratedÂ and make feeding, topping or treating simple and convenient. It is one of the most affordable freeze-dried options on the market.Â
Longevity Raw Pet Food
Just Green Tripe Patties
Longevity Raw Pet FoodâsÂ frozen raw Just Green Tripe patties are individually wrapped to make feeding raw simple and convenient.Â GrassfedÂ beef green tripe is aÂ superfoodÂ for pets. It is a highly digestible protein that is nutrient dense and rich in probiotics, and provides digestive enzymes.
The Honest Kitchen
The Honest KitchenâsÂ Pour Overs are 100 percent human-grade, wet toppers that are slow cooked and designed to add a nutritional boost to a dogâs diet. These limited-ingredient toppers are available in three varietiesâBone Broth Stew, Pumpkin Stew andÂ SuperfoodÂ Stewâwith three flavors in each variety.
Mobility Formula Bone Broth
PrimalvoreÂ Holistic Canine NutritionâsÂ Mobility Formula Bone Broth is organic, shelf-stable and comes in a convenient standup pouch with aÂ reclosableÂ cap. The broth is made in small batches that are slow-simmered to extract important nutrients. Collagen peptides are added to improve joint health in dogs, while organic turmeric helps fight inflammation.
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Ziwi Peak New Zealand Free-Range Chicken
ZiwiâsÂ first poultry productâZiwi Peak New Zealand Free-Range Chickenâis made from 100 percent New Zealand free-range chicken, organs and green-lipped mussel. The chickens are ethically raised without added hormones or growthÂ promotantsÂ on farms that are independently audited and certified as humane and free range.
Health Extension Pet Care
Health Extension Grain-Free Canned Diets
Health Extension Pet CareâsÂ super premium collection of grain-free canned diets for dogs features âmeat firstâ recipes that are created with whole foods like real salmon, venison, quail and beef, plus other health-boosting ingredients, like turmeric and apple cider vinegar.Â A variety of recipes are available in 12.5-oz. cans.
Studio ColorÂ CrĂ¨meÂ Chalk
Davis Studio Color Creme Chalk PensÂ are easy-to-use twist-up pens that are self-sealing, dry fast and wash out easily when you are ready for a change. Made for you and your pets, apply on long strands,Â mohawks, top-knots, tails and more.Â Blend them together or use with stencils.
TheÂ BrushBusterÂ fromÂ DexasÂ is a silicone palm brush that is ideal for use between baths, as it keeps a dogâs coat shiny and free of tangles. Each silicone bristle has extra massaging nibs that aid in both de-shedding and in distributing essentials oils throughout a dogâs coat.
EazeeÂ byÂ FooleeÂ Intense Massage Brush PRO
TheÂ EazeeÂ byÂ FooleeÂ grooming tool line now has the Intense Massage Brush PRO. This accessory features flexible fingers that are great for deep massages, stimulating blood circulation and toning up skin.
BISSELLâsÂ BARKBATHQTÂ is a quiet, all-in-one dog bathing system that deep cleans any length of fur or hair with a unique, no-rinse shampoo. Specially designed nozzles get beneath the fur and cleanse the skin, and a soft suction hose gently pulls dirty water away into a separate tank.
TheÂ HandsOnÂ Soft Gloves line are constructed out of the same tough nitrile, durable PVC and nylon fabric as their predecessors, but they are lighter in weight and feature super soft nodules on the fingers and palms to create a calmer, more enjoyable grooming experience.
Pulse ZR II Detachable Blade Clipper
AndisÂ CompanyâsÂ Pulse ZR II Detachable Blade Clipper pairs lithium-ion power and variable speed versatility for professional groomers on the go. This heavy-duty, detachable blade clipper conveniently delivers up to a 2.5-hour run time on a single 2-hour charge. The 5-speed Pulse ZR II adjusts from 2,500 strokes per minute up to a high speed of 4,500Â spm.
