BY WILLIAM HAGEMAN
Here’s a quick roundup of some new and interesting items on the pet products front.
Those golden years: As a pet owner, it’s sad when you first notice a beloved dog starting to struggle with the effects of age: the slower gait, the struggle to get up stairs, a diminishing appetite, lack of energy and playfulness.
The Quaker Pet Group’s Silver Tails line of products is aimed at the needs of senior pets. Among the items: an infrared hand-held massager to alleviate pain in sore muscles and joints ($39.99 manufacturer’s suggested retail price); a rear harness that helps dogs with hip, weight or post-surgery problems ($29.99); senior-friendly chew toys ($9.99-$14.99); and a wheat- and gluten-free protein powder to add to food that aids appetite, skin and coat condition and digestion ($11.99). Silver Tails products can be found at silvertails.com and at Petco stores and independent retailers.
Under the sea: Now you can have an exotic water creature with little of the headache. Eshopps has come out with man-made lionfish ($19.95) and orange jellyfish ($15.95), reef aquarium accessories that behave like the real thing (except for the stinging). See the jellyfish in action at youtube.com (type “Eshopps jellyfish” in the search field). The two products were voted best in show in the aquatics division at the Global Pet Expo in March. For buying information, email email@example.com.
Under the earth: Limbo Zoo is offering three eco-friendly urns for departed pets. They’re made from all-natural ingredients – sand, salt and soil – and are biodegradable. Cost is $89 each, including shipping. Most intriguing is the Geos Zoo urn, which features a lid that can be removed and into which a tree can be placed among the ashes. The urn contains nutrients to help the tree get started. The other two are the Nu urn, made of salt and intended to be placed in the ocean, where it will dissolve in less than five minutes, and the Samsara urn, made of sand and intended to be placed in fresh waters. More information is at limbo-northamerica.com.
The KittyKaddy: A person’s physical limitations can often affect their pet. Someone with limited mobility or range of motion and an inability to stoop or bend would have difficulty feeding or giving water to a pet or cleaning up after one. KittyKaddy (kittykaddy.com) offers several pet care tools – a litter scoop ($14), food and water bowl systems ($16), a litter pan ($11-$19), etc. – designed with helpful handles to make it easier for people to care for their pets. And here’s a bonus: The company offers a 20 percent discount to anyone who adopts a cat or dog from a shelter. Contact Marsha@kittykaddy.com for details.
Home turf: The Pet Loo gives your pet – dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig – a place to relieve himself indoors. It’s a cleverly designed system. The animal goes on a synthetic grass surface, and the urine runs through it and drains into a containment unit. Solid matter can be picked up and disposed of, as you would when taking the pet outside. The Pet Loo is fully washable and comes in three sizes, ranging from 17-by-21 inches to 33-by-33. Available at www.thepetloo.com