When it comes to the health of our pets, we tend to focus on nutrition: What are we feeding them? How often? What treats are good for them?
While these are all important considerations to their health, their overall wellness is important, too. That’s why we took some time to seek out products during 2021’s virtual Global Pet Expo that are about keeping our pets healthy and happy, but are not directly about nutrition.
Global Pet Expo is the “pet industry’s largest annual trade show featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today.” This year’s show was different because of the online aspect so many events have had to embrace. We missed the in-person connections and look forward to seeing people face to face next year, but the virtual show still had over 15k products to browse.
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The Top 15 Wellness Products for Pets
Tall Tails Rubber Pinecone Toy
The benefits: The way the toy is designed it encourages self teeth cleaning, and the natural rubber makes it easy to chew, but durable.
Who it’s for: Dogs of all sizes and ages.
Availability: Check your local pet boutique or on TallTails.com. Retails for $16.99.
Snout Soother for dogs from Natural Dog Company
The benefits: It’s natural, so no chemicals or other irritants that could potentially make the problem worse. Plus, it comes in a few different sizes so that you can decide how much you need or how you want to carry it – tin container or more chapstick-like.
Who it’s for: Dogs who suffer from a dry nose, or even hyperkeratosis, or chronic dry paws.
Availability: Trial stick and 1 oz Tin on Amazon. Retails for $7.95 – $13.95.
Silver Honey Hot Spot & Wound Care Spray + Ointment from Absorbine
The benefits: It brings together the natural healing powers of honey with MicroSilve BG, which helps heal wounds heal faster and is still gentle on your dog’s skin. Plus, it’s proven to stop 99.9% of bacteria immediately.
Who it’s for: Dogs who have minor wounds like cuts or scrapes that do not require vet attention, or as an added treatment to more serious wounds being cared for by a vet.
Availability: 8 oz Spray Gel and 2 oz Tube on Amazon. Retails for $24.95.
Recovery Suits from Suitical International
The benefits: Safely covers wounds or hot spots so your dog or cat cannot lick them. It’s more comfortable than the cone of shame, and the suits can be washed and re-used.
Who it’s for: Dogs or cats who have wounds that need to heal, sutures, bandages, hot spots, or other skin problems that need to be protected.
Availability: Dog Suit and Cat Suit on Amazon. Retails for $34.00+.
Flying Fish Cat Toy by De’ Vora
The benefits: It is a dual purpose toy. It provides enrichment with play while naturally grooming your cat’s nails with the Scratch Square. Learn more about the Scratch Square here.
Who it’s for: Cats who love to play with wand toys and who do not enjoy having their nails trimmed.
Availability: On De’ Vora’s site. Retails for $14.99.
Shampoo Sheets by PetStrips
The benefits: Easy to travel with and environmentally friendly. PetStrips all natural ingredient sheets dissolve instantly and provide a rich lather for washing your dog with NO PLASTIC!
Who it’s for: Anyone who gives their dog a bath…ever. Anyone who cares about reducing plastic waste. And, definitely great for the active campers or outdoorsy dogs.
Availability: PetStrips site. Retails for $11.99 for 20 sheets.
Smart Cat Feeders by Catit
The benefits: It brings tech to feeding time allowing you to control your cat’s meals, even when you are not home. You can control everything through an app and feel good about supporting your cat’s health in a timely manner.
Who it’s for: Cat owned people who may want to offer more frequent and smaller meals throughout the day, whether or not they are home, or those who spend long days away from home, or those who simply love the tech of it!
Availability: None yet. Will be coming out soon though! When they do, they will retail for $114.99 – $129.99.
Slow Feeder Bowls from Paikka
The benefits: Pets that eat too quickly can end up intaking air making them feel rather uncomfortable, or worse it can cause them to vomit or have other serious health consequences. Paikka slow feeder bowls help slow them down by making them eat around the cute 3D pop up in the bowl.
Who it’s for: Dogs or cats that need some help taking mealtime a little bit slower, or anyone who likes the cute stylish look of the bowls.
Availability: Currently only in Europe, but looking to expand soon. Retails for $25 – $50 Euros, depending on bowl size.
Cactus Toothbrush by JoJo Modern
The benefits: It’s both a toy and a toothbrush. It’s unique cactus design allows your dog to hold it while chewing it easily. You also get the option of what kind of treat you want to use for their chewing pleasure.
Who it’s for: Dogs who enjoy chewing toys and need something to help them with their dental health, which is all dogs. Since it’s a new product, we’re not sure if the size will be right for all dogs or if there will be different sizes available.
Availability: Not available as of April 2021, but watch JoJo Modern’s site for its release. Retails for a TBD amount.
Cyclops Cat Self-grooming Brush from PetPals
The benefits: Cats love to groom themselves. It’s a part of their overall wellbeing. This new self-grooming option allows cats to walk through and groom themselves from all sides at once.
Who it’s for: Cats. All of them.
Availability: Another one that isn’t out yet, but watch to be the first to know about its release. Retails for TBD.
Smart Cat Exercise Wheel from The Little Cat
The benefits: Indoor cats, or even adventure cats who can’t always get outside when the weather is nice – and we mean people who take their cats on hikes while harnessed here – need exercise inside the home. This provides exercise and enrichment and has an app to help you track it.
Who it’s for: Cats who seek exercise or need inside enrichment and energy releasing activities. Also for cats who need to stay active so they can adventure as soon as the weather allows.
Availability: They are looking to expand to the U.S. Retails for TBD.
Wound Care Clay from Curicyn
The benefits: It provides healing for wounds that can be hard to cover, and will not stain or burn or itch or create any kind of sensitivity to your pet. It’s approved for many animals, but works best on dogs and cats or livestock pets like goats or pigs.
Who it’s for: Any dog or cat who needs fast treatment for a wound, especially wounds that are hard to cover or close like long or wide scrapes.
Availability: 3.2 oz Container on Amazon. Retails for $13.20.
ZeroBugs Pet Protection by JoJo Modern
The benefits: It provides an environmentally safe way to protect your pet from fleas and ticks by emitting mechanical sounds waves that are safe. Due to size, it’s probably best for dogs, but says it can be used on cats too. It’s non-toxic, light, and resistant to water sprays and moisture.
Who it’s for: Dogs and cats who need protection and who come into contact with children, and whose people prefer not to use chemical treatments.
Availability: Not available yet, but will come in 6 colors on JoJo Modern Pets site and hopefully other retailers soon. Retails for TBD.
Explore & Hide Customizable Maze from Oxbow
The benefits: Small pets need enrichment too. This customizable maze is made from 100% pet-safe materials and stimulates your small pet by supporting its natural behaviors: exploring, hiding, playing, and chewing.
Who it’s for: Small pets who need a little extra enrichment in their lives and whose people like the ease of safe product that promotes many ways to play. Maybe you are thinking about bringing a rabbit home?
Availability: Visit Oxbow to find a retailer near you, but it’s new and may not be available yet. Retails for $TBD.
Thermo-Perch Heated Bird Perch by Central Garden and Pet
The benefits: Birds are made to perch, and warmth is good for them. This adds an enrichment tool to your bird cage to help your bird be exciting about its new landing space.
Who it’s for: Birds who love heat and love to have a place to land that offers them a solid foundation for viewing the world around them.
Availability: Comes in small, medium, and large on Amazon. Retails for $32.99 – $39.99.
When it comes to your pet’s health and wellness and keeping them healthy, what are your favorite products?