Absorber Pro Dry Towels
Absorber Pro Dry TowelsÂ are designed to save groomers time, money and resources while giving dogs a more enjoyable experience. The absorbent and flexible material wrings out easily and continues to dry effortlessly, eliminating the need for multiple towels per client. They are sold in packs of four in two colorsâBlue and Biscuit.
ProcĂŁoÂ Amazonia Grooming Line
PROCĂOÂ AmazoniaâsÂ new grooming product line uses natural bio-actives from fruits, nuts, herbs and leaves found in the Amazon and sourced in a conservational manner. The line includes a variety of shampoos and conditioners for dogs and cats formulated with ingredients such asÂ acai, passion fruit, coconut and Brazilian cherries.
Cardinal Pet Care
EcoBathÂ ManukaÂ Honey Line
Cardinal Pet CareâsÂ EcoBathÂ ManukaÂ Honey line usesÂ ManukaÂ Honeyâderived from New Zealand and known for its healing benefitsâblended with other botanical ingredients such as organicÂ hempseedÂ oil for moisture and organic chamomile extract for conditioning. The line does not contain harsh chemicals, or artificial colors or fragrances.
CBD Dog Health
CBD Dog Hemp Salves
CBD Dog Hemp Salves from CBD Dog HealthÂ are formulated to help alleviate dry skin, treat skin cancers, aid hot spots, treat dermatitis and provide a range of other benefits. The REMEDY, NOURISHÂ and SOOTHE formulas are made in the USA with the highest quality ingredients.
Washable Dog Diapers & Belly Bands
Pet ParentsÂ offers washable dog diapers and belly bands to help with common health issues or post surgery healing. Great for dogs that have urinary/fecal incontinence, gastrointestinal upset or urinary tract infections, they feature Fur-Safe adjustableÂ velcroÂ systems; sewn-in, multi-layer, super-absorbent pads; leak-proof/waterproof exterior shells; and leak-proof elastic edges.
Natureâs Pet Herbals
HempfulÂ Soap Bar for Pets
TheÂ HempfulÂ Soap Bar from Natureâs Pet HerbalsÂ combines full spectrum CBD with organic coconut oil, therapeutic essential oils andÂ neem. Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids,Â neemâs anti-inflammatory andÂ analgesic agents can help to reduce inflammation, as well as repel and kill common biting insects.
PriobioticÂ Skin Care Line
The Probiotic Skin Care lineÂ Skoutâs HonorÂ is designed to boost petsâ natural defenses against shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor. It supports a naturally balanced and healthier-looking skin and coat. Available in three fragrancesâHoneysuckle, Lavender and Unscentedâthe line includes shampoo, conditioner, shampoo/conditioner,Â detanglerÂ and deodorizer.
NaturVetÂ Hemp Line
NaturVetÂ now offers hemp-based alternative solutions with four top products: Allergy, Calming, Immune and Joint. The new hemp line combines hemp seed oil and hemp seed powder for pet parents looking for health benefits from hemp-based products.
YuMOVEÂ Soft Chews
YuMOVEÂ Dog fromÂ LintbellsÂ is a premium, natural joint supplement that soothes stiffness, supports long-term joint health and promotes mobility in dogs. It is clinically proven to work in just six weeks, thanks to ingredients like high-strength, cold-extracted,Â ActivEase,Â Green-Lipped MusselsÂ (a concentrated source of omega-3) and glucosamine.
Under the Weather
Ready Balance from Under the WeatherÂ is a fast-acting probiotic gel containing beneficial bacteria, vitamins and theÂ prebioticÂ inulin to help maintain normal appetite, digestion and gut health during times of stress and digestive upset. The 30 cc dial-a-dose tubeÂ ensuresÂ accurate feeding levels. It is available in a 12-pack display unit.
StarmarkÂ Pet Products
StarmarkÂ expanded its Interactive Play line with new Bend-E Branches. Made of tough rubber, they grunt and croak when flexed to entice tug and fetch play. The material is soft and safe for teeth and gums. It is available in two sizes: large (7.75 in.) and small (6 in.).